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The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8 | [Jo Nesbo, 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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    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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    Lucido Livonia, NY, United States 03-18-12
    Lucido Livonia, NY, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Violence too graphic this time"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I thought Nesbo went too far this time. I love all the Hole books but this one was too long (I kept thinking


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Peter Temple's The Broken Shore.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he's really good in every book.


    Was The Leopard worth the listening time?

    No. See above comments for why.


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    salt lake joan salt lake city 03-16-12
    salt lake joan salt lake city 03-16-12 Member Since 2008

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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 Denver, CO, United States 03-14-12
    Bonnie Denver, CO, United States 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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. L. Turner Provo, Utah, United States 02-17-12
    C. L. Turner Provo, Utah, United States 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.

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    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 12-24-11
    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2007
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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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