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The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel (8) (Harry Hole Series) Paperback – June 26, 2012
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: At the end of his previous thriller, The Snowman, Jo Nesbo's Inspector Harry Hole was a ravaged mess. At the start of The Leopard, we find Hole hiding away from the world, smoking opium in the squalor of Hong Kong's back alleys. A pretty young police officer drags him reluctantly back to Norway to pursue another serial killer, this one more twisted and vicious than the Snowman. Despite some far-fetched scenes, Hole is a damaged, soulful, and believable character. And Nesbo is proving to be a major talent, an eloquent writer who,, with the end of Steig Larsson's trilogy and the retirement of Henning Mankell's brooding detective Kurt Wallander, seems poised to become heir to the title "King of the Nordic thriller." --Neal Thompson
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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
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Interesting history and culture of Sicily in 1860, wonderful, languid style of delivery and a main character in The Prince who I came to appreciate and really admire over the course of the novel.
It's a novel that may not appeal to everyone, it did require a bit of patience but it certainly appealed to me.
After reading The Leopard, I advised any women I know not to run at night.
But then again days aren't always completely safe either from men or animals. Harry got attacked in Australia in The Bat by a vicious little dog he mistook for a tasmanian devil, but fortunately was saved by his aboriginal detective host who was able to deliver a swift kick.
Be prepared for Nesbo.