The Leopard

Publisher: Vintage Canada
Two women are found murdered in Oslo — both of them have drowned in their own blood. What mystifies the police is that the puncture wounds in the victims' faces have been caused from the inside of their mouths. Kaja Solness from Homicide is sent to Hong Kong to track down a man who is the Oslo Police Department's only specialist on serial killings. The severely addicted detective has tried to disappear in the vast, anonymous city. He is on the run and haunted by his last case, the woman he loves, and creditors alike. His name is Harry Hole.



She awoke . Blinked in the pitch darkness. Yawned, and breathed through her nose. She blinked again. Felt a tear run down her face, felt it dissolve the salt of other tears. But saliva was no longer entering her throat; her mouth was dry and hard. Her cheeks were forced out by the pressure from inside. The foreign body in...
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Finalist for the Galaxy National Book Awards International Author of the Year

“If you feel that personal responsibility, cracks in the welfare state and the problems of parenthood are fair game for the crime novel, then Jo Nesbo is your man. . . . If, however, your taste is for tough and gritty narratives with a relentlessly page-turning quality, well . . . Jo Nesbø is still your man. That he is able to combine the urgency of the best storytellers with a keen and intelligent engagement with social issues may well be the reason why Nesbø is shaping up to be the next big name in Scandinavian crime fiction.” The Independent
The Leopard rewards you with a finale as unexpected and thought-provoking as any in recent mystery-fiction memory." San Francisco Chronicle

“A cracking good thriller. . . . Immerse yourself and enjoy the ride.” The Guardian (UK)

“Once you read a Nesbo novel, you’re hooked on this author.” The Chronicle Herald
“If you like Michael Connelly, you’re going to like Jo Nesbø.” ELLE (France)
“Nesbo is a master of grimly fascinating, multi-layered intrigue.” Winnipeg Free Press

"The eighth Harry Hole novel competes with the very best in the genre. The Leopard is a veritable hyperbole of a suspense novel...with an intrigue that both grips and rattles the reader from the very first moment." Dagbladet (Norway)

"Another top-quality crime novel.... Jo Nesbø has once again crafted a linguistic fireworks of a book." Aftenposten (Norway)