Book Review: 'Cockroaches' by Jo Nesbo
Harry Hole, detective, may not achieve the same fame as Sherlock Holmes, but he is known to millions of readers throughout the world through the pen of Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo. "Cockroaches" is the second of what is currently ten novels in the Harry Hole series.
Hole is initially difficult to like as a protagonist. He is rough around the edges, struggles with alcoholism and eschews guidelines seemingly written in stone in the police department. Nesbo fleshes out Harry Hole a bit at a time through the story. The reader soon learns Hole is a multi-dimensional character -- like most human beings -- and he is one heck of a detective despite his methods.
In "Cockroaches," Hole is sent to Thailand on behalf of the Norwegian police and state department when the country's ambassador to Thailand is found with a knife in his back in a seedy motel. Hole is sent with instructions to keep the investigation under wraps, that scandal must be avoided at all costs.
As is the case in Nesbo's other mystery/police procedural novels, the obvious is the least helpful in solving the crime. The passion and angst of many of the novel's characters are fully fleshed out as the plot moves along at a rapid pace. Never get too comfortable reading a Nesbo novel -- the next page or chapter will send you in yet another unanticipated direction.
The Harry Hole series need not be read in any particular order as the author brings the reader up to speed in each novel.
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