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

In the depths of winter, two young women are found dead, both drowned in their own blood. Inspector Harry Hole, deeply traumatised by an investigation that threatened the lives of those he holds most dear, initially wants nothing to do with the case but his instincts take over when a prominent MP is found brutally murdered. 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 the same isolated mountain hostel. And someone is picking off the guests, one by one...


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

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

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


A cracking good thriller


Original Norwegian noir...absorbing

Tom Huddleston, Time Out

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

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

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

gruesome and compelling'

The Scotsman

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  • Paperback


    December 1, 2011


    752 pages

    RRP $27.00

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    March 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    752 pages

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