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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"Starred Review. Good for a nightmare or three - a taut, fast-paced thriller with wrenching twists and turns." - Kirkus Reviews
"This vivid, violent novel promises to speak on many levels to many readers and will be snatched up by Scandinavian crime fiction fans." - Library Journal
"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
"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.)
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With his internationally acclaimed crime novels featuring Detective Harry Hole, Jo Nesbø has achieved an unparalleled success both in his native country Norway and abroad, winning the hearts of critics, booksellers and readers alike. Translated into more than forty languages, awarded a range of awards and boasting record-breaking sales, Nesbø has been lavishly praised by international critics for broadening the scope of the contemporary crime novel, and is today regarded as one the best crime writers of our time.
Books to Date:
Harry Hole Series
1. The Redbreast (2006)
2. Nemesis (2008)
3. The Devil's Star (2005)
4. The Redeemer (2009)
5. The Snowman (2010)
6. The Leopard (2011)
7. Phantom (2012)
8. Police (2013)
9. The Son (2014)
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