Harry Hole

11 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 12,835 ratings

The Bat Summary

The thrilling first book in the best-selling Harry Hole series, never before published in English.

Harry is out of his depth.

Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can.

He's not supposed to get too involved.

When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.

He might just be the next victim.

Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo.

©2012 Jo Nesbo (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
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  • Book 1

    • The Bat

    • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,154
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,687

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great introduction to Harry Hole.

    • By Richard on 04-12-12
    • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 11-10-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 2,154 ratings

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 2

    • Cockroaches

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 988
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 884
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 887

    Harry is on a special mission. Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and Harry has been sent to investigate. It’s clear that the Ambassador’s family are hiding some secrets of their own, but few people are willing to talk.He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal. When Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage, things only get more complicated.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Cochroaches by Jo Nesbo

    • By Steven on 08-12-13

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 3

    • The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 3

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 974
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 667
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 662

    Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake. He’s bored by his new job until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest because of its possible links to Neo Nazi activity. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Next Harry’s former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slow burner, but thrilling finish

    • By Steven on 06-09-11

    Regular price: £24.09

  • Book 4

    • Nemesis: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 4

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 899
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 631
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 633

    Grainy CCTV footage shows a man walking into a bank and putting a gun to a cashier's head. He tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn’t get his money in time, she is executed. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case. While Harry’s girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame gets in touch. He goes to dinner at her house and wakes up at home with no memory of the past twelve hours. The same morning the girl is found shot dead in her bed. Then Harry begins to receive threatening e-mails.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Your worst 'best friend'.

    • By Peter on 14-04-13

    Regular price: £24.09

  • Book 5

    • The Devil’s Star: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 5

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 923
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 634
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 632

    young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star – a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absorbing, gripping thriller.

    • By Richard on 21-07-12

    Regular price: £24.09

  • Book 6

    • The Redeemer: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 6

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 976
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 525
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 518

    One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range.Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, Harry Hole’s troubles have only just begun.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By JonR on 05-02-11

    Regular price: £24.09

  • Book 7

    • The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018

    A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother's favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman. As Harry Hole and his team begin their investigation they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears it seems that Harry's worst suspicions are confirmed: for the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nailbiting from start to finish

    • By Wilma on 06-12-10

    Regular price: £23.99

  • Book 8

    • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 8

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 603
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 599

    In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Leopard

    • By Chanel on 26-03-11

    Regular price: £24.59

  • Book 9

    • Phantom: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 9

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 773
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 506
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 502

    The murder has been solved. But has justice been done? Harry Hole is back in Oslo. He's been away for some time, but his ghosts have a way of catching up with him. The case that brings him back is already closed. There is no room for doubt: The young junkie was shot dead by a fellow addict. The police don’t want him back....Denied permission to reopen the investigation, Harry strikes out on his own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Phantom- brining Harry Hole full circle

    • By Deirdre on 20-04-12

    Regular price: £24.09

  • Book 10

    • Police

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

    The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not an easy book to review

    • By Scullywag on 20-09-13

    Regular price: £23.99

  • Book 11

    • The Thirst

    • Harry Hole, Book 11
    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

    A woman is found murdered after an Internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant as normal

    • By Sue Edwards on 07-05-17
    • Harry Hole, Book 11
    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 20-04-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101 ratings

    Regular price: £23.99