This is my 4th Nesbø book and I'm so glad it wasn't the first I read because the later Harry Hole (not Holy, but Hoo-leh) books are much much better in terms of characterization, plotting, tension, etc.
was my first and it was terrific and Headhunters
is a great stand alone.)
There were times the middle section of The Bat
promised to develop into something compelling, but the last stretch was as unsatisfying as the first part.
One star off for how Birgitta ends up a victim of some unbelievable plot machinations.