Cockroaches

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

Cockroaches

by Jo Nesbo

Random House of Canada | December 10, 2013 | Trade Paperback

1 of 6 in the series
Cockroaches is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.
The thrilling sequel to Jo Nesbo''s debut novel, The Bat, The Cockroaches sees Harry Hole sent to Bangkok to investigate the murder of the Norwegian ambassador.
     Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. But it''s work, not pleasure. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and no witnesses have come forward. The ambassador had close ties to the Norwegian prime minister, and to avoid a scandal Harry is sent there to hush up the case. But he quickly discovers that there is much more going on behind the scenes and very few people willing to talk. When Harry lays hands on some CCTV footage that will help him unravel what happened that night, 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 in Bangkok.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 in

Published: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307360288

ISBN - 13: 9780307360281

Found in: Fiction and Literature

save 37%

  • In stock online

$16.46  ea

Online Price

$24.95 List Price

or, Used from $8.21

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Check store inventory (prices may vary)

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Harry Goes to Thailand 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 Hole, he can smell a rat a mile away and is in full detective mode as soon as he sees the crime scene.  Great case, enjoyable characters, gives readers of the series the background finally on the Thailand connection for Harry and why he's always pulled back there.  I loved getting to know the early Harry, where his problems came from, how he was shaped, his problems with alcohol and opium.  This is the man who in the rest of the books fights these demons constantly.  I also finally understand why the publisher's skipped these first two books for English readers.  Here was the English speaking world becoming fascinated, addicted even, to Scandinavian mysteries and Jo Nesbo was a brilliant author to introduce us to but his first two Harry Hole books don't even take place in Scandinavia, first in Australia, second in Thailand.  They weren't the type of dark, cold, brooding Scandi-crime English readers were discovering and clamouring for.  So yeah, I finally get.  I loved The Bat more than Cockroaches but it was fun reading them in retrospect from the point of view of someone who already knows the character.  Newcomers to the series should keep in mind that the scandi-crime aspect is coming and let these first two books introduce you to Nesbo's pacing, and fantastic plotting.
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant A Nesbo lovers treasure!
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Early Harry 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 brothel. It's definitely murder, but that won't play well in the papers. Just back from his surprising success in helping the Aussies solve a case, Harry finds himself volunteered to head to Thailand to help the local force close the case. Fans of Nesbo know what a conflicted soul Harry is. It's revealing to read the first books in this series and see the origins of the character as Nesbo fleshes him out. As well, there are glimpses into Harry's life that help to explain his addictive and self destructive tendencies. But, Harry's sense of justice and unerring desire to ferret out the truth seems to override everything else - often to his own detriment. What the higher ups want is this embarrassing event quietly put to bed. That's not what Harry wants. Nesbo paints a disturbing portrait of Thailand with his settings and characters. Nesbo inserts social commentary into his books that is always thought provoking. In Cockroaches, it's hard to find a player who isn't corrupt or has nothing to hide. Nesbo's writing keeps the reader feeling unsettled and unsure of what will happen next. I hate predictable plots and Nesbo kept me guessing. (He usually does) I've read some negative reviews of these earlier books. I think it's important to remember that the character is still evolving in these first books. Speaking for myself, (and having enjoyed all of the later Hole books), I've really enjoyed these early glimpses into a crime series I really enjoy. Definitely recommended.
Date published: 2013-12-30

– More About This Product –

Cockroaches

by Jo Nesbo

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 in

Published: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307360288

ISBN - 13: 9780307360281

From the Publisher

The thrilling sequel to Jo Nesbo''s debut novel, The Bat, The Cockroaches sees Harry Hole sent to Bangkok to investigate the murder of the Norwegian ambassador.
     Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. But it''s work, not pleasure. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and no witnesses have come forward. The ambassador had close ties to the Norwegian prime minister, and to avoid a scandal Harry is sent there to hush up the case. But he quickly discovers that there is much more going on behind the scenes and very few people willing to talk. When Harry lays hands on some CCTV footage that will help him unravel what happened that night, 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 in Bangkok.

About the Author

JO NESBO is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson). Never before published in English, Cockroaches is the second novel in the Harry Hole series.

Editorial Reviews

#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

“Surprisingly fresh, compelling and radiant with the joy of writing.”
—Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

“Jo Nesbø has written a substantial and well-constructed crime novel with a true Nordic hero as main character…. The plot is so complicated that you have no chance at figuring out the murderer until the last page. Hang on to it with great pleasure—Jo Nesbø writes so well and incisively about the crowds in the streets, and about a socially blighted Bangkok.”
—ALT for damerne (Denmark)

“Last year’s debut novel The Bat wasn’t just a fluke. Nesbø continues with The Cockroaches, a true ex-pat mixture of the creepy and gruesome kind…. Look forward to a great read.”
—Verdens Gang (Norway)
 
“There’s a sense of grandeur and near-extravagance in Nesbo’s novel.”
—Aftenposten (Norway)

“As [a] crime novel, The Cockroaches offers excitement to the very last straw. However, this is not the only reason it is a pleasure to read it: Jo Nesbø is a master of language, and offers vivid descriptions owing to thorough research.”
—Dagsavisen (Norway)

Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart