Paperback | June 3, 2014

byJo Nesbo

BOOK 2 of 10Harry Hole series
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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.


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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 discov...

With his ten internationally acclaimed crime novels featuring Detective Harry Hole, Jo Nesbo has achieved an unparalleled success both in his native country Norway and abroad, winning the hearts of critics, booksellers and readers alike. Translated into more than forty languages, awarded a whole range of awards and boasting record-brea...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.98 × 5.2 × 0.88 inPublished:June 3, 2014Publisher:Random House Of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307360296

ISBN - 13:9780307360298

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Customer Reviews of Cockroaches


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Not In Norway This is a great read that keeps you guessing every chapter. Seems to confirm all the headlines you read about Thailand.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! A page turner, indeed. Riveting, fast-paced, and always with that hint of something more. I enjoyed it immensely, although the plot did leap in unlikely directions from time to time.
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cockroaches Fantastic! Lots of twists and turns. Kept you totally involved. Couldn't put it down. Totally surprised by the ending.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Some things better left alone The novel ranks with The Bat as a novel that Nesbo should have left in a drawer. I am a loyal fan but felt that my admiration was being milked for a few extrsa bucks in much the way many acomplished authors seem wont to do.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dr. Another good one. BUT Jo is losing control of the plot at the book climax - becoming incoherent and unrealistically Phrenetic diminishing the intelligence of the main character.
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good Jo Nesbo is so good at weaving the tales of Harry's misadventures,and his troubling addictions. Always disturbing, but you have to read it all.
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Good detective procedural with a lot of local color. The second of Nesbo's Harry Hole novels, it fills in some of the backstory, making the later novels even better in retrospect.
Date published: 2014-01-23
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

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Editorial Reviews


"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 Nesbo is a master of language." Dagsavisen (Norway)

"Creepy and gruesome. Look forward to a great read." Verdens Gang (Norway)

"The Cockroaches is surprisingly fresh, compelling and radiant with the joy of writing." Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)