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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099548976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099548973
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Comparisons with Stieg Larsson have been made, but Nesbo's plots move quickly, carry more punch, and really do keep you guessing to the final page" (Daily Mirror)

"A cracking good thriller...that will keep you gripped to the last page" (Guardian)

"Outstanding... Probably the best big crime novel you could lay your hands on this year" (BBC Radio 4)

"Nesbo's novels keep going when you think there can't be any more twists to follow. Scenes switch from the avalanche-threatened ravines and mountain cabins of back-country Norway, close to oil-rich Stavanger and metropolitan Oslo, to an active volcano in Africa" (Times Literary Supplement)

"Original Norwegian noir...absorbing" (Time Out)

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A heart-stopping thriller from the international crime fiction star and top 5 bestseller that the Independent has called 'The next Stieg Larsson'.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Midnight on 30 Jan. 2011
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'The Leopard' is the sixth in the series of Jo Nesbø's books which have been translated from Norwegian into English by Don Bartlett with the central character of Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Police.

I read 'The Leopard' immediately after finishing 'The Snowman' and although I felt 'The Snowman' could be read without necessarily reading the previous books, I do feel it will enhance a readers enjoyment to have read 'The Snowman' before 'The Leopard'.

We find that after being traumatised by events encountered in solving the serial killings in 'The Snowman', the story starts in Hong Kong where Harry fled after the Snowman case. Now he is not only battling against alcoholism but tackling drug abuse and gambling debts. He is persuaded to return to Oslo as his father is in hospital dying of cancer and his colleagues in Norway want his help investigating what appear to be unconnected murder cases.

This lengthy novel does bring in characters met in previous tales - former girlfriend Rakel is still very much in Harry's thoughts but there is an intriguing new female colleague, Kaja Solness; Katrine Bratt is still involved as is Bjørn Holm with his forensic expertise.

The plot is very complex taking many twists and turns. When this is coupled with Norwegian names and Nesbo's penchant for detailed description, it does mean you have to concentrate hard to ensure you follow all the deviations, so it's not the lightest of reading! Some of the descriptions of the murders committed left me reeling - how can someone have such a dark imagination?
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198 of 211 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Oxley on 28 Jan. 2011
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`The Leopard' is the new Jo Nesbo novel, and it's one I've been looking forward to immensely. However, I didn't expect it to be quite this length. Clocking in at over 600 hardback pages this is indeed a mighty beast. But: a) was it worth the wait?; b) is it too long?; and c) is it far-fetched? The answer to all three questions is an emphatic `Yes!' So why if it's too long and implausible at times have I given it five stars? Let me explain...

First of all, the book picks-up not too long after Jo's last translated novel `The Snowman' ended. His detective, Harry Hole has gone AWOL from the Oslo Crime Squad. He's still bearing the scars (both literally and figuratively) from that case and is `taking a break' in Hong Kong, where he's addicted to both opium and horse racing. A beautiful police detective, Kaja Solness, has been sent to locate him because his expertise is required in what appears to be another serial killer case back home. Harry initially refuses, but Kaja drops her bombshell: his father is seriously ill and in hospital. And... that's all I'm going to tell you about the plot. The naughty publishers give too much away in their book summary on the inner cover and reveal a big development that is a definite spoiler*.

Once again police corruption plays a major part: the Crime Squad is squaring-up to Kripos in a power struggle over who should handle major homicide cases. The head of Kripos - Bellman - is a fascinating and brilliantly detailed character; a real old-fashioned snake-in-the-grass. You will love to hate him.

The book is packed with plot twists, and in terms of quality/quantity of misdirection, the only guy who can compete with Nesbo is Jeffery Deaver.
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`Leopard' written by Jo Nesbø is chronologically eighth installment in the Harry Hole series, an unusual and sometimes even dark hero Detective who is struggling with the worst scum of the Norwegian society.

Hole's isolation in Hong Kong escaping the horrors of his last case will be interrupted with a visit of Detective Kaja Solness, who has to do anything to make him return to Norway to investigate the murders of two women. Although he was not at all intrigued by those cases, news of his ailing father will force Harry to return from the world of alcohol and drugs back into reality. Immediately upon returning to Norway he will take the case and realize that he was dealing with a serial killer, a disturbed person using the brand new toys for the killings. The number of victims is growing every day, and while he tries to find a link between victims and the killer, Harry is not aware how close the villain actually is...

According to the undivided opinion of audiences and critics, Nesbø belongs to the first division of Scandinavian crime fiction genre. He definitely knows how to build the story managing to achieve what few can - to keep the same level of tension from the first page to the last. His crime are presented in brutal and cruel way, the sex scenes are passionate and intense, while the characters are anything but typical. Harry Hole is a naughty boy on the side of good. Cool, but sometimes also emotional, selfish and altruistic, and all those contradictions of his character make him a successful Detective, a good son, but bad partner.

`Leopard' is full of incredible twists and turns, and the detailed and realistic description of the whole story will make reader part of the action.
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