The translation to English is excellent. Harry’s father is in the hospital, close to death. Hole manages to escape and, following clues given by one of the killer’s associates, finally confronts and kills the culprit at the lip of a live volcano. Wynn Click on “other editions” and then switch to the edition you are reading or have read. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Do I need to read the previous books esp The Snowman before starting on this?

If a once decorated officer has gone so far off the rails they are now living high as a kite in the hinterlands of a far away country, surely their former employers is not going to demand that they come back and take on an actual investigation. But damn, Nesbo knows how to construct compelling plots, full of complex characters, did-NOT-see-that-coming plot twists, and, his big drawing card, a vivid sense of place. From there the plot gets so twisty it just about does your head in. It takes a while to figure out that there is a connection between the victims: Both very focussed on solving their crimes but who run into trouble with their superiors. But right now most tired of grown men who never tired of playing cock of the walk. The author does fill the gaps as the story revolves, because he does mildly reference previous books multiple times throughout.

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Although this can be a little frustrating, and I did kick myself for allowing myself to become distracted on occasion, it also made me appreciate just how talented Nesbo is at keeping his readers guessing and made me determined not sybopsis miss any other pertinent clues. Copyright owned or licensed by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited.

Harry Hole 1 – 10 of 12 books. Detective Harry Hole is back on the case of another serial killer and lets face it, things have to get pretty damn dicey to nedbo up Harry and he is well and truly shook.


The Leopard by Jo Nesbø

And the competition between departments becomes less of a bore to Harry and the reader when Bellman begins carrying out dirty tricks oeopard creative blackmail against Harry to get his way. There were so many characters introduced that went nowhere that I couldn’t keep up.

But with his father seriously ill in hospital, Harry reluctantly agrees to return to Oslo. The Leopard – India. These books are popular despite such limitations. 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.

As a female detective Kaja from Oslo finds out when she is sent there to fetch him, he is living a marginal existence in a youth hostel with a growing addiction to opium and hiding out from a criminal gang who bought his debt gambling at the horse races.

The translation to English is excellent. Hole is convinced to return when told nfsbo his father, Olav, is seriously ill and will not live much longer. Harry’s boss, Gunner Hagen wants his best detective back, as he believes Harry is the only person who can find the killer, after two months with no leads. Merit had a bodyguard.

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All the other women in his books seem very blah and to be honest boring. Deeply traumatised by The Snowman investigation, which threatened the lives of those he holds most dear, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong’s opium dens.

Hole visits the Snowman in custody, who is gravely ill and feels some remorse for his crimes. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. She is brilliant and intuitive and Harry persuades her to help him. A big book which I couldn’t put down. The action ranges from the snowy slopes of Norway’s mountains to African volcanoes with several nasty deaths and quite a few suspects as Harry tries to narrow down who is involved in the killings.


He seems to wonder about that himself and talks of soon giving up his detecting career. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat It took me three days to finish this one.

The Leopard by Jo Nesbo

But right now most tired of grown men who never tired of playing cock of the walk. Will these crimes continue to be investigated locally, or will murder investigations now effectively be nationalized under the direction of a single agency? As such, because I appear to be more of a sucker for this kind of thing than I previously realised, I have picked up another one. I was prepared for this violence by the first chapter. Eventually he gets pulled deeper and deeper into the orbit of the psychotic murderer note: Leopardd is on the case because Gunnar Hagan asked him to get involved not because he wants to be back on the force.

I love these complex mysteries with all their twists and turns but Nesbo has outdone himself this time. Nesbo is An Excellent Writer.

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Do I need to read the previous books esp The Snowman before starting on this? What would the press say after all? But even just figuring out who else was there that night — and thus might be next to get picked off — is difficult.