Joan B, January 7, 2012 (view all comments by Joan B)
The Leopard is absolutely the best Harry Hole book yet!!! Jo Nesbo has become one of my favorite authors, and his latest book superbly contrasts the flawed, disturbed Harry with his noble instincts. Parts of the book are gruesome, but the end, with Harry having solved a particularly convoluted set of murders, leaves one hope that he will be back.
Scot, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by Scot)
I've loved reading the Harry Hole series of detective stories by Jo Nesbo. The Leopard is the 4th of 8 novels in the series I've read so far, and it is my favorite. I can't wait to read the rest of the series and the prospect of the series continuing (with The Phantom scheduled to release some time in 2012) is enough to make me look forward to another cold and rainy winter in 2012.
The Leopard is a smart, suspenseful, totally engrossing antidote for what ails you. If you loved the Stieg Larsson Millenium series, you will, I think, thoroughly enjoy Jo Nesbo's The Leopard.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by 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.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by The Times,
"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." (U.K.)
by BBC Radio 4,
"Outstanding... Probably the best big crime novel you could lay your hands on this year."
by Library Journal,
"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."
by The Guardian,
"In The Leopard, Nesbø deploys all the key ingredients of a cracking good thriller with expertise and verve. The ticking clock, the tension expertly ratcheted ever upwards, the changing scenery, the constantly shifting goalposts, and his effortless, triumphant outpacing of the reader's ability to guess what's going to happen will keep you gripped to the last page." (U.K.)
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