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)
This is such a good listen and a perfect follow up to our hero Harry Hole. I haven't read any of the books and I'm glad because Robin Sachs makes it worth enjoying via audible. I can't say enough about Robin Sach's talent in bringing out the gritty, bad boy hero of Harry to listeners.
Yes. The somewhat gruesome scene of Harry's escape was downright riveting. There were parts where I lost track of the real world - I was so enthralled.
I enjoyed his second seduction by Kaya - his hopeless submission in two words was priceless.
It kept me too breathless for that but it was spell binding.
I have listened to few books prior to "The Leopard, and Narration of this book is amazing. I am looking forward to hear more books from same narrator
I am a Harry Hole fan- the stories are always great and the characters are complex. Even though Harry is self-destructive, I always root for him to succeed. You care about the main character so you care about the story.
Robin Sachs is a great actor and narrator and his reading makes you
Great story and the translation was excellent. Will read more Nesbo. Could really visulize the characters.
Yes, I have read all of Joe's books, he always has a unique way of killing people.
Harry, of course! Like all of us, full of issues and troubles.
Pronounciations of the characters names.
Harry and Raquel not getting back together earlier.
I recommend anyone start with The Snowman but don't forget to read the Red Breast, it's the most complex of the five I have read.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
The obvious comparison would be with
Have not heard this reader before, but he is one of the best I've listened to, right up there with George Guidall.
This author is a terrific storyteller and kept me on the edge of my seat, so much so that I kept listening when I should have been doing other things! Glad to find out that this is one of a series. Will certainly be downloading another Harry Hole novel right away.
I have listeed to all of Jo Nesbo's books and he is only gettinng better. This book held my attention throughout and just as I though I knew what was ahead, somethinng totally different appeared. I highly reccommend this book!
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.
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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