The Leopard (Paperback)

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By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translator)
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Inspector Harry Hole has fled Norway to recover from a horrifying serial murder case in the seamy side of Hong Kong but he returns to Oslo to investigate the murder of two women. He doesn’t deal well with authority, he doesn’t relate well to others, and he’s the best serial murder investigator in Oslo. This case leads him from a remote hostel in the countryside where snow can obliterate all landmarks to an arms dealer in Africa that traffics in horrifying weapons. The pace is brisk, the translation is seamless and the ride is a roller coaster. This is not just another Scandinavian mystery, this is an exciting read.

— Sydne, Atlanta


In this electrifying new addition to Jo NesbO's internationally acclaimed series, Harry Hole must confront the darkest demons in his city--and in himself.
Inspector Harry Hole has retreated to Hong Kong, escaping the trauma of his last case in squalid opium dens, when two young women are found dead in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches a fever pitch. There are no clues, the police investigation is stalled, and Harry--the one man who might be able to help--can't be found. After he returns to Oslo, the killer strikes again, Harry's instincts take over, and nothing can keep him from the investigation, though there is little to go on. Worse, he will soon come to understand that he is dealing with a psychopath who will put him to the test, both professionally and personally, as never before.

About the Author

Jo Nesbo is the most successful Norwegian author of all time. He has sold more than 19 million books, which are published in forty-seven different languages globally, and he is widely recognized as one of Europe s foremost crime writers. The author of crime fiction and short stories, the Doctor Proctor adventures are his first children s books.

Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. "My Struggle "has won countless international literary awards and has been translated into at least fifteen languages. Knausgaard lives in Sweden with his wife and three children.

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307743183
ISBN-10: 0307743187
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: June 26th, 2012
Pages: 675
Language: English
Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard