The Leopard

The Leopard

Book - 2012
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"With Henning Mankell having written his last Wallander novel and Stieg Larsson no longer with us, I have had to make the decision on whom to confer the title of best current Nordic writer of crime fiction . . . Jo Nesb#65533; wins." --Marcel Berlins, The Times (U.K.)

Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer?

The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway--his father is dying--Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. After a female MP is discovered brutally murdered, nothing can keep him from the investigation.

There is little to go on: a piece of rope, a scrap of wool, a bit of gravel, an unexpected connection between the victims. And Harry will soon come to understand that he is dealing with a psychopath for whom "insanity is a vital retreat," someone who will put him to the test--in both his professional and personal lives--as never before.

Ruthlessly intelligent and suspenseful, The Leopard is Jo Nesb#65533;'s most electrifying novel yet--absolutely gripping from first to last.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307595874
0307595870
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Nesbo Jo 12/2011
Characteristics: 517 p. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don
Alternative Title: Panserhjerte

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pagetraveler
Jul 15, 2014

Brutal. I love [author:Jo Nesbo|8384972]'s writing and the characters that he creates, but the things that he does to the victims in his books are just twisted. I have really been getting into Scandinavian crime writing. It seems to me to contain a lot less sexual assault, rape, and damage towards women. In addition to this I really like the depth that female characters have, beyond being objects of victimization. Having said that, he's just a little too creative with the torture and deaths that his characters suffer. I'll probably read a few of his earlier novels, hoping that they have just gotten worse, since this is the 8th in this series.

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ndexter
Jun 12, 2014

Jo Nesbo can write. Intrigue, suspense, unique plots and storyline, and protagonist Detective Harry Hole. Actually, one would be remiss if they didn't read, in order, what is essentially a four part series consisting of a) Snowman, b) Leopard, c) Phantom, and d) Police. Harry Hole solves unique crimes in each of these venues in spite of the impediments created by a changing politically and philosophically police enforcing establishment.

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gloryb
Feb 06, 2014

A page turner! Good translation of a novel written in Swedish. Didn't get turned off by Harry Hole's addictions. Hole's Swedish policing colleagues depend on his skills to solve murders. In this novel Harry figures out the connection between the murders of several women who had shared a skiing lodge one weekend.

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ilovewhippets
Oct 01, 2013

I really don't care for this author's writing..

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nannerl
Nov 14, 2012

Excellent mystery. A very compelling series.

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campingmomma
Sep 14, 2012

I enjoyed this book more than his previous, The Snowman. Another Harry Hole crime novel at its best. I'm glad I had read another book and new some of Inspector Harry Holes history or it would have been lost on me. Hole leads us on a great mystery as well as a messed up personal life. He constantly keeps you guessing with who is the murderer. And the story was interesting in that it led you from China to Oslo to Africa. You were never in the same place very long.

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tocch101
Jun 28, 2012

Another well written intriguing book. Always enjoy these. The endings are hard to swallow occasionally, but good nonetheless.

tuddie Apr 16, 2012

tried to get into it and couldn't, rarely do I not finish a book but there are too many to read to waste anymore time on this one.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This book #8 in the Detective Harry Hole series set in Oslo but it is important to read the earlier books in the series (especially The Redbreast, #3 in the series) BEFORE you read this one because of logical linkages among the stories; this is a very complex story that is well-paced and that kept me turning the pages; the most important feature of the storyline is that whenever you think you know what is going on it turns out that you don’t; but I did not always like who got charged with what and when, plus the denouement was not especially satisfying.

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emerge
Nov 12, 2011

If you're a fan of this series, this will not disappoint. Harry can't catch a break as he strives to make sense of his personal life after the fallout from Snowman. Meanwhile, people in Oslo are dying horrible deaths. This author is inventive and a master of the red herring and as usual, just when you think you have it figured out, you're wrong. He never writes down to the reader. It's smart & complicated & when the killer is finally revealed, it makes sense, no giant leaps of faith required and no pat endings.

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