By Jo Nesbø
When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is located lifeless in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry gap is dispatched from Oslo to aid hush up the case.
But as soon as he arrives Harry discovers that this example is set even more than one random homicide. there's something else, whatever extra pervasive, scrabbling round backstage. Or, positioned differently, for each cockroach you spot on your resort room, there are enormous quantities in the back of the partitions. Surrounded through round the clock site visitors noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok covered with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and vacationer traps, attempting to piece jointly the tale of the ambassador's demise even if nobody requested him to, and nobody desires him to—not even Harry himself.
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In the end, Matsumoto, the one who better navigated the debris-ridden capital and demonstrated ﬁner tailing skills, wins by running away with the shiny prize. Matsumoto shows oﬀ his skill in tailing once again at the very end of the story, though much of its description is hidden from the readers. 22 Compared to his earlier tailing of Iwami, the one Matsumoto performs on the narrator is far less insidious and more playful, for he follows the narrator neither to take anything away from him nor to entrap him but only to make sure that the narrator is as unsuspecting as he appears to be.
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