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 Nesbo's most electrifying novel yet - absolutely gripping from first to last.
©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio
“Intense . . . Nesbø moves the action easily from Hong Kong to Norway, with side trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo, without ever losing the plot’s sense of urgency.” (Publishers Weekly, starred)
“Nesbø knows exactly what he’s doing [in] this gripping, intricately plotted tale . . . Like all intelligent crime fiction, this book is not only about multiple murders by heinous means. It is also about legacies, most specifically about the good and evil, love and hate, passed from one generation to the next. This vivid, violent novel promises to speak on many levels to many readers.” (Library Journal)
“Outstanding . . . Probably the best big crime novel you could lay your hands on this year.” (BBC Radio 4)
Totally addicted to Audible.
I picked this book because I heard that this author was as good as Stieg Larsson. That may be but this book was no better than just OK. The characters are not nearly as interesting as they could have been - they did not develop or learn anything - they just sort of muddled along. I don't think I will be choosing another book by this author, Very unsatisfying story and the most violent I have read.
Nesbo's phenomenal writing.
The laborinthine plot, that lost nothing for it's length. Every word was precisely placed to lead the reader to assumptions of guilt for one charactor after another, right up to the satisfying conclusion.
I'm not certain I've heard him before, but he is excellent.
It would be difficult to listen to it in one sitting, but I listened to the whole thing in two days of Christmas preparations!
Cudos to the translator.
I was a fan of previous Nesbo books but agree with WA Post reviewer Patrick Anderson's description of this book as "a bloated near-total disaster. Reading it, I came to imagine myself trapped in a vast, fetid swamp from which I might never emerge." If you love over-the-top, pointless, sadistic torture--both for you as a reader and described in the book-- go for it. If you want an intellectually complex, character-driven novel with action and suspense, read a different book.
Fewer words. Seriously wordy and deliberately obfuscating.
I couldn't follow who was who. Too many settings. Too much beating around the bush.
Bellman, unless he's the murderer. I don't think I'll ever find out because getting back into this book is like swimming in alphabet soup. Words, words everywhere, but not a drop to really drink.
Can somebody explain who the murderer was and what his/her motivation was?
This murder mystery had multiple twists and at times was compelling. I had trouble keeping all the characters sorted out and found the story too long.
No. There are many authors that write with more energy.
Jo Nesbo, the author, is a hit in Norway. Not all of his books have been translated but the Leopard is the latest to reach our shores. It is a fantastic read though like most of his books, the story is dark and a bit gloomy. Don't look here for positive thinking but do expect to find over 21 hours of mesmerizing listening.
The Leopard was a real stinker. It included an absurdly convoluted plot, was written poorly with a milion cliches and bad metaphors, and was read in an overly dramatic tone that only added to the lousy writing.
I can’t even give this an OK. It was that bad! Harry, the male lead and central character, was believable as the druggy and alcoholic but not as a resurrected detective. Kia, the female lead, was NOT at all believable as a detective. A detective would not have done many of the things she did. A detective would have more brains and experience than this character. She came across as an air head. The characters were not well developed and the plot dragged on and on. I had a very difficult time sticking with this until the end, which was also not very good. Now I wish I had not wasted my time or my money on this book. The reader was better than the story but not good at the female voices. Trying to find some thing nice to say, the research on the Leopold apple was good. That was about the ONLY good thing I can say about this book.
High expectations boiled and ripped to shreds. I don't know what to say! Perhaps people are looking for a "new" dragon tattoo. Perhaps they are lured by the moments of brilliant writing they hear in this book (because they *are* there!)
I wouldn't spend the time, folks. This book reminds me of a half-smoked cigarette, re-lit. You get the rush but you're left with the taste of ash in your mouth.
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