The Leopard Paperback – Mar 22 2011
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“If you feel that personal responsibility, cracks in the welfare state and the problems of parenthood are fair game for the crime novel, then Jo Nesbø is your man. . . . If, however, your taste is for tough and gritty narratives with a relentlessly page-turning quality, well . . . Jo Nesbø is still your man. That he is able to combine the urgency of the best storytellers with a keen and intelligent engagement with social issues may well be the reason why Nesbø is shaping up to be the next big name in Scandinavian crime fiction.”
— The Independent
“Once you read a Nesbø novel, you’re hooked on this author.”
— The Chronicle Herald
“If you like Michael Connelly, you’re going to like Jo Nesbø.”
— ELLE (France)
“The new Raymond Chandler.”
— Metro (UK)
“Nesbø is a master of grimly fascinating, multi-layered intrigue.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
"This is not only Norway's best crime novel. It may be the world's best."
— ABC Nyheter (Norway)
"The best crime novel I have read since the Millennium-trilogy. And more well-written."
— Ekstra Bladet (Denmark)
"The eighth Harry Hole novel competes with the very best in the genre. The Leopard is a veritable hyperbole of a suspense novel,...with an intrigue that both grips and rattles the reader from the very first moment."
— Dagbladet (Norway)
"Another top-quality crime novel... Jo Nesbø has once again crafted a linguistic fireworks of a book."
— Aftenposten (Norway)
About the Author
JO NESBØ is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum). The Leopard is the sixth of Nesbø's novels to be translated into English.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
As usual a good read. Interesting twists and turns. Excellent characters. Want to read the next instalment Bring it on.Published 6 months ago by geo
Nesbo is a writer of the new generation of Scandinavian mystery literature. The Leopard is inferior to his previous books. Too bad as it follows "The Snowman" whihc is masterpiece. Read morePublished on July 13 2012 by Monique Richard
Nesbo is a great crime writer. His writing is clear and smooth; the story moves swiftly and logically keeping you on the edge throughout. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2011 by DAVID MCKEE
I've read all of the books in the Harry Hole series that have been translated into English and I'm not crazy about the direction Nesbø is taking in the most recent titles. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2011 by Maine Colonial