The Leopard (Harry Hole, #8)
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The Leopard (Harry Hole #8)

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In this electrifying new addition to Jo Nesbø’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 f...more
Hardcover, 517 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by H. Aschehoug & Co. (W. Nygaard) (first published 2009)
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Carol
Dear Harry Hole:

Last time I heard from you, you lost the woman you loved, her son who called you Dad and your middle finger. You quit Crime Squad for good, sulking from the trauma and devastation in your life caused chasing down that twisted Snowman. You moved to Hong Kong where you graduated at the top of your class from Jim Beam to heroin. No more serial killer hunts for you. Just smack, glass noodles and gambling on losing horses. The good life for someone who has given up on life.

Then this...more
Anna
Mar 02, 2012 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: especially Harry Bosch fans
Shelves: 2012, apl
Nesbø's Harry Hole books should come with at least two warnings on them; Never start to read one if you need a full night of sleep (you will be up until way too late because the story is just too addictive), and never start to read one if you don't have at least one more Harry Hole, ideally in chronological order lined up waiting for you next, since you'll probably be going on Harry Hole binge.
This one would work great outside the series too, but it is much more enjoyable if you read the HH book...more
Kathy
The violence in The Leopard is gruesome and unrelenting (took me a while to craft a review without the phrase "sick fuck" in it [oops]). For some, I know, it will be too much. It came close for me, but my lack of an ability to visualize allowed me to power through.

That said, the violence works well within the story. Detective Harry Hole is back on the case of another serial killer and lets face it, things have to get pretty damn dicey to shake up Harry (and he is well and truly shook).

This thril...more
April
Jan 19, 2012 April marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
There are some books that aren't dreadful but just aren't worth finishing. All the same, I cannot remember the last time I read 311 pages of a book only to decide I couldn't be bothered to read the rest. After several days of being really confused by my overwhelming apathy and agonizing over what to do, I finally gave myself permission to give up.

Why couldn't I summon up the will to read? For one thing, this is not even half as good a book as The Snowman nor was its killer remotely as frightenin...more
Jane
I have a thing about Scandinavia and Scandinavian crime thrillers. Having enjoyed Wallander on TV, particularly Krister Henriksson's portrayal, I want to read all of Henning Mankel's series. The Danish TV series The Killing is also very good. Hence when my book group chose Jo Nesbo's The Leopard I was just a bit excited! Little did I know that The Leopard is the sixth book in the series and having not read any of the others, I feel I'm doing this back to front. On opening the book I was bitten!...more
Nancy Oakes
It is just a crying shame that this novel is not going to be available in the U.S. right away, because really, American readers of Jo Nesbø are missing out on one of the very best books in the entire series. I couldn't even purchase a copy from Book Depository directly, so I had to take the roundabout alternative and purchase from BD through Amazon. It's a bit more expensive, but well worth it. Trust me, after finishing The Snowman, you are going to want to read this book as quickly as possible....more
F.R.
So the advertising does work. One finds it almost impossible to commute around London these days without seeing adverts for Jo Nesbo’s various thrillers. They give the impression that every sentient being on the planet is currently gripped by this man’s books and slavering for the next one. More than eating or breathing oxygen, reading Norwegian crime novels is the done thing for the human race right now. As such, because I appear to be more of a sucker for this kind of thing than I previously r...more
Desiree Koh
I'm not a fan of crime fiction, unless it was written by Raymond Chandler, but that's not crime fiction - that's noir literature. However, I was enticed by and enjoyed the Stieg Larsson books last summer, despite how poorly they were edited and awful the English translations were. The narratives were compelling, and I couldn't put them down.

I decided to pick up the latest book by Jo Nesbo - billed as the "Norwegian Stieg Larsson" - because I was curious about this new trend of explicitly gruesom...more
Felice
In his previous novel Nesbø had Harry catching a serial killer known as The Snowman and almost losing himself in the process. In The Leopard Nesbø finds another multiple murderer for Harry to investigate. Apparently there’s a lot of that going around in Norway. Not to worry however Harry Hole is here to if not make sense of it then to at least put the bad guys behind bars.


Harry is my go to read among the Scandinavian crime spree novels. I never fell under the spell of Steig Larson or Henning Me...more
Michelle
Why do I love you, Harry Hole? You are so broken. Yet Kaja, the new face in the Crime Squad, was tasked with flying to Hong Kong to dredge Harry up from his self exile to help catch a possible serial killer. He makes it back to Oslo, but oddly enough, the case takes him to the Congo. The book is fairly gruesome and introduces us to what I thought was the Leopard Apple. LOL. It's really Leopold's apple. I chose the killer almost right away and was pretty pleased when they made the arrest - only t...more
Kevin Farrell
The short version of this review is this: If you liked the Snowman by Jo Nesbo then you will like this.

Longer version: The story follows Harry Hole to China where he is trying to bury himself in opium addiction after losing people close to him in the Snowman case. He is not coping well. He has a gambling debt to persons in China that are hunting him. His old boss needs him back for a case that is exploding with murders. To make matters worse, there is a new Investigative Unit that is maneuvering...more
Douglas Wickard
Quite frankly...I couldn't finish this book. I came off THE SNOWMAN with a heightened sense of enthusiasm for Jo Nesbo and his brooding detective HOLE. But this one was all bravora, paint-by-numbers, no substance, cardboard crap. I could care less about his international drug addiction, loser qualities, flirty opportunities with the babe detective in a mental institution... it all became very trite and I began to only look forward to the titalating parts where he described death. Not a good plac...more
Stephen Hayes
This is the third book I have read by Jo Nesbø, where the protagonist is Oslo detective Harry Hole. The book opens with Harry on indefinite leave, hiding out in the opium dens of Hong Kong, and being brought back to solve a serial murder case -- two women have been found dead, drowned in their own blood.

I haven't read the book immediately preceding this one in the series, The snowman, which apparently explains why Harry was in Hong Kong, and perhaps one needs to read that to understand what hap...more
Terry Brooks
Because I am swamped with finishing my next Shannara book (for 2014) and reading the galley proofs for Witch Wraith, I have not read a whole slew of fantasy books, both adult and young adult, that I am anxious to get to. Also, I am holding off on Shawn until I can get a running start! (Just kidding - I will review his book THE DARK THORN next month or the one after).

So let me recommend Jo Nesbo to you. Any of his books are wonderful, but I just finished The Leopard (probably #8 or so in his ser...more
Carol
Nov 23, 2011 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: publisher, ARC
Shelves: fiction
I'm a latecomer to the Harry Hole Norwegian thrillers but am becoming a fan of the series and of author, Jo Nesbo. I thought The Snowman was grisly and taut but compared to The Leopard, it’s like a walk in the park. Nesbo definitely steps up the violence a notch. Not all readers will be appreciative of this but as long as I’m just reading and not the victim, I’m ok with this.

In the Leopard we find Hole, holed up in Hong Kong making very little attempt to get his life back together. He is wallow...more
Patrick O'Neil
I've been reading Harry Hole novels for months now. Literally. I started with Phantom (#9) and have been working my way backwards ever since. Unfortunately, not chronologically backwards, but more like whatever one's available, or the least money, or which one the library has on hand, or... Lend me a damn Jo Nesbo book: Snowman, Nemesis, The Devil's Star… what the hell, it doesn't matter. Having been invited to the party late in the game, due to being an American, I'm binge reading like a mo-fo....more
Melissa
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Paul
I'm glad the sticker on Jo Nesbo books has stopped saying "The new Stig Larsen". Who wants to read books by an anonymous guy who works with Jeremy Clarkson?
Alexandra
Der Leopard ist ein Krimi, der eine so starke Horrorkomponente hat, dass sie fast zuviel ist für meine zartgestickte Seele. Manche Opfer werden nicht nur ermordet, sondern auch noch gefoltert und das in ausführlichsten Beschreibungen aus der Sicht des Sterbenden. Schon bei der ersten Szene setzte doch ernsthaft mein Würgereflex ein. Weiters ist dies ein Roman, bei dem ein empfindliches Gemüt zwar dann in der Nacht schlechte Träume bekommt, aber den man auch nicht weglegen kann - wie so ein hypno...more
Lisa
This was my least favorite Jo Nesbo book. I would love to blame it on the fact that I started it while riding home from Pgh or that it took me over 10 days to finish (a VERY long time for me to finish a 500 page book) However, I think it's because there were way too many characters, too many plot twists, and Harry just lost a little something for me. He was borderline pathetic. Many times throughout the story I wanted to slap him, at best. I just don't know.

I do know that if this was my first H...more
Ellen Keim
As usual, Jo Nesbo delivers an intricate plotline, but in The Leopard, he might have overstepped the boundaries, at least for this reader. I had much the same reaction to this book as when I go to a movie and say, "That was great, but it was about a half hour too long." On the other hand, can you ever get enough of Jo Nesbo's writing or of his character Harry Hole?

Harry Hole is barely subsisting in a haze of drugs and alcohol when he reluctantly agrees to return from his self-imposed exile in Ho...more
Miles
If ever there was an author you’d think twice about upsetting, crossing or agitating – Jo Nesbo’s your man! I mean that in the nicest way possible of course, he has an amazing natural ability to create some of the darkest and vile nemeses you could ever wish to meet – or should that be not to meet?!

In a follow up to “The Snowman” – which incidentally was my top book of 2010 – Inspector Harry Hole is back in action as Norway is gripped by yet another Serial Killer. With numerous references to “Th...more
Elizabeth Cárdenas
Frightening and compelling, it may keep you up until 2:30 a.m. I'm addicted to the Harry Hole books. This one is like a roller coaster. You think you know who the villain is (along with Harry) but the situation changes so the you have to start guessing all over again. It is compelling like a bag of Nestle Kisses - you want read just one chapter every night but you end up reading more & more until you realize it's 2:30 am & you need to get up at 7. Someone braver than I may interrupt by t...more
Jennifer
Feb 07, 2012 Jennifer marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I blame my mother! I never intended to get anything more out of the library that day but somehow came out with a bag groaning with weight Scandinavian noir. I had some successful ventures into the genre last year, the first since a few Wallanders a while back and I'd heard of this one.

However, I abandoned it pretty early on. It opens with an incarcerated woman being murdered in a fiendishly ingenious and gruesome manner. Now, I thought a Christopher Brookmyre character using intestines as a rope...more
Helen Strobridge
Hmmmm, not sure about this one. I enjoyed the first Jo Nesbo that I read (The Snowman) but this seemed too similar. The same recipe of very gruesome murders, lots and lots of characters (almost all of them suspicious in one way or another), a disfunctional but brilliant scandinavian detective (where have I heard that before...) and lots of spooky Norwegian locations.

I have trouble warming to Harry Hole and find him and all his 'problems' somewhat tiresome, and whilst I enjoyed trying to solve th...more
Lou Robinson
I'm a big Nesbo/Hole fan. And The Leopard did nothing to shift my position on that. The body count was satisfyingly high (it tends to be the same way I rate a Midsomer Murders episode), and there were plenty of plot twists and turns. So why not a 5? I kind of agree with Helen, in that it was just a bit too similar to the earlier books in the series, with the emergence of yet more "dodgy" coppers, another failed attempt at starting a relationship with an attractive colleague and long periods of s...more
Shelli
After finishing The Redbreast…I really wanted to read another story featuring a new favorite character, Harry Hole. I thought I had read somewhere that you didn't necessarily have to read them in order, so I jumped on this from the library as it was the only one immediately available. I once again enjoyed it very much. However, if you are planning on reading this series….do yourself a favor and read The Snowman before reading this one. This had a lot of spoilers for that one! It doesn't matter,...more
Chip
The plot twists and turns, Harry's continued maverick/solo cop routine, his superhuman survivability, and his irresistibility to women are taken to extreme lengths - he is becoming a cartoonish character, a far cry from his introduction (at least to English-speaking readers) in The Redbreast. (view spoiler) I nonetheless couldn't put it down...more
Felicity
I could not put this book down. It kept me up late at night, and I found myself reaching for it in the mornings when I woke up. Given the length of this book (600+ pages), Nesbo masterfully builds suspense--I never became bored wondering what was going on, or what was going to happen next. I must confess, however, that I wish fictional serial killers were just a little less, well, gruesome. I think I'd find the book just as interesting if torture wasn't involved. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned in...more
Natashya KitchenPuppies
This is the first novel of Jo Nesbo that I have read, although it is the 6th of his to be translated into English.
It is an epic mystery novel, over 600 pages in the paperback, and gritty - to be sure.
He is compared to Stieg Larsson, and I can certainly see that, but I would say that Nesbo is the better novelist by far. You are on the edge of your seat, always informed yet always caught by surprise by the twists and turns.
I wouldn't hesitate to buy anything that he has written now, after enjoy...more
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Jo Nesbø is a bestselling Norwegian author and musician. He was born in Oslo and grew up in Molde. Nesbø graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics. Nesbø is primarily famous for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocals and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Dokt...more
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“...'I've never told you this, but when you were in your teens one of your teachers called us. He said you'd been fighting in the playground again. With two of the boys from the grade above, but this time it hadn't turned out so well--they'd had to send you to the hospital to have your lip sewn and a tooth taken out. I stopped your allowance, remember? Anyway, Øystein told me about the fight later. You flew at them because they'd filled Tresko's knapsack with water from the school fountain. If I remember correctly, you didn't even like Tresko much. Øystein said the reason you'd been hurt so badly was that you didn't give in. You got up time after time and in the end you were bleeding so much that the big boys became alarmed and went on their way.'
Olav Hole laughed quietly. 'I didn't think I could tell you that at the time--it would only have been asking for more fights--but I was so proud I could have wept. You were brave, Harry. You were scared of the dark, but that didn't stop you going there.'...”
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