This is the first book in the Harry Hole series. Hole, who is one of Norway’s top detectives, is sent to Australia to observe an investigation of a murder of a Norwegian. However, his instincts kick in and he is drawn into the investigation. Nesbo does a good job introducing a cast of quirky characters, but I felt that maybe there were too many. Some of them blended together and were just difficult to keep straight. The plot was good, but slowed at times to give back story (it is the first in the series). All that being said, I will definitely read more of the series.