Saturday, 24 February 2018

Cockroahes (Harry Hole Series) by Jo Nesbø

Paperback:  Harry is on a special mission.

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.  It is clear that the Ambassador's family are hiding some secrets of their own, but few people are willing to talk.

But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes.  Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls.

He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal.

Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador’s death even though no one asked him to, and no one wants him to - not even Harry himself.

When Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage, things only get more complicated.  The man who gave him the tape goes missing, and Harry realises that failing to solve a murder case is by no means the only danger that faces the unwary.

But in an unfamiliar city, who can you trust?

Cockroaches (2013) is the second instalment in the beguiling Harry Hole thriller series.  Cockroaches is translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett.

About the author:  Born in 1960 in Oslo, Norway, Jo Nesbø graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics.  He went on to work as a freelance journalist and as a stockbroker in the finance sector.  His first Harry Hole crime novel was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant bestseller, winning a best Nordic crime novel prize (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson).  The Harry Hole series has been a huge success, making bestseller lists throughout Europe - selling more than 9 million copies around the world.  He is the lead singer and songwriter for Norwegian rock band 'di Derre'.

Rating:  5/5

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