Review: The Bat by Jo Nesbo

The BatThe Bat by Jo Nesbo (Harry Hole series, book 1)
Crime Fiction, 384 pages
ISBN: 9780345807090
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original

FTC Disclosure: Digital edition downloaded from library


It was a challenge on deciding how to rate this book. There were a few passages that seemed to go on and on, but when I thought about it, those passages were necessary to understand the main character a bit better. Also, I’m not sure that Nesbo really thought that this would turn into a series that is up to ten books and counting. A writer wants to flesh out all his good characters, especially the main one, so it’s understandable Nesbo made sure his readers understand a lot about Harry by the end of this first book.

There were also passages relating stories from the Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime. It helped that I’ve studied Australian Aboriginal storytelling and it’s history, so the forays Nesbo had his characters take in telling them to Harry didn’t bother me at all. They are there for a reason and I advise any reader to not skip over them if at all possible no matter how tempted.

This is the first book in the series, introducing Harry Hole in all his imperfect glory. It will capture your interest right away and strap it to rocket as it propels you through a crime mystery that won’t insult your intelligence along the way.

The translation is pretty well done, but not perfect, which is fine. None of the little glitches I came across detracted from the overall story at all. It’s one of the best translations I’ve read. I won’t make the obligatory comparison to a fellow countryman and crime fiction author Stieg Larsson other than to say I like Nesbo better. It’s a personal preference, so I highly recommend reading Nesbo (if you haven’t already) to decide for yourself.

As for me, I’m keeping both author’s books on my shelves. Not only are they a great first read, I’m sure they will be an awesome second and third.

PS…if you want to see what the series entails, check out this list at FictFact.




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