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Kakerlaken (Harry Hole #2)

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In Bangkok wurde der norwegische Botschafter ermordet. Harry soll die thailändische Polizei unterstützen und taucht tief ein in die Unterwelt einer Stadt, in der Moral und Gesetz keine Rolle spielen. Dabei findet er mehr über den Ermordeten heraus, als seinen Vorgesetzten lieb ist.
Paperback, 410 pages
Published May 13th 2009 by Ullstein (first published 1998)
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James Thane
I confess that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It’s the second in Jo Nesbo’s series featuring Norwegian homicide detective Harry Hole, and as those who follow the series know, for whatever reason, Nesbo’s publishers did not release the books in order here in the U.S. Rather, they jumped into the middle of the series first. I assumed that this was because they felt that the first couple of books were not as good as the latter ones and so wanted to put Nesbo’s (and Harry’s) best foot forw ...more
This book adds nicely to my growing affection for Oslo Detective Harry Hole and admiration for Nesbo. This is the second in the series, though only published in English in 2013. It’s an away game like the first one, set in Bangkok this time, Sydney for the first. Odd as that seems for founding a series, it works for me to effectively highlight Harry’s essential character as a lone man deserving to brought in out of the rain before he gets too alienated.

The case here concerns the murder of the No
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For readers new to Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series, I would say that most of the reviews and comments you see here on GR regarding this second installment in the series are fairly spot-on.

First, what most of us experience as readers is a sense of frustration at having the Nesbo novels published out of sequence (in that respect, most of us started with #3 in the series). You'll read about this. The explanation, from the point of view of the publishers, is that all of them including Nesbo
I love Harry Hole. That's the only thing I have to say.
T. Edmund
First a clarification: While the translation is marketed as 'an early Harry Hole case' Cockroaches is the second Hole novel by Mr Nesbo.

Second the answer to: Is it worth going backwards through time to read this one?

Yes indeed.

Sent to Thailand in the hopes of being too drunk to solve a murder too sensitive to be solved, Harry finds himself drunk sweating and out of his depth in Bangkok. The novel balances Harry's personal life, own demons and the murder mystery well. Focusing mostly on the acti
Cathy DuPont
Leave it to me for crying out loud. If I give five stars, everyone else gives three and if I give three, everyone else (talking about my friends) well, everyone else gives five.

I really, really enjoyed this #2 in the series. Anyone who has been following Harry Hole knows they've been published in English out of sequence and everyone has been griping about it. Understandably, since most of us reading series, any series, enjoys reading them in order.

So while my friends (and professional critics,
The Norwegian ambassador, a friend of the Prime Minister, has been found in a Bangkok motel/brothel with a knife in his back. The Norwegian government has requested that detective Harry Hole fly to Thailand to work on the case with the Thai police. Why was the depressed alcoholic Hole chosen? There are politicians that want to cover up the sordid details, and they feel the self-destructive Hole will be too busy drowning his sorrows to do a thorough investigation. But Harry sobers up, and looks d ...more
Cockroaches is the second in Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole series. Norwegian police officer Harry Hole is back in Norway after solving a case in Australia (I have to backtrack and read that one). Now he is sent off to solve a case in Thailand, a seemingly simple (but of course not) murder of the Norwegian ambassador.

Harry is in full glory in this story, trying (sometimes successfully) to stay sober (or at least dry). Thailand is beautifully evoked and the atmosphere is both exotic and creepy. I found my
Patrice Hoffman
The second installment to the Det. Harry Hole series, Cockroaches was an interesting read. Initially it starts off moving forward with the murder of a Norwegian Ambassador sends Hole packing to Thailand. Fresh off the success and fame of his first case featured in The Bat, he's the numero uno choice to head this case off. Hole navigates the criminal underworld (that isn't so under...worldish) of Thailand all while battling his own personal demons in an effort to find the killer from a host of va ...more
He saw something move in the gloom..he had read that there were more than three thousand different types of cockroach. He had also read that they hide when they hear the vibrations of someone approaching and that for every cockroach you can see there are at least ten hiding.

Harry is sent to Thailand to investigate the murder of Atle Molne, the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand, who was found in a motel with a knife in his back. He's warned to stay sober (yeah, right) and to proceed discreetly; af
Mal Warwick
Norway’s ambassador to Thailand is found lying dead with a knife in his back in a Bangkok brothel. To ensure that the investigation is fumbled and the episode covered up, the politicians who govern the Norwegian police arrange to dispatch an alcoholic detective to take charge of the case, fully expecting that he’ll rush to one of Bangkok’s thousands of bars and drink himself into oblivion for the duration of his stay.

Surprise! The detective, Harry Hole, arrives in Bangkok and immediately goes on
I've previously read 2 other Jo Nesbo, Harry Hole, mysteries, The Redbreast and Nemesis. Cockroaches takes place just before The Redbreast, is, in fact, the 2nd in the Harry Hole series. In this story, Harry is sent to Thailand to help the Thai police (his main contact is Liz, a woman investigator, born in the US, but who moved back to Thailand with her mother when her American father died). There is a varied cast of characters, Norwegian ex-pats, foreign service personnel and Thai police. The s ...more
Mike Gabor
When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case.

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. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the s
COCKROACHES. (1998; U.S. ed. 2014). Jo Nesbo. ****.
This was really the second Harry Hole case, as published in Norway. It was finally translated and released in this country after several of the later adventures had already seen print. In this one, Harry is sent to Thailand to investigate the death of Norway’s ambassador. It is a delicate assignment since he was found dead in a motel with a knife in his back – a motel normally used for liaisons with prostitutes. It turns out, however, that the c
Mar 05, 2014 Ms.pegasus rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of dark Scandinavian mysteries
Shelves: fiction, mystery, thriller
There is little that is pleasant in the world of Harry Hole. His memories are haunted by ghosts. Two years ago, his sister, afflicted with Down's Syndrome, suffered a rape and subsequent abortion. He was unable to solve the case, which has now been closed. He has been drowning his impotent rage in alcohol. Suddenly, he is drafted into a sensitive and politically charged case. The Norwegian ambassador to Thailand has been found murdered in a seedy motel room. A prostitute discovered the body. The ...more
Nicola Mansfield
I loved this book and wanted to give it a 5* but having last read Harry Hole #10 I know they get even way better, so have to keep this to a 4*. Harry is in Thailand this time; he's been sent there to take care of a potentially embarrassing situation where the married Norwegian ambassador has been found murdered in a brothel/hotel. Unknown to Harry, the alcoholic detective, has been sent to hush-hush and cover things up quietly, nobody expects him to actually solve the case. But this is Harry Hol ...more
Prepare to be shocked when you read a book by Jo Nesbo. This is the second in the Harry Hole series although several of his later books have been published earlier. Last year I read Police. I've also read the very first one, The Bat, which helped me make sense of the character. In this book, the Norwegian ambassador in Thailand, is found murdered in a seedy hotel. Harry is chosen to investigate. It soon becomes apparent that the higher-ups have chosen Harry because they are sure he'll spend most ...more
Alan Chen
Cockroaches is the second book in the Harry Hole series but it has been previously unpublished in English. I've read all the books in the series and one benefit of reading a mystery series is that you get to know the protagonist really well and it's like going back to a comfortable vacation spot: you sort of know what to expect (and you like it). Harry Hole is in Thailand in this episode and Nesbo does a great job of painting the scene. The novel takes place in the 90s when Thailand's has gone t ...more
I really like Harry Hole. He is smart and always gets his man despite his various addictions which now include drugs as well as alcohol! This is a fast and action packed read which I enjoyed very much indeed. Now that I have been to Norway myself I loved all the Norwegian references almost as much as the Australian ones in Nesbo's first book. I will certainly continue to read this series.
Finished COCKROACHES by Jo Nesbo this morning. It was a classic murder mystery set in Thailand. For awhile I would say that I would rank Harry Hole as one of my favorite literary detectives, but now I'm not really sure. Perhaps I'm not enjoying the earlier stories as much because I completely devoured the more recently published tales.

Regardless of my personal feelings towards Hole, this was still a solid story. Excellent deceptive writing and plot twisting, and as is required by me a good dose
Betsy Hetzel
I love Nesbo's writing, I love his detective Harry Hole, I've read most of the Hole series and this one I liked least. Perhaps the whole debased,dark side of Thailand's environment got to me, especially the sex trafficking of young children; maybe it was the subject matter that just turned me off. But, I didn't find it up to par with his other novels in that there was no surprise "Ah ha moment" in it for me, something that I have come to expect from Nesbo with his habitual use of intriguing, wel ...more
Nancy Brisson
I have, for some reason, read Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole books out of order and I still haven’t read the first book The Bat. These books, read in their order of publication would, I believe, show the author becoming more and more a master of his craft and a master of his fox hound of an inspector who cannot quit a case once it has been assigned until it has been solved beyond a shadow of a doubt. Clearly, you should never try to collar Harry Hole (who usually works for the police) and try to hold him ...more
Robert Poor
"Cockroaches" is Jo Nesbo's second novel featuring his Norwegian detective, Harry Hole. Good sturdy noir, efficiently delivered, this story is set in and around the seedy stripper bars, neon karaoke clubs, and traffic jams of Bangkok. It's funny - I hadn't thought about it before, but Bangkok is the perfect setting for a hardboiled noir, but I don't recall ever reading a noir set there before.

Nesbo's descriptions of the Bangkok heat, smells, sounds, and quirks contain wonderful, often humorous
Tanja Berg
Rating 3* out of 5. It's a well-crafted crime novel and I can't put a finger on why I didn't like it. Certainly it did not portray my country of birth, Thailand, in the best of light, but it felt realistic. I think my main problem is with the main protagonist, Harry Hole. He is such an asshole! I didn't like him at the end of the series (except in the last book) and he's certainly not presenting a better figure here.

Harry Hole - he prefers the pronounciation "Holy" in English - had a succesful
Luanne Ollivier
I've been a fan of Norwegian author Jo Nesbo's Detective Harry Hole series from the first North American release. But, sometimes, the order of publication in North America does not match the original release/writing date.

Last year saw the N.A. release of the first book The Bat. It was great to read the first book and discover the 'origins' of Harry. (my review) And the second Harry Hole book, Cockroaches, is newly released.

The Norwegian ambassador in Thailand has been found dead in a known br
Finally, the second Harry Hole novel has been translated into English! In Cockroaches, Harry Hole is sent to Thailand to investigate the murder of the Norwegian ambassador in a brothel. Of course, this a Harry Hole mystery and the investigation of a murder segues into a believable investigation into a child pornography ring.

The title Cockroaches comes from the adage that for every cockroach you see, there are hundreds hidden behind the way. That's how this mystery played out; for every bad guy
Rafal Jasinski
Drugim tomem z serii poświęconej Harry'emu Hole, Nesbø utwierdził mnie w przekonaniu, że spośród znanych mi pisarzy z rejonu skandynawskiego, jest autorem najlepszym w swej kategorii. Być może to mocno subiektywne odczucie, jakkolwiek kryminały Nesbø spełniają wszystkie cechy, które tak sobie cenię. Po pierwsze, doświadczony przez los, niepokorny detektyw, taki, co to potrafi postawić się swoim przełożonym, kiedy wymaga tego dobro sprawy, przebiegły, ale również popełniający szereg błędów, niedo ...more
Harry Hole #2, Torakat ("Cockroaches")
It's weird, after reading all the series available in English (starting from #3, Redbreast, to Phantom) and of course growing attached to and worried about Harry, to then read #1, The Bat (that one in English, having ordered it from UK), and now #2, where we finally meet Harry also in Norway... meet Harry before all the evil snow men serial killers in Oslo managed to slowly get the worst out of him. It's been a real crime that the first two books of the seri
Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)

This book gave me the feeling of having traveled back in time! Yeah well, that is what should happen (doesn’t always do though) when you read the most recent book in the series just before going back to one of the first few. ‘Cockroaches’ is technically the second book in the Harry Hole Series but it has only recently been translated. The last Jo Nesbø book that I have read is Leopard (Harry Hole 8) and so it was both a nuisance and a pleasure to read this
This is the third Nesbo book I have read now. Because the first book to be translated in to English was The Redbreast, that is where I started with the series and I really liked it. So then The Bat was released and now Cockroaches so I thought I would catch up on Harry Hole's early antics before reading the later novels. I have to say that Nesbo's writing has changed a lot even from between book 1 to book 3. While I enjoyed Cockroaches, it wasn't as in depth as the later book I read.

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Jo Nesbø is a bestselling Norwegian author and musician. He was born in Oslo and grew up in Molde. Nesbø graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics. Nesbø is primarily famous for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocals and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Dokt ...more
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