The Leopard (Harry Hole Series #8)

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"With Henning Mankell having written his last Wallander novel and Stieg Larsson no longer with us, I have had to make the decision on whom to confer the title of best current Nordic writer of crime fiction . . . Jo Nesb? wins." --Marcel Berlins, The Times (U.K.)

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 ...

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"With Henning Mankell having written his last Wallander novel and Stieg Larsson no longer with us, I have had to make the decision on whom to confer the title of best current Nordic writer of crime fiction . . . Jo Nesbø wins." --Marcel Berlins, The Times (U.K.)

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 Nesbø's most electrifying novel yet--absolutely gripping from first to last.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Nesbø’s outstanding follow-up to The Snowman (May 2011), Insp. Harry Hole reluctantly agrees to return home from Hong Kong, where he’s been hiding out for months, after an Oslo Crime Squad colleague tells him his father is in the hospital. Considered an expert after catching the serial killer known as the Snowman, Harry is marginally intrigued by the possibility of another serial killer loose in Oslo. Back in Norway, little links two murdered women except the unusual stab wounds in their mouths. When a mid-level politician’s body is discovered in a possible suicide that’s soon dubbed murder, Hole realizes a single killer is at work and not yet done. 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. Hole, put through the emotional wringer in The Snowman, doesn’t get much of a reprieve in this intense outing. By the end, he’s ready to concede that what he most wants is “an armored heart.” (Dec.)
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A Booklist Best Crime Novel of 2012

"Maddeningly addictive." --Vanity Fair

“Meaty, gripping, full of tantalizing twists.” —Associated Press

“A true page-turner, and a worthy sequel to The Snowman.” —Newark Star-Ledger

The Leopard rewards you with a finale as unexpected and thought-provoking as any in recent mystery-fiction memory.” —San Francisco Chronicle
 
“A cracking good thriller. . . . Immerse yourself and enjoy the ride.” —The Guardian (London)

“The action in The Leopard sweeps from a volcano in Africa to the remotest snow-covered mountains of Norway, but many of the novel’s best parts involve Harry’s silent struggles. . . . There’s always a twist, always a surprise, always a variation on a theme.” —The Dallas Morning News
 
 “Nesbø also deepens the central mystery at the heart of Harry’s pursuits: which is not so much the truth about himself, but rather, whether he can learn to live with that truth. He is a giant of the Scandinavian mystery.” —The Boston Globe
 
“Outstanding. . . . 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)
 
“This one stands up to the ante one more time. . . .  Crime fiction’s most tortured and compelling hero. Alas, no armor exists strong enough to keep Harry from his demons, or the rest of us from Harry.” —Booklist (starred)
 
“Comparisons with Stieg Larsson have been made, but Nesbø’s plots move quickly, carry more punch, and really do keep you guessing to the final page.” —Daily Mirror
 
The Leopard’s unflagging narrative tension, breathtaking surprises and many confrontations with half-suspected treachery . . . are superb.” —The Independent

Kirkus Reviews
Another spooky gothic by Norwegian gloomster Nesbø (The Snowman, 2011, etc.), the poet laureate of boreal psychopathy. If there were a dictionary-definition image for numbed world-weariness, Oslo detective Harry Hole would be it, in just the way that Edvard Munch's The Scream is the canonical image of terror. (When the film is made, only the Stellan Skarsgård of Insomnia will do.) As Nesbø's newest procedural opens, Hole has taken himself into a Hong Kong exile, where he ponders the smog that builds up thicker and thicker from mainland China and fills his own modest room with the smoke from his opium water pipe. Enter Kaja Solness, Oslo gumshoe extraordinaire, who needs to find him immediately. Naturally, something very ugly has happened back home; a murder bloody enough to make a Viking of yore lose his lunch has occurred, involving a cruel instrument of torture that shoots out metal spikes: "Two needles pierced the windpipe and one the right eye, one the left. Several needles penetrated the rear part of the palate and reached the brain." Yuck. Only Hole, it seems, can divine the mind of someone sick enough to pull off such a thing, and once Hole, plagued by the memories of earlier murders and a constant craving for drink and smoke, is pulled into the case early on in the novel, it's all a go-go-go rush across the continents: Europe, of course, and Asia, but also Africa, where an ugly war is raging off in some backwater of the Congo and where, it develops, a person of interest is conducting a nasty trade. It is vintage Nesbø to throw in red herrings and MacGuffins, but also to have Hole engage in a little John Woo–style dance, cop and suspect, in which the bad guy has a definite chance of taking out the good one. Nesbø's formula includes plenty of participation by Kaja, a very capable woman, and plenty of current geopolitical backdrop, making Nesbø a worthy mysterian-cum-social-critic in the Stieg Larsson tradition. But will good prevail? It's anything but a foregone conclusion. Good for a nightmare or three--a taut, fast-paced thriller with wrenching twists and turns.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307917614
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Series: Harry Hole Series , #8
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 972,289
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Jo Nesbo
Jo Nesbø’s books, translated into forty languages, have sold more than eight million copies worldwide. His previous Harry Hole novels include The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil’s Star, and The Snowman, and he is the author of Headhunters and several children’s books. He has received the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. He is also a musician, songwriter, and economist and lives in Oslo.

www.jonesbo.com

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The Drowning

She awoke. Blinked in the pitch darkness. Yawned, and breathed through her nose. She blinked again. Felt a tear run down her face, felt it dissolve the salt of other tears. But saliva was no longer entering her throat; her mouth was dry and hard. Her cheeks were forced out by the pressure from inside. The foreign body in her mouth felt as though it would explode her head. But what was it? What was it? The first thing she thought when she awoke was that she wanted to go back. Back into the dark, warm depths that had enveloped her. The injection he had given her had not worn off yet, but she knew pain was on the way, felt it coming in the slow, dull beat of her pulse and the jerky flow of blood through her brain. Where was he? Was he standing right behind her? She held her breath, listened. She couldn't hear anything, but she could sense a presence. Like a leopard. Someone had told her leopards made so little noise they could sneak right up to their prey in the dark. They could regulate their breathing so that it was in tune with yours. Could hold their breath when you held yours. She was certain she could feel his body heat. What was he waiting for? She exhaled again. And at that same moment was sure she had felt breath on her neck. She whirled around, hit out, but was met by air. She hunched up, tried to make herself small, to hide. Pointless.

How long had she been unconscious?

The drug was wearing off. The sensation lasted only for a fraction of a second. But it was enough to give her the foretaste, the promise. The promise of what was to come.

The foreign body placed on the table in front of her had been the size of a billiard ball, made of shiny metal with punched-out small holes and figures and symbols. From one of the holes protruded a red wire with a looped end, which instantly made her think of the Christmas tree that would need decorating at her parents' house on December 23, in seven days. With shiny balls, Christmas pixies, hearts, candles and Norwegian flags. In eight days they would be singing a traditional Christmas carol, and she would see the twinkling eyes of her nephews and nieces as they opened their presents. All the things she should have done differently. All the days she should have lived to the full, avoiding escapism, should have filled with happiness, breath and love. The places she had merely traveled through, the places she was planning to visit. The men she had met, the man she had still not met. The fetus she had gotten rid of when she was seventeen, the children she had not yet had. The days she had wasted for the days she thought she would have.

Then she had stopped thinking about anything except the knife that had been brandished before her. And the gentle voice that had told her to put the ball in her mouth. She had done so; of course she had. With her heart thumping she had opened her mouth as wide as she could and pushed the ball in, with the wire left hanging outside. The metal tasted bitter and salty, like tears. Then her head had been forced back, and the steel burned against her skin as the knife was laid flat against her throat. The ceiling and the room were illuminated by a standard lamp, leaning against the wall in one of the corners. Bare, gray concrete. Apart from the lamp, the room contained a white plastic picnic table, two chairs, two empty beer bottles and two people. Him and her. She smelled a leather glove as a finger tugged lightly at the red loop hanging from her mouth. And the next moment her head seemed to explode.

The ball had expanded and forced itself...

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Love this book!

    Jo Nesbo is a great writer. His Harry Hole series keeps you interested and guessing! Great read!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

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    Disappointing follow up to The Snowman

    The Snowman was one of my favorite books of all time. Therefore, I waited anxiously for months to read the next book in the series, The Leopard. However, as an avid reader, I was very disappointed. The plot The Leopard goes off into many tangents leaving the reader wanting a more substantial, meaningful, tightly woven story line. Don't get me wrong, I still love the flawed yet lovable detective Harry; however, I found myself very frustrated by the author's failure to reward him for his sufferings or even have him learn from them. The book was way too long and just seemed t go n and on,

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

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    Challenges

    The latest Harry Hole novel presents the reader with a formidable challenge: On the one hand, the temptation is to try to read this tautly written, tightly plotted murder mystery in a single sitting. On the other hand, its 611 pages is undoubtedly a very large hurdle. Whatever the method, it’s well worth the effort to read it no matter how long it takes.

    After the travails he suffered at the conclusion of “The Snowman,”, Harry was so down that he resigned from the police force and traveled to the Far East, where he loses himself in alcohol, opium and gambling. There, a female detective from Norway finds him, pays off his gambling debts, tells him his father is in the hospital dying and he, as the only officer with experience solving serial murders, is wanted back in Oslo to help in what appears to be another multiple homicide case. At first he is reluctant, but finally accedes to the request to return because of his dad.

    Still refusing to rejoin the crime squad, Harry finally gives in when a third victim, a member of parliament, is killed. There are no clues and no common links between the victims until Harry discovers all three spent a night in an isolated mountain cabin together, and it becomes apparent that the “guests” are being picked off one by one.

    From that point, the case slowly unfolds somewhat murkily to keep the reader in the dark as to the ultimate denouement. Sometimes, Harry’s insights are prophetic, others off base. But he always has his eye on the main purpose: to catch the bad guy. At the same time, he is fighting his personal demons, his separation from the great love of his life, his relationship with his dying father, the politics of the competition between elements of the department as to responsibility for murder investigations, and his disillusionment with his role as a cop. More than enough, one must say, for one man.

    Highly recommended.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Awesome book

    This book waas amazing! I love to read it.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    A good book that could have been a great one.

    A very good story full of actions and surprises. Nesbo has talent and a lot of imagination. Unfortunatly. he has a real hard time to conclude: this story would have deserved a 5 stars rating had it a good 100 pages less. Too much could be like not enough.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Little Long But Excellent

    The Snowman is Nesbo's classic, but The Leopard is equally gripping. I did think it just a bit too long. Could have been cut by 50 to 100 pages. Regardless, very good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Leopardstar

    Hey if you wanna fuq join my clan @ 'river bed' res 1!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Furystar

    *a huge tabby tom padded in* Oh sorry. *He meowed as soon as he saw Oceantide*

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Oceantide

    The watery blue-gray tom watched her curiously. "Hello, im oceantide of goldclan"

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Leopardpelt

    Hello. U don't have to leave. I want to meet both of u. She meowed.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    SUCKS

    I bought this thinking it was a ataul leopard book like facts couldnt they say its not a fact book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2013

    I only discovered Jo Nesbo a few months ago & have read 5 of

    I only discovered Jo Nesbo a few months ago & have read 5 of his books so far. The Snowman was great but I think The Leopard was better. Looking forward to his next. Love Harry Hole!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Dawnstar

    "Welcome to Morningclan, Blackpelt." She dipped her head.
    ~ Dawnstar ~

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Haley

    I would like to audition

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Not a one night read

    An intriquing plot but complicated and not 'an easy read'. Would recommend but one must accept an outlandish series of events. Harry Hole is certainly a tortured soul, but his escapes from life threatening events strain credulity.

    Agree with others that the book is a tad long and stilted at points. Nonetheless, author offers up more than a quick, breezy 'whodunit'.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Best Harry Hole

    Each of the Harry Hole novels seems to get better than the previous one. I cannot wait for the Phantom to come out. I would also love to read the first two novels which have not yet been released in the US

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    highly recommend the series

    It's a fast moving book. A little difficult in places due to translation. May have to read a sentence twice...otherwiae.. Excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    I loved this book. It's the first Det Harry book I've picked, a

    I loved this book. It's the first Det Harry book I've picked, and now
    the rest are on my reading list. There was a lot going on throughout
    the story, most of which I didn't expect, and certainly kept me
    interested and entertained. It was easy to pick up one of the several
    in the series and become invested in Harry's life.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Another Great Book

    Det Harry Hole continues to be a brilliant, tortured soul. Great follow up to last years "The Snowman". His father is dying, a serial killer (or two?) are killing in ungodly ways and romance blossoms. Running around Norway, Hong Kong and Africa with Harry was fun. Love how Nesbo writes! Long book 569 pages, but well worth the time.

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