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The Leopard [Paperback]

Jo Nesbo
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Nov. 1 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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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Nesbo 's Leopard fails its reader July 13 2012
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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. An editor should have cut several pages. Hopefully the author will realign his talent toward less gore content and focus on more character development.
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