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 ...
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 Snowman", "The Leopard" is an international phenomenon that will grip you until the final page.
Exceptional plot development, collage and description of locations, continuing to expand the relationship of the tormento mind of Harry Hole with his detective role; besides presenting
a new very frightening villain with shocking ways of murder. Beyond thrilling.
Jan 24, 2013
too many twists
Too many twists and turns in this story. Too many little incidents you need to recall 100 pages after they appear. I thought the ending came at least two times before the last page.
Jun 28, 2012
Good Novel, But , , ,
Nesbo's novel is well-written, engrossing at times, but not a book I would recommend as "necessary" reading.
Jun 1, 2012
This is now my 6th Harry Hole in a row. I can't stop and fortunately there is a 7th already published in English as my Norwegian is nonexistent!
Jan 14, 2012
Not a disappointment
Liked it as much as previous Harry Hole novels--was not disappointed
Publishers Weekly, 2011-11-07 In Nesbo's outstanding follow-up to The Snowman (May 2011), Insp. Harry Hole reluctantly agrees to return home from Hong Kong, where he's been hiding out for months, after an Oslo Crime Squad colleague tells him his father is in the hospital. Considered an expert after catching the serial killer known as the Snowman, Harry is marginally intrigued by the possibility of another serial killer loose in Oslo. Back in Norway, little links two murdered women except the unusual stab wounds in their mouths. When a mid-level politician's body is discovered in a possible suicide that's soon dubbed murder, Hole realizes a single killer is at work and not yet done. Nesbo moves the action easily from Hong Kong to Norway, with side trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo, without ever losing the plot's sense of urgency. Hole, put through the emotional wringer in The Snowman, doesn't get much of a reprieve in this intense outing. By the end, he's ready to concede that what he most wants is "an armored heart." (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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