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The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8 | [Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)]

The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

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. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Marilyn Horan NYC 02-04-13
    Marilyn Horan NYC 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "21 hours?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Fewer words. Seriously wordy and deliberately obfuscating.


    What was most disappointing about Jo Nesbo’s story?

    I couldn't follow who was who. Too many settings. Too much beating around the bush.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    Harry Hole


    What character would you cut from The Leopard?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Can somebody explain who the murderer was and what his/her motivation was?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alvin LUBBOCK, TX, United States 10-20-12
    Alvin LUBBOCK, TX, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Twisted Plot"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Leopard to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. There are many authors that write with more energy.


    Did The Leopard inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    NightowlKnitter Maryland, USA 05-16-12
    NightowlKnitter Maryland, USA 05-16-12 Member Since 2008

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    "High Hopes Didn't Materialize"

    Somehow this plot just didn't keep my interest as much as I had expected it to.

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    Salt Lake Joan salt lake city 03-16-12
    Salt Lake Joan salt lake city 03-16-12 Member Since 2010

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    "The very best crime writer"

    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.

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    "One awful book"
    What disappointed you about The Leopard?

    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.


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    Bonnie 03-14-12
    Bonnie 03-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "BORING"

    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.

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    C. L. Turner 02-17-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Maudlin, plodding, predictable"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 12-24-11
    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!"

    I loved the Snowman so I purchased this book right away. What an amazing writer, and you certainly get your money's worth on the length of his books.

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