Translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett.
Cockroaches is the sequel to The Bat, and the second novel in Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo’s bestselling Harry Hole series. With its publication, all ten Harry Hole novels are now available in English.
In Cockroaches, 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 and minimise the scandal. It’s clear that the Ambassador’s family are hiding some secrets of their own, but few people are willing to talk. When Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage, 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 he faces.
Jo Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Modle, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore crucial ligaments in his knee. After military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre (Them There). Their second album topped the charts in Norway, but he continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat. Published in Norway in 1997, it was an instant hit and won the prestigious Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year, an accolade shared with Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, and launched Jo Nesbo’s international writing career. The Harry Hole novels have sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Jo Nesbo is regarded as one of world’s leading crime writers, and his novels are published in 40 countries. In September 2013, Harvill Secker published Police, the tenth and latest instalment in the Harry Hole series.
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