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The Leopard (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Jo Nesbo

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Title:The Leopard
Authors:Jo Nesbo
Info:Vintage Digital (2011), Kindle Edition, 628 pages
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So tief unten war Harry Hole noch nie. Gestrandet in Hongkong, die Nächte in einer Massenunterkunft für Gastarbeiter verbringend, den Geistern der Vergangenheit diesmal mit Opium statt Alkohol entfliehend und auf der Flucht vor den Triaden denen er Geld schuldet. Doch seiner neuen Kollegin Kaja Solness gelingt es, ihn zurück nach Norwegen zu bringen: doch nicht, weil das Morddezernat seine Hilfe braucht, sondern weil sein Vater im Sterben liegt. Und weil er dann schon mal da ist... Die zwei ungeklärten Mordfälle, wegen deren man ihn um Hilfe gebeten hat, erregen seine Neugier und als während seines Aufenthaltes eine dritte Person stirbt, ist sein Interesse geweckt. Als ob diese Todesfälle nicht anspruchsvoll genug wären, findet er sich zudem inmitten des Polizeiapparates in einer weiteren Kampfzone bzw. einem Intrigenspiel wieder: Morddezernat und Kriminalamt ringen jeweils um die alleinige Kompetenz für die Aufklärung von Mordermittlungen - und er spielt dabei eine entscheidende Rolle.
Wie auch in seinen bisherigen Büchern (zumindest in den zweien, die ich bisher (leider erst) gelesen habe), ist nichts so wie es scheint, was insbesondere auf die handelnden Personen zutrifft. Immer wieder führt Nesbø vor, wie schnell man sich von Äußerlichkeiten blenden lässt, selbst Harry ist nicht immer dagegen gefeiht. Man fällt von einer Überraschung in die nächste und sogar als man sicher zu sein scheint, die Lösung zu kennen, gelingt es dem Autor noch weitere 150 Seiten Leserinnen und Leser an das Buch zu fesseln. Es sind häufig sehr extreme Wendungen, aber dennoch ist der Verlauf im Nachhinein durchweg in sich schlüssig.
Nesbø schreibt detailliert und anschaulich, wie beispielsweise die Aufenthalte Holes im Kongo oder das Lawinenunglück. Für nicht so blutrünstige Lesende vielleicht etwas zu anschaulich, denn die Darstellungen der unterschiedlichen Todesarten sind teilweise schon heftige Kost. Kein Buch für schwache Gemüter.
Alles in allem beste Thrillerunterhaltung für mehrere Stunden - am besten am Wochenende! Denn man wird sich schwer damit tun, das Buch vor dem Ende aus der Hand zu legen.
Eine Anmerkung noch zum Schluss: Wie der deutsche Verlag auf diesen Titel kam, ist mir (fast) ein Rätsel. Es gibt lediglich einen Absatz im Buch zu diesem Tier (S. 206) und er passt weder auf Harry noch den Täter. Der norwegische Titel Panzerherz wäre deutlich stimmiger gewesen. ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
Creepy, but good. ( )
  cotner | Oct 27, 2014 |
I have managed to read these books all in the wrong order. This was very readable and I enjoyed it, although some of the violence and descriptions of the murder victims is quite strong. I don't really know what I'm going to do about reading the rest of them as I wanted to read The Snowman but this book told me who did it! ( )
  cathymoore | Sep 2, 2014 |
Following the traumatic closure in his last case, Harry Hole resigns from the Crime Squad and leaves Norway. He's found in Hong Kong rather the worse for the wear. Facing new demons, he returns to Norway, is pulled into an undercover investigation into a case of gruesome multiple murders, finds himself a pawn in political feuding between the Crime Squad and Kripos, has to deal with a betrayal and struggles to cope with a personal crisis.

Traversing between the Congo and Norway, Harry's investigations uncovers a a torture tool that may have been purchased in the Congo and smuggled into Norway, used in some of the murders. When he suspects a group of vacationers in a ski cabin of being the targets for the serial killer, he races to uncover the identify of the other guests at the cabin before the killer strikes again. He even pays a visit to an old foe in an attempt to understand the motive behind the killings.

Trying to stay one step ahead of the killer and his new nemesis at work, Harry falls prey to the lure of alcohol once more. When he becomes a target for the killer himself, he realizes he is has nobody but himself to rely on and that time is running out. ( )
  cameling | Aug 14, 2014 |
Hated it. Suspected that I might not like it by the third or fourth page, but kept reading, figuring that it must get better because I'd heard so much about it. Nope. Finally stopped reading. Ugly crimes, unsympathetic characters. Not how I want to spend my time. ( )
  joyceclark | Jul 16, 2014 |
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The Leopard, the sixth Harry Hole thriller (in English – but actually the eight in the Harry Hole series) by the internationally acclaimed Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo is outstanding. The plot twists and curls, and Harry Hole, an extraordinarily interesting man, becomes more and more fascinating. It is a joy to follow him as he out-foxes bosses and colleagues, alienates people left and right in the police force, and doles out justice Hole-style. The Leopard is a top notch, painfully suspenseful crime fiction, and quite possibly Jo Nesbo’s best. It’s a thick brick of a book, but far too short. I loved it. I am certain The Leopard is one of the best crime fiction books of 2011!

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“She couldn’t hear anything, but she could sense a presence. Like a leopard. Someone had told her leopards made so little noise they could sneak right up to their prey in the dark. They could regulate their breathing so that it was in tune with yours. Could hold their breath when you held yours.”
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De politie van Oslo staat voor een raadsel. Er zijn twee vrouwenlichamen gevonden, ze blijken verdronken in hun eigen bloed en hun gezichten zijn verminkt. Bizar detail is dat de verwondingen van binnenuit lijken te zijn gemaakt. Er is maar één man die bij deze zaak zou kunnen helpen, maar hij lijkt van de aardbodem verdwenen. Kaja Solness van de afdeling Moordzaken wordt op de zaak gezet en belandt bij haar zoektocht naar de verdwenen ex-commissaris in Hong-Kong. Hij blijkt op de vlucht voor de gevolgen van zijn laatste zaak, voor de vrouw die van hem houdt en voor zijn schuldeisers. Zijn is Harry Hole.

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At the end of his previous thriller, The Snowman, Jo Nesbo's Inspector Harry Hole was a ravaged mess. At the start of The Leopard, we find Hole hiding away from the world, smoking opium in the squalor of Hong Kong's back alleys. A pretty young police officer drags him reluctantly back to Norway to pursue another serial killer, this one more twisted and vicious than the Snowman.… (more)

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