Love twist-filled crime? The Leopard is your next perfect read.
‘A cracking good thriller…that will keep you gripped to the last page’ Guardian
In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. Two women are found drowned in their own blood. A third woman is hanged from a diving board.
You have allowed this killing to go on.
The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options.
It’s time this was stopped.
There is only one man who can help them catch the killer. But Inspector Harry Hole doesn’t want to be found.
…Because I have appointed the next victim.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The Snowman was my first Harry Hole book so it seemed rude not to carry on with the next one. At the end of the last novel, Harry didn’t just leave the building, he left the country, jumping on a plane to Hong Kong, seeking a hole that he never wanted to find his way out of. Harry had lost everything that was important to him so he sank into self destruct mode with booze, drugs, and loans for gambling from people you don’t play round with. A knock on the door and the offer of another serial killer case back home didn’t entice him but the news that his dad was dying did.
Coming back home to massive debt forces Harry back to work, in a fashion and on his terms with the pick of his small team. Kaja Solness, the detective that managed to do the impossible and get him back home is top of his list. By the time they are ready to go the third victim had been murdered. Complicating everything further is a new battle of whether the case should be handled locally with police or if a newly formed national agency should take over headed by Mikael Bellman. Harry really can’t be goaded into a strutting contest and to be honest I wanted to clip Bellman’s feather back myself!
Oh boy, is this killer vicious and inventive in his methods of slow torturous deaths, both male and female. When a connection is made it takes Harry to a whole new level of fight for survival mode kicking in as childhood memories could be the only thing that saves the day.
My heart plummeted in so many chapters as Jo Nesbo shows no mercy for his characters or readers, with heart in my mouth moments to expected endings. A truly top read.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son and his latest Harry Hole novel, The Thirst, all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He’s an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 34 million copies around the world.
Before becoming a crime writer, Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di Derre (‘Them There’). They topped the charts in Norway, but Nesbo continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat.