The thrilling first book in the best-selling Harry Hole series, never before published in English. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth.
The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo. Harry is out of his depth. He's not supposed to get too involved. He might just be the next victim. Harry is on a special mission.
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Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and Harry has been sent to investigate. He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal. Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in?
Grainy CCTV footage shows a man walking into a bank and putting a gun to a cashier's head. He tells her to count to twenty-five. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case. He goes to dinner at her house and wakes up at home with no memory of the past twelve hours. The same morning the girl is found shot dead in her bed. Then Harry begins to receive threatening e-mails.
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The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows.
Harry is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As the team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity. The Leopard.
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In the depths of winter a killer stalks the city streets. Two women are found drowned in their own blood. A third woman is hanged from a diving board.
The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them catch the killer. After the horrors of a case that nearly cost him his life, Harry Hole left Oslo and the police force far behind him.
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Denied permission to reopen the investigation, Harry strikes out on his own, quickly discovering a trail of violence and mysterious disappearances apparently unnoticed by the police. At every turn, Harry is faced with a wall of silence. But Harry is not the only one interested in the case. From the moment he steps off the plane, someone is watching his every move.
Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. Least of all himself. The Thirst. A woman is found murdered after an internet date.
The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.
Knife — coming July Knife sees Harry Hole waking up with a ferocious hangover, his hands and clothes covered in blood. Not only is Harry about to come face to face with an old, deadly foe, but with his darkest personal challenge yet. Pre-order Knife here. Next, someone close to Harry is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night she was killed? A pulse-racing Harry Hole thriller that will keep you guessing till the finale page. Detective Harry Hole begins his investigation, but after dinner with an old flame wakes up with no memory of the past 12 hours.
The Devil's Star. But Harry is already on his final warning and has little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor when it becomes apparent that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands.
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The Redeemer. Harry Hole returns in a pulse-pounding thriller like no other. But when the assassin discovers he's shot the wrong man, Harry finds his troubles have only just begun. The Snowman. And then he will appear againDetective Harry Hole soon discovers that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. The Leopard. Love twist-filled crime? But Inspector Harry Hole doesn't want to be found. Harry Hole is in trouble. The police don't want him back After the horrors of a case that nearly cost him his life, Harry Hole left Oslo and the police force far behind him.
Now he's back, but the case he's come to investigate is already closed, and the suspect already behind bars. The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve.