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Flaggermusmannen (Harry Hole #1)

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Politimannen Harry Hole er i Sydney for å bistå australsk politi i etterforskningen av drapet på en ung norsk kvinne. På sin vei gjennom lysskye miljøer treffer han horer og halliker, transer, klovner og pushere. Og noen aboriginer, Australias urinnvånere.
Harry Hole har reist så langt vekk fra Norge som det er mulig å komme. Saken er komplisert, og i den blinde nattejakten
Paperback, 339 pages
Published July 2nd 2005 by Aschehoug (first published 1997)
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Jelle I agree here, it really felt a bit odd like i missed a couple of pages.

But considering this is his first published book, i can cut him some slack. I…more
I agree here, it really felt a bit odd like i missed a couple of pages.

But considering this is his first published book, i can cut him some slack. I have good faith that his writing will improve with the books that followed. This was very much true when reading "The Dresden Files" by Jim butcher, i hope its the same for this series.(less)

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Jeffrey Keeten
Oct 17, 2013 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-noir
”A sudden, uncontrollable fury rose in him, and he cast around for something to smash. He snatched the whiskey bottle from the table and was about to launch it at the wall, but changed his mind at the last moment.
Lifelong training in self-control, he thought, opening the bottle and putting it to his mouth.”

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As you read this novel you are going to realize just how much sarcasm is loaded into that statement. Harry Hole, pronounced Hoo-leh, is dispatched to Sydney Australia to investigate the murd
Sep 19, 2012 Noeleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole series, I waited eagerly, like many other fans, for The Bat, the first book in the Harry Hole series, to finally be translated into English. It was like waiting for Santa to arrive on Christmas Eve and deliver that wonderful present that you are hoping you will get, the pure excitement of it all! Unfortunately, Santa didn’t deliver that wonderful present in the form of The Bat, instead of receiving that perfect present, Santa delivered to me (oh the d ...more
A very different experience this one was for me. Harry 'Hoo-ley' is an experienced detective with a story of his own to tell, bought out to Sydney, Australia to assist Australian Police in a murder of a Norwegian woman. The poor man is called Harry Holy by everyone, he's given up on correcting people. An interesting one here as this is a Norwegian writer delving strongly into Aboriginal culture, and even re-telling some dream time stories. I am not at all good at concentrating at the best of tim ...more
James Thane
This is the book that introduced Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad--or it least it would have been had not several of the later Harry Hole novels reached the U.S. ahead of it. The wait is finally over, though, and The Bat is now at last available in a U.S. edition.

It seems a bit odd that the first book in a series featuring a Norwegian police inspector would be set in Australia. Nonetheless, that's the case. A young Norwegian woman who had been something of a minor television celebrit
Many of my “Goodreads friends” warned me that “The Bat” was not the best book in the series. Further, they warned that I might not want to read other books in the “Harry Hole” series, if I started with this book. So, I committed to myself to read the next two (2) books in the series, even if I thought “The Bat” was a terrible read.

Well, reading this book was a chore. I did not like Harry Hole, the protagonist, or any of the other characters in the first book of the series. Harry Hole a police fr
Dec 16, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my other binge-reading project of the winter, I thought that there was no better time to explore the Harry Hole series by Norwegian Jo Nesbø. I had heard much about the series, and with a keen interest in all things Scandinavian when the thriller genre is involved, I thought I could do no wrong. As the series begins, Harry Hole (that's two syllables, Holy) finds himself in Sydney, Australia where he's been sent to represent the Royal Norwegian Police Directorate to investigate the murder of a ...more
Although I love mysteries and thrillers, and have collected the Harry Hole series, this is the first mystery in the series that I have read. My procrastination meant that I could begin with the first book in Jo Nesbø's acclaimed series -- sometimes procrastination does pay off.

In this book, Harry Hole has just arrived in Sydney, Australia, after being assigned by the Oslo Crime Department to liaise with the local police department in investigating the recent death of a beautiful Norwegian citiz
Jon Kurtz
My first novel by author Jo Nesbo, left me nearly as schizophrenic as a Jim Carey character. From the beginning, I found the writing difficult to digest. Set in Australia, authored by a Norwegian, and translated into the Queen's English, my American brain sloshed through the idioms saturating the pages. But I remained engaged. With a background in law enforcement, I viewed the portrayal of protagonists and antagonist as over-the-top and not realistic. But I stayed entertained. With the same eye, ...more
Jan 11, 2014 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Harry Roolaart
Good for a first Harry Hole novel as it was the first in the publishing sequence in Norway, though a late arrival to these shores in translation. I had the pleasure of his background and personhood on an away game in New South Wales, where his sister was murdered in Sydney. Away games for detective characters is a common practice, but rare for a first time at bat. But it works for me as a way to know Harry without his team, a pure form so to speak.

Harry turns out not to be a cold fish or totall
Apr 29, 2017 Saša rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hari Hule, nice to meet you.
I guess...

Jer ovaj pocetak ne obecava slavu koju uziva gore navedeni.
Krimic je standardne radnje, nadjena mrtva devojka, serijjski ubica, cliffhanger itd.
Likovi su uglavnom papirni sem Harija i detektiva Andrew Kensington-a.
Kad bolje razmislim Endrju mi je bio zanimljiviji lik od Harija, zato sto je Aboridzin sa svim svojim
realnim problemima, kako privatnim, tako i problemima Aboridzinske, hmm zajednice u Australiji.
Opis Sidneja i odnosi izmedju belaca i Aboridzina s
Helena Halme
I really wanted to like this first Harry Hole novel, but I'm afraid I found it rather far fetched and dull.

For me the best thing about Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole novels is their dark and moody Norwegian setting, so perhaps I didn't like The Bat because it's set in Sydney.

A Norwegian girl is found brutally murdered, and the Australian police send for a Norwegian policeman to pacify the country's Embassy.

What follows is Australia through the eyes of a damaged, t-toal, young Norwegian policeman. Ther
Rosa, really
Mar 05, 2014 Rosa, really rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who love a tortured hero

I love you, Harry, but--

And I love this series and would highly recommend it, but--

This was kind of an odd experience because although The Bat is the first book in the series, it's the 9th or 10th book published in English. When I first started the series I was most seriously disturbed that they chose to start with The Redbreast, the third book (IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT), but I read an article about the author where he said he thought the first 2 books were not well-done and he was happy the English-
Sep 04, 2013 Lyn rated it liked it
The Bat, by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo is the first of the Inspector Harry Hole (pronounced Hoo-leh) novels.

Set in Australia of all places, Nesbo introduces our hero as a foreign policeman sent on a diplomatic mission to assist with the investigation of the murder of a minor Norwegian celebrity in Sydney. The novel starts slowly but builds to an exciting, if somewhat minimalistic, and troubling, ending.

Nesbo does an above average job of introducing an array of characters and develops some intri
A Norwegian national is killed while working in Australia and Detective Harry Hole is sent to assist in the investigation. It’s not long before her death is linked to a string of murders and it’s believed a serial killer is on the loose. Can Harry and company track down and stop the murderer before he kills again?

Like seemingly everyone on the planet, I enjoyed Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and after I closed the book on the final novel, I began hearing that this Jo Nesbo guy was someone I
May 14, 2017 Koula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
M' αρέσει που αγόρασα και την επετειακή έκδοση, μιας και είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο που έγραψε ο Nesbo.
Δεν μου άρεσε, η πλοκή ήταν άνευρη, άτονη και έξω από τα συνηθισμένα του συγγραφέα.
Επανάληψη, φλυαρία με ελάχιστο αστυνομικό σασπένς, που δεν έβλεπα την ώρα να το τελειώσω.
Ενδιαφέρουσα η αναφορά, οι ιστορίες και οι μύθοι γύρω από τους Αβορίγινες της Αυστραλίας.
Τρία αστεράκια, μόνο γιατί είναι το πρώτο του και γιατί είναι Nesbo.
Kαλές αναγνώσεις!
First off: If you've never read Jo Nesbo, DON'T start with this one. Nesbo's first Harry Hole book and the least accomplished. It's set in Sydney and just when I though I would lose the will to live if I had to read/hear one more Aboriginal creation myth used to explain the mysteries of life; on about pg. 168 order was restored with a spectacularly gruesome murder involving a clown leading Harry to fall off the wagon (thank God!), wreak havoc, have a couple of dark nights of the soul and of cour ...more
If you're like me, you probably encountered the Jo Nesbø phenomenon by reading one of his more recent Harry Hole novels (for me it was The Snowman that sold me), and if you're like me, you have a nagging feeling you're missing something when skipping the first installments of an episodic police thriller series, you'd then feel the overwhelming need to start with The Bat.

I gotta tell you: this was...not very good. There are several explanations floating around out there as to why the first few in
Sep 25, 2012 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a curse with books translated into English: they don't appear in the order they were published in the original. Once you got to like Jo Nesbo here comes his first Harry Hole novel and only then you learn things about the detective that would have helped you to understand the books you have already read. So what is your option? Start re-reading the already read books? Btw no problem with me as I read quite fast but don't remember the plots (not even the perps..) but on the other hand ther ...more
I'd already read and enjoyed The Snowman (Harry Hole #7) from this series a while ago and was torn as to whether I really wanted to read all of the other books, and in order, or if I could just skip around and read only the higher rated selections. My library has almost all the earlier books on audio, so I started with this, the first in the series. Unfortunately I wasn't able to devote 100% attention whilst this was playing along; but I'm sure I did glean the important parts, enough to realize ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
May 28, 2013 Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: netgalley
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I am a Jo Nesbo fan. I have read all his other books in the Harry Hole series and mostly have been very impressed with the action, the narrative, the character development, the intrigue and the resolution. This book however is an exception to the series. It is banal, its language wooden, stilted and as an Australian reading Hole’s experience of his adventures in Sydney, Australia and of Australians, I generally felt let down and uncomfortable with the stereotypes and colloquialisms - of
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The first in the Harry Hole series comes to an American audience as the last published (what on earth is wrong with these publishing companies - so often, their disregard of readers who read series in the order written reeks of ignorance: the ignorance as to what compels readers to follow a series). My series review below starts with The Redbreast, the third in the series as forced upon us by the American publishers and that context should be kept in mind when reading it.

As to this, t
aPriL does feral sometimes
I read different genres, and books which slide over the genre category rules don't bother me. This first in the Harry Hole series is a slider, I think - somewhere between a cozy and a noir (In my opinion, I think many British/European mystery series tend to be sliders). Many of the characters have normal family relationships they care about, and the cops have relaxing lives beyond the job - which bring the story into cozy territory. However, the crimes and criminals are noir country. A sliding m ...more
Πρόκειται για το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς με ήρωα το Χάρι Χόλε, τον ψηλό, ξανθό, πλην όμως αλκοολικό ντετέκτιβ. Αν θα πρέπει σώνει και καλά οι ήρωες των αστυνομικών να έχουν ένα κουσούρι, ο δικός μας εδώ έχει το ποτό. Ωστόσο κάπου αναρωτιέται ο ίδιος ο ήρωας γιατί ένας καθ' όλα σωστά μεγαλωμένος έφηβος, με πλήρη υποστήριξη από μια αγαπημένη οικογένεια, φτάνει να το ρίξει στο ποτό, ερώτημα που θα μείνει αναπάντητο.
Η υπόθεση διαδραματίζεται στο Σίδνεϋ, τον Γενάρη, μακριά από το παγωμένο Όσλο και τ
Η Νυχτερίδα είναι ένα άκρως καλοκαιρινό βιβλίο, όπου ο Νορβηγός πρωταγωνιστής μας ταξιδεύει Ιανουάριο στην Αυστραλία για να παρακολουθήσει την έρευνα που διεξάγουν οι τοπικές αρχές για την εξιχνίαση του θανάτου μιας νεαρής κοπέλας διάσημης στη χώρα του. Παρόλο που ο ρόλος του είναι καθαρά εκείνος του παρατηρητή, ο Χάρι Χόλε θα εμπλακεί στην υπόθεση και θα κυνηγήσει τον δολοφόνο που απ' ότι φαίνεται δεν είναι ένας απλός δολοφόνος της μιας φοράς, αλλά ένας ψυχοπαθής που δρα σε ολόκληρη την Αυστραλ ...more
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Πρώτο βιβλίο του Χάρι Χόλε και μπορώ να πω ότι δεν ενθουσιάστηκα. Το βρήκα πολύ λεπτομερέστατο σε σημείο βαρεμάρας και η υπόθεση θα μπορούσε να διαλευκανθεί πολύ πιο γρήγορα.
Παρολαυτά στις σελίδες του βρήκα ενδιαφέροντα στοιχεία της γραφής του Νέσμπο πχ... η περιγραφή της πάλης ανάμεσα στον Χάρι και του Άντριου με τους κακοποιούς στο κρίκετ μπαρ ήταν εκστατικά...
Σαν χαρακτήρα ο Χάρι Χόλε μου φάνηκε λίγο μπερδεμένος και φρέσκος στην δουλειά...
Αλλά αυτό που μου έκανε εντύπωση ήταν η πολυλογία του
Jenny Ko
Το πρώτο βιβλίο του Jo Nesbo δε με ενθουσίασε όσο περίμενα. Βέβαια είναι λογικό καθώς είναι η αρχή της συγγραφικής του καριέρας και ψάχνει να βρει τα πατήματά του. Η ιστορία μου φάνηκε συνηθισμένη, δεν είχε την αγωνία που συναντά κανείς στα άλλα του βιβλία και ο πρωταγωνιστής Χαρυ Χόλε δεν έχει βρει ακόμα το δρόμο του. Κάποια στοιχεία του χαρακτήρα του, όπως ο αλκοολισμός του μου φάνηκαν οτι εμφανίζονται απότομα. Το καλό είναι ότι μαθαίνουμε πληροφορίες για το παρελθόν του Χάρυ και όλη η πλοκή δ ...more
Patrice Hoffman
I have been excited for so long to read a book by Jo Nesbo. I have come across a few of his works featuring the Norwegian detective of the Oslo Crime Squad, Harry Hole but I didn't read them because I hadn't acquired The Bat yet. I've read reviews for The Snowman and Redbreast since they are two I have found in the local bookstore I frequent. Plans to collect more are on the horizon but for now, let's talk about The Bat.

The Bat is Jo Nesbo's introduction of Harry Hole. Hole is called to Australi
Tony Nielsen
Sep 18, 2012 Tony Nielsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to this, the first Jo Nesbo thriller, introoducing the flawed but fantastic cop character Harry Hole. Strangely its the last of the series to be translated from the original Norwegian. I certainly wasn't disappointed. This story is mostly based in Sydney, so familiar territory to us antipodeans, and so Jo Nesbo tells it, he wrote most of The Bat after he'd taken time-out in Australia following his hectic career in finance. Having read The Bat I'm even more convinced ...more
Aug 11, 2015 Amar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, kindle
Sve u svemu i nije toliko loše , koliko sam čitao po komentarima . Likovi su zanimljivi i ima par twistova u priči (zanimljivih ). Ali , MENI je opet falio nekakav WOW momenat .

Vidim da nastavci imaju mnogo bolje ocjene i radujem se njima . Ima potencijala , Harry mi je bas zanimljiv lik .

A izdavaču idu velike kritike. Em zbog prijevoda , em zbog onoliko neprevedenih engleskih fraza . Nemam ja problem sa tim , ali vjerujem da mnogi ljudi ne razumiju baš sve te engleske rečenice .
3.5 stars

Imagine a place where people have been isolated for forty thousand years. In other words, they haven't experienced Judaism, never mind Christianity and Islam, because a whole ocean has separated them from the closest continent. Nevertheless, they come up with their own history of creation, the Dreaming.

The bat is the Aboriginal symbol of death..

Similar to the story of Adam and Eve, Ber-rook-boorn and his wife were told by the Great Fatherly Spirit, Baiame,
" You can take food from anyw
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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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Harry Hole (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Nemesis (Harry Hole, #4)
  • The Devil's Star (Harry Hole, #5)
  • Frelseren (Harry Hole, #6)
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“Everything you do leaves traces, doesn’t it. The life you’ve lived is written all over you, for those who can read.” 35 likes
“How's your girlfriend?'
‘Birgitta?’ Harry was quiet, ‘I don’t know. She wont talk to me. Feeling terrible, I hope.’
'Why do you hope she’s feeling terrible?’
‘I hope she loves me, of course.’
Sandra emitted a rasping laugh. ‘And how are you. Harry Holy?’
‘Terrible.’ Harry smiled sadly”
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