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The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel Hardcover – Dec 13 2011

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Knopf (Dec 13 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307595870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307595874
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 3.7 x 24.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 22 2011
Format: Paperback
The latest Harry Hole novel presents the reader with a formidable challenge: On the one hand, the temptation is to try to read this tautly written, tightly plotted murder mystery in a single sitting. On the other hand, its 611 pages is undoubtedly a very large hurdle. Whatever the method, it's well worth the effort to read it no matter how long it takes.

After the travails he suffered at the conclusion of 'The Snowman,' Harry was so down that he resigned from the police force and traveled to the Far East, where he loses himself in alcohol, opium and gambling. There, a female detective from Norway finds him, pays off his gambling debts, tells him his father is in the hospital dying and he, as the only officer with experience solving serial murders, is wanted back in Oslo to help in what appears to be another multiple homicide case. At first he is reluctant, but finally accedes to the request to return because of his dad.

Still refusing to rejoin the crime squad, Harry finally gives in when a third victim, a member of parliament, is killed. There are no clues and no common links between the victims until Harry discovers all three spent a night in an isolated mountain cabin together, and it becomes apparent that the 'guests' are being picked off one by one.

From that point, the case slowly unfolds somewhat murkily to keep the reader in the dark as to the ultimate denouement. Sometimes, Harry's insights are prophetic, others off base. But he always has his eye on the main purpose: to catch the bad guy. At the same time, he is fighting his personal demons, his separation from the great love of his life, his relationship with his dying father, the politics of the competition between elements of the department as to responsibility for murder investigations, and his disillusionment with his role as a cop. More than enough, one must say, for one man.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By love me tender on June 14 2011
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This is the second book I read of this author, I will say he is very technical in his forensics detailing and in introducing new characters. Just to keep in mind that this book requires all your attention and does keep it for the most part. This is much more detailed then the girl with the dragon tattoo trilogy and even more sadistic. It will leave you shuttering in some parts of the book. If thats the kind of writing you enjoy you will love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 27 2012
Format: Paperback
"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." -- Romans 12:21 (NKJV)

Fans of the Harry Hole series need to be prepared for a book that may upset them more than it pleases them. Harry Hole is a wreck here, drawn back into police work merely so that he can be close to his dying father. It's a brilliant portrayal . . . but it's also shocking and disturbing.

The task is to stop a serial killer, a particularly gruesome one. Jo Nesbo writes about the evildoing in a way that will make a big impact on you. If you like your murders neat and clean, this isn't the book for you.

Although the writing is powerful and emotionally moving, the facts seem a little off. It doesn't quite ring true. You almost have to imagine that you, too, are being affected by illegal substances to fully appreciate the story. Normally, the reader is allowed to remain in an unaltered state while reading such a story. It didn't quite work to try to bring us into Harry's world to the extent that Jo Nesbo tries to do here.

Should you read the book? Well, if you are at all squeamish, consider taking a pass. If you love dark, psychologically dense fiction, gird your stomach and read on.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Dufour on April 13 2011
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Nesbo has done a wonderful job of tying together the many elements of other Harry Hole mysteries, and of bringing readers up to date. Unlike so many other lead characters, Hole is very human and responds to his life's challenges in realistic and genuine ways.

The only quibble I have with the edition of this book I bought and read? The cover promises that Nesbo is the NEXT Stieg Larsen. That is a most lame effort at piggy-backing another successful writer. In fact, despite the great reads from Larsen, Nesbo easily outwrites him with much tighter action and dialogue. Besides, wasn't Nesbo publishing before Larsen got started? How can he be the "next" in that case.

But that's my only quibble.
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By Carol on Jan. 19 2012
Format: Paperback
It's not often I find myself almost unable to put a book down, but this one came close. "The Leopard" has it all. Many surprising twists in the plot, plenty of fast and sensational action, good cop vs. bad cop, a new love interest. After reading this book I was reminded of the popular TV character "House". He and Harry share a lot of similar traites which may explain some of the popularity of both. His avalanche section was a real page turner wondering how Harry would get out alive, not to mention the end section in Africa.
However I do have to agree with a previous reviewer, hence 4 stars instead of 5. He seems to be searching to find the most gruesome murder methods and torture and Harry seems to be a bit too much like that American super hero, Jack Reacher in his ability to survive anything and not slow down even with his face ripped open. I also agree that his nemesis Bellman was too similar to Tom Waaler. Is Nesbo going to sentational extremes to reach the big North American market? Perhaps so, and it would appear to be with great success.
However, I will still look forward to his next Harry Hole book.
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