The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel (8) (Harry Hole Series)
Publish Date: 2011-12-13
Author: Jo Nesbo
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 Nesb wins. Marcel Berlins, The Times (U.K.)
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 doesnt want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kongs opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norwayhis father is dyingHarrys 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 testin both his professional and personal livesas never before.
Ruthlessly intelligent and suspenseful, The Leopard is Jo Nesbs most electrifying novel yetabsolutely gripping from first to last.