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The Leopard

(Harry Hole #8)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  36,436 Ratings  ·  2,674 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: 2012, apl, 2016, audiobook
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
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
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Οι τρεις αγαπημένοι μου Χαρούληδες (όχι απαραίτητα με αυτή τη σειρά) είναι οι εξής:
1ον) Χάρι Πότερ για τις αναμνήσεις των εφηβικών – φοιτητικών χρόνων και την αγωνία για κάθε καινούριο βιβλίο
2ον) Χάρι Χόλε για τα αξημέρωτα βράδια που αγωνιούσα ποιος είναι ο δολοφόνος και αν θα επιβιώσει ο αγαπημένος μου επιθεωρητής ή αν θα τα σκατώσει εξαιτίας του ποτού
3ον) Γιάννης Χαρούλης γιατί… εντάξει, έχετε πάει σε live του;
Πάμε λοιπόν στο νο 2, όπου σε αυτή την περιπέτεια τα πράγματα… δεν έχουν πολύ σχέσ
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
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
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
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
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Επιτέλους το κατάφερα!!! Λατρεύω Χάρι Χολε.. Πρέπει να διαβάσω σύντομα και άλλα απο τη σειρα! Ελπιζω να καταφέρω να γραψω κριτική σύντομα!
Marilou K.
5 αστεράκια γιατί ο κύριος nesbo διδάσκει ΚΑΙ ψυχολογία ΚΑΙ Εγκληματολογία!

Απ'τη μια έχουμε την καθαρά αστυνομική πλευρά του βιβλίου, έναν δολοφόνο τόσο πονηρά και εντέχνως κρυμμένο, τόσο πανέξυπνα γραμμένο...τι να πω! Μπράβο!(όσοι διαβάζατε τα updates μου μετά λύπης εχω να σας ενημερώσω ότι Οχι, τελικά έφτασα πολύ κοντά αλλά δεν βρήκα τον δολοφονο😟)

Απ'την άλλη φυσικά υπάρχει η προσωπική ζωή του Χάρι ο οποίος σ'αυτό το βιβλίο έχει να αντιμετωπίσει (Εκτός απ'τα γνωστά ερωτικά του δραματα) τον επι
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.
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
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
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
Cátia Santos
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5*! Só não dei as cinco porque achei que o final foi um pouco confuso. Penso que ganhava mais se tivesse terminado o livro umas páginas antes, pois já não ficaria com a sensação de que andou a arrastar a história no final.

Ainda assim, um livro muito empolgante, como sempre, daquele que é, atualmente, o meu escritor nórdico favorito! :) Sou completamente fã de Jo Nesbo!
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.
Kyriakos S Kyriakou
Για όλη την σειρά με τον Χάρι Χόλε :
Αγγελική Βρ.
Παρα τον περιορισμενο χρονο μου και την μεγαλη εκταση του βιβλιου δεν γινοταν να εχω μισαωρο κενο και να μην το πιασω στο χερια μου.!! Ηταν υπεροχο !! Αν ειμαι αντικειμενικη αυτη τη στιγμη, αφου δεν εχει περασει πανω απο ωρα που το τελειωσα, θα το ονομαςω το αγαπημενο μου απο nesbo μεχρι στιγμης!!
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένας συγγραφικός άθλος του Nesbo που καταφέρνει να γράψει ένα πολύπλευρο μυθιστόρημα 780 σελίδων κρατώντας αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη, χωρίς να χάνει τον ειρμό του, χωρίς να αερολογεί και χωρίς να πλατειάζει.
Το διάβασα σε 2 εβδομάδες (διαβάζω σχετικά αργά) και, πραγματικά, αισθανόμουν όταν το τελείωσα ότι είχα περάσει τουλάχιστον ένα μήνα ζωής δίπλα στον Χόλε, μπλεγμένος στην ίδια την ιστορία, με παρέα όλους τους ρόλους του βιβλίου, συμπάσχοντας και συμμετέχοντας σε όλες τις εκφάνσεις τ
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
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
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
readathon 3/26 βιβλίο με περισσότερες από 700 σελίδες

Χαρούλι μου με κοψοχόλιασες πάλι, αλλά ευτυχώς που ξέρω ότι ο δημιουργός σου μας έχει και συνέχειες wink ;p
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

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
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
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.
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
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
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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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

Other books in the series

Harry Hole (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Flaggermusmannen (Harry Hole, #1)
  • Cockroaches (Harry Hole, #2)
  • The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3)
  • Nemesis (Harry Hole, #4)
  • The Devil's Star (Harry Hole, #5)
  • Frelseren (Harry Hole, #6)
  • The Snowman (Harry Hole, #7)
  • Phantom (Harry Hole, #9)
  • Police (Harry Hole, #10)
  • The Thirst (Harry Hole, #11)
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