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Publisher's Summary

When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case.
But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador’s death even though no one asked him to, and no one wants him to - not even Harry himself.
©2014 Jo Nesbo (P)2014 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Another excellent thriller, the most popular among his earlier novels and one that casts a cold eye on the reality of expatriate life of some Europeans in Asia." ( The Irish Independent)
"Nesbø writes like an angel. As in Lucifer." ( The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killer where you least expect to find them.... His novels are maddeningly addictive." ( Vanity Fair)
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2 out of 5 stars
By L. O. Pardue on 02-27-14

The Rest of the Harry Hole Series is Excellent!

If you read reviews of any of the other books in the Harry Hole series, you will notice that Jo Nesbo is held in the highest esteem from listeners of thriller / mystery audio books. There are parts of this 2nd book in the series that are not great, but I never wanted to stop listening and found parts of it enjoyable. Here are some of my thoughts regarding this book:

1) The story was written with very short chapters so that you sometimes got lost with the changing scenery and people. I had to listen to several sections over again. Nesbo's plots are always complex so you had to constantly concentrate while listening.
2) If you try to read the books in some sort of order, you will realize that Nesbo's writing improves dramatically after this 2nd book.I also enjoyed the first book, but it probably got lots of editing and re-work since he was a new author.
3) The narrator, John Lee, was not a great choice for this book. His voice for Harry was acceptable, but his accent and voice for every other character was so affected that it could drive you nuts.

In the end though, there was some interesting scenes and the descriptions of Thailand were good. Give Harry Hole and Jo Nesbo another try. My favorite is "The Snowman."

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1 out of 5 stars
By Eva Gannon on 06-05-15


This is the first Harry Hole book I haven't finished. It was just plain boring, perhaps in part because of John Lee's narration. His voice was annoying, and he didn't differentiate the characters. This made keeping track of the Norwegian and Thai names so difficult that I actually downloaded a sample to my Kindle just so I could identify the cast of characters.

Jo Nesbo is on my favorite authors, and his Harry Hole one of my favorite characters and series. This book however, just didn't make the grade.

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