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The Leopard [Paperback]

Jo Nesbo , Don Bartlett
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March 22 2011
Harry Hole is back and this time he's back from very, very far away. Another gripping instalment in this prize-winning and acclaimed series by the internationally #1 bestselling crime writer in Norway.

Two women are found murdered in Oslo — both of them have drowned in their own blood. What mystifies the police is that the puncture wounds in the victims' faces have been caused from the inside of their mouths. Kaja Solness from Homicide is sent to Hong Kong to track down a man who is the Oslo Police Department's only specialist on serial killings. The severely addicted detective has tried to disappear in the vast, anonymous city. He is on the run and haunted by his last case, the woman he loves, and creditors alike. His name is Harry Hole.

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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.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow-up to earlier Harry Hole stories April 13 2011
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenges March 22 2011
By Ted Feit TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars riveting Jan. 19 2012
By Carol
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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