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)
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
I have to say I've enjoyed the Harry Hole series just as much as the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, if not more. The detective work is fascinating and clever. The infighting and inter-dept police politics bring both frustration and humor to this remarkable novel.
Best of all we are blessed to see inside the mind of a genious detective and possibly the best hero I've encountered in any series. Buy this book! You will not regret it.
I've listened to every available Jo Nesbo Harry Hole book. Each one seems to get more violent and harder to listen to, yet they keep me hooked. The plots are intricate and twisted. Mistakes are made. But I want Harry to be happy, and it seems that he suffers more emotionally and physically with each book. The author is literally dismatling Harry by bits--a finger in the Snowman, his jaw in the Leopard. A brilliant, flawed and doomed hero. How can you resist that?
I hope the books currently unavailable in the US are soon translated; I want to know what happens in between those now available and in the beginning. I'll keep coming back as long as the books keep coming over.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Jo Nesbo is new to me, this is the first book of his I chose to read and now I am glad I found this author. However I now know that I should have read at least Snowman if not some of the others in the series fist, this book last. And although I really liked many things about this book, the plot is a bit convoluted at times and here and there it got a wee bit wordy. The other problem I had, as I did with the Larsson books, are the many names to my American ear that sound quite similar. So at times I found myself lost as far as who was who.
The storyline/plot however is solid and this book made me want more of this author; it held my interest throughout. So the 4stars.
Like many readers/listeners, I was captivated by the Millenium Trilogy and powerfully drawn to a whole new cast of talented Scandinavian writers.....Henning Mankel, in particular (couldn't seem to get enough of Kurt Wallander for a while there). The new star author, however, is Jo Nesbo and the action has shifted westwards to Oslo. His police inspector Harry Hole is the bomb. Narrator Robin Sachs is the bomb as well. The best voice for the grittiest character ever. I made the mistake of ordering The Nemesis with someone other than Sachs as narrator. I will be buying the book instead. I am serious.....ROBIN SACHS is HARRY HOLE!!! The Leopard is a spectacular listen. It'll help to listen to the series in order, but it is not a deal killer. Just try Jo Nesbo as soon as you can.
[For whatever reason (vanity, I suppose), I used to not mention that I have devoured a certain book or series via the audio route. Isn't, after all, just listening to a book ridiculously easy fare compared to actually flipping pages? News flash -- I'm over it! As an adult who spends a fair amount of time driving alone, Audible has rejuvenated my commute! I often spend a little extra time in the office parking lot and even in my own carport refusing to turn off the IPod. I am hooked, just like those nice folks in the TV ad!]
After being introduced to "The Bat" I went on a Jo Nesbo quest and read the rest of the Harry Hole books on Audible. "The Leopard" is the sequel to the "Snowman". I enjoyed the depth of the story, the intricacies of the plot and the powerful characters. Even the bad guys are "good". These two books are very similar although they stand alone. I must admit that I was concerned after reading Sean Barrett's "The Bat" I thought I would be disappointed with Robin Sachs, but I wasn't.
However, I have three negative points about "The Leopard": (a) Nesbo doesn't tie all the loose ends and I can only assume another sequel is forthcoming. (b) Another commentator pointed this out - one has to be very careful listening to the story because the Norwegian names are strange to the North American ear and you can get distracted. (c) I pointed out earlier that I enjoyed the humor in "The Bat". There are a couple of funny lines in "the Leopard" but the essential humor in the face of human atrocity is missing.
In the end though well worth the money.
Great characters. Great story.
Could not put this book down!
The avalanche and the results.
When the father asked the son to help him die mercifully.
Will definitely recommend this book.
Michael Connelly, Jo Nesbo - the two best writers of detective fiction over the last decade in this humble reviewers opinion. Occasionally I've decided that Michael is the best on the planet after an inspired story - but then I go through an intense journey with Jo and have to admit that the Norwegian has all the tools to claim that mantle.
This story has a lot of subtle twists I did not see coming. I even thought the book was over and did not understand why my ipod indicated that there was 3 hours left. Does it really take that length of time to wrap things up? I quickly learned that there was a lot of adventure, suspense and twists still in store for me.
Nesbo introduces a diabolical device called a Leopold's Apple in this book. I had to research if it really exists after finishing the book. I will leave the answer to that for all the mystery readers who do not read the back of the book first or in this case Google the answers before starting their new adventure.
So Michael (as if he really cares), you were the best a few months ago - but the gauntlet has just been thrown down by Mr. Nesbo. I hope you and your narrator are up to the challenge and I get to reap the rewards when I acquire your next audiobook.
Could not put this one down. Thought I know the killer 3 different times until another twist came into play. Dark but rich characters.
Story kept me at the edge onf my seat but some scenes were a bit too much for me-blood and guts types.
You really need to read the Harry Hole series in order..or at least read the books we have access to. It seems the first two are not available in the USA .
Robin Sachs is the perfect narrator....just the right gravelly voice to bring Harry alive for me.
There are so many little references to past books. The character Harry Hole is so sadly familiar. I wish a little happiness could squeeze its way into his life.
I love the way the books enlist ones sympathy for Harry....and then the story will bring me to a wicked feeling of satisfaction when the adversaries are crushed and humiliated. Yeah for the brilliant Harry....now he just needs to get the girl and hold on to her.!
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