The Leopard by Jo Nesbo

The Leopard

The Leopard is a crime novel by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo and the eighth book in the Harry Hole series. The story follows Harry Hole, who is brought back from his self-destructive spiral in Asia to investigate a serial killer case in Norway. The killer’s modus operandi involves murdering women in identical circumstances, and Harry finds himself at the center of the investigation despite his reluctance to get involved.

The book is not only a gripping crime thriller but also explores themes of loyalty, fathers and sons, and personal growth. Harry’s relationship with his father is a significant aspect of the story, adding a touching layer to the plot.

The Leopard is a well-written and enjoyable read, with several twists and turns that keep the reader on the edge of their seat. However, it contains significant amounts of violence, and some scenes may be disturbing for some readers.

What I Liked

The writing, plot, and character development are all right on. I’m a big fan of Scandinavian fiction (ever since Girl with The Dragon Tattoo). I don’t know what about it resonates, but it’s good crime fiction.

What I Did Not Like

Like Murakami, Nesbo’s work is super-dark and really strange. It’s not horror or shock fiction or anything. It’s pretty straightforward crime fiction, but it’s weird…so even though I like the books, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend them to just anyone.

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