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The Leopard

(Harry Hole #8)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  47,857 ratings  ·  3,041 reviews
In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn't want to be found.

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Hardcover, 611 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by Harvill Secker (first published 2009)
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Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: especially Harry Bosch fans
Shelves: audiobook, 2016, 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
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers-wd
The Leopard by Jo Nesbø is a real Russian doll of a thriller. Intricately and meticulously plotted, it’s full of twists, tricks and suprises. The brain needs to work overtime as theories become redundant, constantly being replaced by new ones.
This is a powerful tale of warring police departments, gory and imaginative killings, scary obsessions, strange motives, lots of snow and of course Harry Hole.
At the beginning of this story our hero has to be dragged back from a squalid existence in Hong
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number 8 in the Harry Hole series and maybe the best out of all of them so far! Harry is by now a confirmed alcoholic and spends a lot of his time in drunken binges but when a new serial killer comes on the scene he manages to stay sober long enough to solve the case. Despite his failings Harry is still such a likeable character and always smart enough to win out over criminals and bent police officers. Possibly his success is due to the fact that he really really does not care what happens to h ...more
Glenn Sumi
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-usa-can-uk
I recently caught the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman, and realized I hadn’t reviewed the Nesbo book I finished a couple of months ago, the one that comes right after The Snowman in the Harry Hole series.

Perhaps I didn’t want to dredge up the memory of The Leopard. Its imagery continues to haunt me. Seriously, some of the graphic violence in this book wouldn’t be out of place in the film genre that’s known as “torture porn” (for horror film novices: see the Saw
James Thane
At the end of the seventh book in this series, The Snowman, Inspector Harry Hole was an emotional wreck. The case had taken a very heavy toll on him personally and his reaction to it all was to quit the Oslo police force and run away to Hong Kong where he lost himself in the city's notorious opium dens. But now a new serial killer may be stalking victims back in Norway and Harry is the most experienced policeman in the country in dealing with such criminals.

Harry's boss sends Kaja Solness, an at
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I am a biased fan, so my passion for this series among the steam of Nordic Noir hits has to be considered in that context. The figure of tough and sensitive Harry Hole, usually detective with the Olso major crimes squad, is up there in my pantheon of fictional crime fighters, which includes near the heavens Harry Bosch, Dave Robicheaux, Elvis Cole, Virgil Flowers, Jack Reacher, Walt Longmire, and Spenser.

At curtain rise, Harry is basically living under a rock in Hong Kong. The threats and damag
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Mr.Nesbo,

I can't explain what a painful ordeal it was to finish this book. Please realize that the reader is an amateur detective who is trying to decipher the clues along with the fictional detective. And he/she is not going to be pleased when he figures out where it is heading at 40% while the detective doesn't have a clue. What is more frustrating is that his/her 'cracking' the case is primarily attributed to knowing the author. (Why doesn't Harry Hole learn?)

The worst thing that can ha
Tom Swift
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, I was late to the party with Jo Nesbo. The Harry Hole series is riveting.
Jan 19, 2012 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
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
Dark and thrilling and long!
Desiree Koh
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
After catching the serial killer known as the Snowman Harry Hole quit the Crime Squad and lit out for Hong Kong where he could indulge in drinking, gambling and heroin in an attempt to forget about Rakel. But now there has been a series of inexplicably linked deaths and Crime Squad want Harry back in Oslo and his ex-colleague Kaja Solness is sent to track him down.

I think this might be my favourite Jo Nesbo to date (just ahead of The Snowman). The plot is complex and made more so by the tug of w
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jo Nesbo is simply brilliant. The Leopard is another masterful instalment in the very excellent Harry Hole series.

But poor Harry, he is a mess. His last case (The Snowman - previous book) really took it out of him and his girlfriend, Rakel, and her son, Oleg, have left Sweden to put the ordeal behind them. Harry has holed up (yes I know) in Hong Kong of all places to indulge in drink, drugs and gambling. A new officer in the Crime Squad, Maja Solness, is sent to Hong Kong to bring him back becau
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am, no doubt about it, a Nesbo fan.
The Son is still my favorite of his books but I LOVE Harry Hole!
And because I love Harry so much, it is difficult for me to see how his life takes a dark turn after a dark turn (was there a book in the series where Harry did not loose someone he loved??)

In this installment the mystery is wonderful and I enjoyed it even though I did figure ahead of time some of the twists and turns.

I’m dying to dive into the next book in the series!

Thank you Lena and Sofia.
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
Alex Cantone
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019, noir, thriller
They walked over to the low brick wall from where the forest sloped downwards into Oslo. The clouds in the west were tinged with orange and red, and the queues of traffic on the motorway glittered like phosphorescence against the blackness of the town. It seemed to be lying there in wait, keeping watch, Harry thought. A camouflaged beast of prey...

The Leopard follows closely after The Snowman in the Oslo sequence, with a new and particularly callous serial killer taking out three women victims,

If you read and LIKED The Snowman, then you CAN read The Leopard even WITHOUT reading the previous books.

Yes, in spite of my own statement in my reviews to the previous sequels (about a necessity of reading the series from the very beginning).

Actually you even NEED to read it ASAP.
Probably my favourite instalment. Brutal, be prepared, but absolutely unputdownable.

I listened to an audio book in German. At first I was not sure about it, but Jo Nesbo doesn't write his books in Enlish, the
Kylie H
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-read, crime
Harry is back as his self-destructive, bastard self in this 8th instalment, and somehow my fondness for him grows. Once again Harry has hit rock bottom, broke and on the run in Hong Kong he has discovered a new vice, opium. Home in Norway a person is sadistically torturing and killing victims. It is Harry's specialist field, a serial killer, but what leverage can be used this time to get him to come home and do what he does best.
Harry has more lives than a cat, and the only reason I know he is g
Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
it starts slowly around middle I was enjoying some nice plot twist, but after that it went shockingly bad. things I did not enjoy:
- made up torture devices are ok, but presenting them as a real historical artefact stinks
- Norwegian police routinely travel to civil-war plagued African countries to investigate on a whim, without any official liason, contact, legal backup, guns, preparation or even a fucking medical check.
Nesbo is trying too hard and puts too many locations (rwanda, hong kong, germ
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like how Nesbo writes but I sure get angry with him because of the great big heavy burden he keeps pushing onto Harry grrrr. For God's sake give him a bloody break, why don't you.

As you can see the above is a testament to how much I get into these stories and how reading one always makes me want to read more, always with that little hope that it will be easier for Harry this time round.

A slightly skewed BR with my Harry Girls - Lena and Alona.
David Schaafsma
Book #8 of the Harry Hole series is set in Norway, one of the richest, happiest and safest places in the world, where Jo Nesbo must convince us horrific murders take place there. My suspicion is that he is hired by the Promote Norway Program by discouraging visitors from moving there. The story also moves to Goma, Congo, though it opens in Hong Kong, where Harry has fled the life of detectiving and his relationship to Rakel after the traumatizing events of The Snowman, his last book (because twi ...more
This is the third Jo Nesbo book I've read and I must say that Jo Nesbø deserves all the hype he gets.

Traumatized by the snowman case Harry flees to Thailand to drown into his inner demons until his colleagues drag him back to Norway to help with a new case and inform him that his father is sick.

The new serial killer is much different than the snowman, different motives, different killing style and personality which I appreciated and I thought was believable - this story could actually happen s
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By crafting arguably the most intense of the Harry Hole novels to date, Nesbø puts the reader in the middle of an intense murder investigation and search for another horrific killer. After suffering greatly at the hands of the The Snowman, a serial killer from a previous novel, Hole is hiding out in Hong Kong, with little interest in returning to his native land. Kaja Solness, newest member of the Crime Squad within the Oslo Police, is sent to coax him back, explaining that the Squad has come up ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books-read
After The Snowman, Harry Hole has earned the reputation as the serial killer slayer. That's why a colleague goes looking for Harry in Bangkok to enlist him in a new investigation. But Harry has to battle the new Kripos chief to find his new nemesis.
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Terry Brooks
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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