Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. But its work not pleasure. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and no witnesses have come forward. The ambassador had close ties to the Norwegian Prime Minister, and to avoid a scandal Harry is sent there to hush up the case. But he quickly discovers that there is much more going on behind the scenes and very few people willing to talk. When Harry lays hands on some CCTV footage that will help him unravel what happened that night, 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 in Bangkok. (Random House)
She had been seven years old when they stood coughing in the yellow dust and waving as the cart carrying her eldest sister trundled down the country road alongside the brown canal water. Her sister had been given clean clothes, a train ticket to Bangkok and an address in Patpong written on the back of a business card, and she had cried like a waterfall, even though Dim had waved so hard it felt as if her hand would fall off. (Page 4)
Cockroaches is the second book in the much acclaimed Harry Hole series from Jo Nesbo, but has only recently been translated into English. The Bangkok setting appears to be fertile ground for a gritty mystery. I enjoyed the first title in the series The Bat, so am looking forward to seeing what murky underbelly Hole uncovers in this outing.
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