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Den norske ambassadøren i Thailand blir funnet drept på et horehus i Bangkok, og i Oslo legges en plan for hvordan en skandale skal unngås. Politimannen Harry Hole setter seg på flyet med fylleånde og B12-sprøyter. Snart vandrer han rundt i Bangkoks bakgater blant opiumshus, templer, turistreklame, barneprostituerte og go-go-barer. Harry Hole oppdager etter hvert at det dr ...more
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Published 2008 by Aschehoug & co (first published January 1st 1998)
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Federico DN
A politician murdered in very politically incorrect circumstances, an extremely delicate situation, and a brilliant detective determined to making it worse.

An important norwegian ambassador is found dead with a knife in the back, in a room of an underground brothel. In this sequel of the series the *star detective* Harry Hole is sent to Thailand to investigate the homicide of the ambassador, assassinated in strange and very politically incorrect circumstances. An investigation that will lead our
Evgnossia O'Hara
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review was originally published on my Blog Through the Chapters

“No persons or events mentioned in this book should be confused with real persons or events. Reality is far too strange for that.”

New country. A dark case. The demons that Harry Hole has to fight; to stay sane; to keep moving.

It is like having a déjà vu where the theme is the same but the details have changed. The Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, and the Inspector Harry Hole is dispatch
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
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Norwegians living and dying in Bangkok.

And lots of cavorting too.

Whether you’re a Dirty Harry Callahan fan or prefer your super sleuths wearing a deer slayer hat, fans of the crime mystery genre have hit on a cool fact: Scandinavians make good crime fiction.

Certainly the late Stieg Larsson has captured the lion’s share of the recent market, but Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo has found a winning formula with his Harry Hole stories. Published in 1998, Cockroaches (Kakerlakkene in its original title) th
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
An embassy official has been found murdered in a brothel in Thailand,Harry Hole has been sent to investigate the murder byJagfin Torhus from the ministry of affairs.

He teĺls Harry that its top secret and to not tell anyone, the autopsy report shows that he was stabbed in the heart, but when Hole looks for finger prints there are none,nor were there any witnesses?

When Hole digs deeper he finds that Atle Molners may be involved in a child trafficking ring.

Is this a coverup or is there something mo
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Harry Hole. That's the only thing I have to say.
Harry Hole (as in the hula of the hula hoop) is quite the guy. He’s fighting his demons simultaneously with the bad guys. He is seconded to Thailand this time (book number one was Sydney) to hunt down the killer of the Ambassador to Norway. I really love this character affectionately known as Hula, but the stories aren’t doing it for me. I will keep persisting though to try and get a better grip of Harry. I did the audio again, as my library doesn’t have a great range to choose from and this tim ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's commonly known that the first two Harry Hole novels not really that great.
With me being a complesionist I still wanted to start at the beginning, reading both within 3 weeks of each other probably didn't help as I struggled to enjoy this one.

Detective Harry Hole is again sent abroad to uncover a case, this time Bangkok and the murder of a Norwegian diplomat.
Nesbø certainly captures the seedy side of Thailand's capital, in a way it's a perfect fit for heavy drinking Hole.

There's no denying t
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than "The Bat," the first book in the series.
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
This is the second book in the Harry Hole series. Cockroaches is a notch up from "The Bat" from the standpoint of intrigue and depth. I shall carry on with the Harry Hole adventures and see where the next story takes him.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Hole is a train-wreck. I think that is pretty clear. He is chosen to investigate a crime/murder in Thailand. He is chosen mainly because he is an alcoholic and the powers that be hope that perhaps Hole will bumble the investigation and it can be swept under the rug if you will. The Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand has been found dead in a Bangkok brothel with a knife sticking out of his back. Instead of bumbling the case, Hole gets to Thailand and, although he has his demons, he gets to wo ...more
I loved The Bat by Jo Nesbo so I was excited to read Cockroaches. Cockroaches is the second book in the Harry Hole series, but I’ve seen many people say to skip directly to the third book because the first two aren’t as good as the rest of them. I genuinely hate skipping books in a series and find that missing out on character progression just isn’t for me, so I began my relationship with Harry with the first book.

In Cockroaches, a body is found in a brothel in Thailand and the deceased is deter
Thomas Edmund
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

I may be the only person on Goodreads who hates this series. But I do. I so, so do.

The narrator is an alcoholic who somehow manages to stumble his sodden way into solving murders. He isn't very well characterized, and I don't much care about him or his reasons for being a drunk.

The female characters of these books (and I read and didn't like The Bat, too) are stereotypes. They're all hookers, or junkies, or in love with the "hero," or ugly and butch, like the description of the "main" female cha
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's great to be back reading a Harry's story.
Like the first book, this one also has plenty of twists and turns and we are left guessing what is really going on.
Cockroaches is a big improvement on the previous book and I am looking forward to reading The Redbreast next.
A traditional sort of story, although the setting in Bangkok was exotic. Not that the exotic setting had any real impact on the story. Can't say I was mightily interested in the tale nor the characters. Violence was kept at a medium level so that was alright. I wonder when Nesbo turned ultra violent in his Harry Hole stories as I really could not take his story of The Snow Man (Harry Hole #7) because of extreme kinky cruelty. Perhaps I should try some more early Harry Hole books in my search for ...more
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
I want to watch the movie The Snowman based on one of the books in the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo. The book the film is based on is the seventh book in this series. I am a bit OCD about reading a series in chronological order...and always reading the book before I watch a movie adaptation. So, I have a lot of reading to do before I can watch the film! :) In Book one, The Bat, Norwegian Police Inspector Harry Hole was sent to Sydney, Australia to investigate the murder of a Norwegian woman. In ...more
This is the 2nd in Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series and not any better than his first book The Bat. I listened to one of his standalone books, The Son, not to long ago and really enjoyed the book. I'm going to stick to his more recent crime / mystery books and skip the earlier ones.

3 out of 5 stars.
Caro the Helmet Lady
This was much better than The Bat. Good intrigue and many twists in the story. Then why just three stars you may ask? Well, because I think Nesbo is pushing the buttons of sentimental and outraging too obviously and that makes everything a bit too cheap and easy. Or maybe it's because it was written some 20 years ago, when one could get away with many things in writing a catchy crime book. Still not a big fan of Harry as a detective. But at least now I sorta get the hype. Let's say it's a solid ...more
Cathy DuPont
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
David Schaafsma
The second Harry Hole novel from Jo Nesbo, though translated much later than the others. I am, since new to Nesbo, reading them in the order in which they were written. The first novel, Bat, was written about the murder of a minor Norwegian celebrity in Sydney, to be solved by alcoholic Norwegian detective Harry Hole (pronounced Ho-leh, but in this audiotape the reader pronounces it either Hole or N'Hole for some reason). He's a little like Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood film); he is unpredicatable ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Scandinavian Noir
The second outing or adventure of Harry Hole. He is send to a hot Bangkok because the Norwegian ambassador has been found murdered. Harry is send for two reasons: his media profile due to the last case he did solve and because he is a total alcoholic who is sure to f#ck up and mess up any chance of solving anything and therefor not embarrass any potential diplomatic situation. However they have underestimated Hole's self destructing personality as he swears of alcohol for the time being and as a ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nesbø brings Harry Hole back for another explosive mystery, again on the other side of the world. When Norway's Ambassador to Thailand is found murdered in a brothel, the suspects and motives are plentiful while the political scrambling begs for a cover-up. In a country where all sexual proclivities can be met, both legal and illegal, nothing seems off limits, though with these secrets come great responsibility. Hole is sent to investigate, while keeping the Police Commissioner and Ministry of F ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cockroaches is one of the earlier Harry Hole books that I had, apparently, neglected to read. Having read it well out of sequence did no apparent harm to my ability to enjoy it. It was pretty typical of Jo Nesbo's of the brilliant, alcoholic Norwegian detective whose last I choose to pronounce with two syllables (hol a) as not doing so creates an image that I prefer not to encounter.

Harry is sent off to Thailand to investigate the death and apparent murder of the Norwegian ambassador to that cou
Alex Cantone
When the Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand, Atle Molnes, is found in a shabby motel room in Bangkok with a ceremonial knife in his back, Harry Hole is sent by Oslo Chief of Police Bjarne Møller and FO director Dagfinn Torhus to investigate, on the strength of his unmasking a serial killer in Sydney months earlier (The Bat). Or has he been set up to fail - sent there because of his drinking - in an elaborate cover-up?

Harry quickly learns from chargé d’Affairs Tonje Wiig that the victim was not a c
I think that what makes Harry such a great character, caring and tenacious in his work is what is his downfall on a personal level. What to do after caring so much, how to handle the weight of the world. Can you live a life without being effected by what happens to you, I don't think so, certainly Harry cannot and sadly his way of dealing with the ghosts is deadly.

A different book than the first, as if Bangkok is quite different than Sydney, which is more than true. And I've noticed that for Nes
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cockroaches is the second of Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole series. I wasn’t crazy about the first book, but I heard many good things about the series and decided to continue. In fact, I have often heard the first two books are the least popular, and I’m determined to work through them both so that I can get to what is considered the good stuff before I make my decision about the series. If, however, the improvement between book one and book two is an indication of how things will continue to improve, th ...more
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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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The Norwegian crime powerhouse sends his curmudgeonly police hero Harry Hole far afield in Cockroaches, a Bangkok-set murder mystery newly...
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“Yeah, but I guess sometimes it's easier to take responsibility for the dead instead of the living. The rest of us have to look after them, Harry. The living. After all, that's the responsibility that drives us.” 12 likes
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