Leopard: spots unchanged

16 02 2012

The Leopard by Joe Nesbo



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.

Deeply traumatised by an investigation that threatened the lives of those he holds most dear, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong’s opium dens. But with his father seriously ill in hospital, Harry reluctantly agrees to return to Oslo. He has no intention of working on the case, but his instinct takes over when an MP is found brutally murdered in a city park.

The victims appear completely unconnected to one another, but it’s not long before Harry makes a discovery: the women all spent the night in an isolated mountain hostel. And someone is picking off the guests one by one.

It’s a pretty good thriller though and another entertaining outing for the ever morose Harry Hole. One of the most interesting of Nesbo’s books this and really does keep motoring along with Hole as a really compelling and complicated central character.


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