When I received the following media release from Random House, I took a big sigh of relief. Why? Because I was in the middle of reading Jo Nesbo’s debut crime novel The Bat (reviewed here) and the protagonist, Harry Hole (pronounced Hoo-leh) was in a spot of bother.

The Random House Group UK is delighted to announce the publication of a new Jo Nesbo Harry Hole novel, putting an end to fans’ fears that their favourite fictional detective had finally met his match at the end of the last book, PHANTOM. POLICE will be published by Harvill Secker in 2013.

Fans will also be delighted by the news that COCKROACHES, the second book in the Harry Hole series, will be published shortly after POLICE. With its publication, readers will have access to all 10 books in Jo Nesbo’s bestelling series. THE BAT, the first ever Harry Hole novel, was published for the first time in English this October by Harvill Secker and went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Of course, I wasn’t really worried, because I knew there were nine other Harry Hole books after The Bat, so Harry stood a good chance of surviving the psychopath in the first book. The good news is that Jo Nesbo has no plans to kill off Harry Hole in a hurry: “It’s safe to say I do have more plans for Harry,” he said in a recent interview.

After reading The Bat, I’m on the hunt for more in the series because I’ve heard Nesbo just gets better and better. If you missed the link before, you can read my review here.

Are you a fan? Which is your favourite? And why do you think Harry Hole is so appealing to readers?




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