Review – Cockroaches (Harry Hole #2) by Jo Nesbo

18373214This is why I need to be more disciplined and write reviews soon after I finish reading a book.  Now, it’s a week later and I can’t remember enough to write a decent review.  Does anyone else do that?  Life just seems to get in the way of what’s important.  Books.

Anyway, this is the 2nd installment in the Harry Hole series about a Norwegian detective who solves crimes while dealing with some pretty evil personal demons.  Harry is again sent out of the country (trend?) when Norway’s ambassador to Thailand is found with a knife in his back.  He works with the local authorities to solve a murder that most would rather just be swept under the rug.

A solid mystery / thriller if a bit formulaic.  I do have some concerns if the series does continue the same pattern – Harry sent out of country, makes friends with local police, flirts with someone inappropriate, makes some really bad decisions and solves case almost by accident.

I gave this one 4/5 stars as I thought it was an improvement on book one.  And, the author did surprise me with a few reveals.

But…Harry has to stop some of his nonsense if this series is going to work for me.  He is an alcoholic and I actually think the author does a good job showing this struggle.  But, these bad decisions aren’t due to his alcoholism.  As I mentioned in my review of book one, Harry sometimes comes off as a big dummy and we know he isn’t so that makes it bad writing.  (Plus, there is a plot hole here that is almost driving me nuts but I’ve decided to overlook it for some reason and leave my rating in place.)

Yeah, I really should write the reviews sooner.  I’ll just say – read this series if you like crime novels. They aren’t perfect but worth the read.

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