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  • Published: 10 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446466360
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 19 hr 41 min
  • Narrator: Sean Barrett
  • RRP: $24.99

The Leopard

The twist-filled eighth Harry Hole novel from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller

A heart-stopping thriller from the international star the Independent has called 'The next Stieg Larsson'.

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 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. 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 a third victim 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.

A heart-stopping thriller from the bestselling author of the The Snowman, The Leopard is an international phenomenon that will grip you until the final page.

  • Published: 10 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446466360
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 19 hr 41 min
  • Narrator: Sean Barrett
  • RRP: $24.99

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About the author

Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son, The Thirst and Knife all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He’s an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 45 million copies around the world.

Before becoming a crime writer, Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di Derre (‘Them There’). They topped the charts in Norway, but Nesbo continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat.

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Praise for The Leopard

Comparisons with Stieg Larsson have been made, but Nesbo's plots move quickly, carry more punch, and really do keep you guessing to the final page

Daily Mirror

A cracking good thriller...that will keep you gripped to the last page


Outstanding... Probably the best big crime novel you could lay your hands on this year

BBC Radio 4

Nesbo's novels keep going when you think there can't be any more twists to follow. Scenes switch from the avalanche-threatened ravines and mountain cabins of back-country Norway, close to oil-rich Stavanger and metropolitan Oslo, to an active volcano in Africa

Times Literary Supplement

Original Norwegian noir...absorbing

Tom Huddleston, Time Out

So is The Leopard as good as The Snowman? In my opinion it's better. More layered with more suspicious characters, red-herrings and locations than ever before

Eurocrime blog

Will keep you guessing until last page


The Leopard once again proves his undoubted talents for crime fiction with a Scandinavian setting

Press Association

If you like detective fiction, you'll love this

Irish Independent

Nesbo is such a terrific action writer

Daily Telegraph

Jo Nesbo is the latest buzz word in crime writing


A meaty and ambitious novel that fully justifies the cover's claim that Nesbo is the most credible contender to inherit the mantle of 'the next Stieg Larsson'

Irish Independent

A nice fat page-turning thriller

Nicholas Bagnall, Telegraph

Gruesome and compelling

Evening Standard

Norwegian star Jo Nesbo has obliterated most of his Scandinavian rivals in the bestseller stakes, with The Leopard published in paperback this week... The uncrowned king of Norwegian crime fiction is Jo Nesbo. Books such as The Redbreast (2000) and his imposing novel The Snowman have propelled Nesbo to the heights. Apart from its narrative finesse, his work also provides a coolly objective guide to fluctuations in Norwegian society. There is also a universal feeling that his work is more strikingly individual than that of most of his Scandinavian colleagues... Harry is a lone wolf, a chronic alcoholic separated from his wife and child but in touch with the zeitgeist of his country. And Nesbo gives us a sharp picture of Norwegian society in flux, crammed with relevant detail - as you might expect from an ex-freelance journalist, particularly where the role of the media is described

Barry Forshaw, Independent

Nesbo has a skill for dispatching his victims with increasing inventiveness, and he barely lets you draw breath before delivering a virtuoso torture and death scene in the opening chapter


The plot is intriguing, and Nesbo's writing is as taught as ever

Sunday Times

It's fascinating to discover, from the incident details, what it is like to live for much of the time in a world under snow... Nesbo writes beautifully

Jessica Mann, Literary Review

There are passages [which are] so anatomically gruesome...that they can only be properly read through the gaps between protecting fingers


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