Again, I’m trying to move on from reading nothing but Michael Connelly books – another recomendation has been the Harry Hole character by Jo Nesbo.
In this first book The Bat, Harry is a visiting detective sent to Australia to assist Sydney police investigating the murder of a Norwegian girl. It starts well with HH being teamed with an Aboriginal detective. However, the story quickly looses all sense of direction. There is a series of one-off stories of meetings with strangers, casual conversations, aboriginal folk tales… nothing very much about the actual case which moves along in the background without much mention in the plot.
Perhaps this character gets better in future books – but I’m not sure I can be bothered finding out. Certainly not at the moment – I really need a good book to get into.