The Leopard (Harry Hole, #8)The Leopard by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Because I am swamped with finishing my next Shannara book (for 2014) and reading the galley proofs for Witch Wraith, I have not read a whole slew of fantasy books, both adult and young adult, that I am anxious to get to. Also, I am holding off on Shawn until I can get a running start! (Just kidding – I will review his book THE DARK THORN next month or the one after).

So let me recommend Jo Nesbo to you. Any of his books are wonderful, but I just finished The Leopard (probably #8 or so in his series), so I will comment on that. His books feature Harry Hole (pronounced ‘Huule’) as an inspector in a fictional Norwegian police force. Harry drinks too much and broods constantly, but he is a specialist on serial killers and is constantly being dragged back into new cases even when he wants out. His personal life is a mess, too. But the writing is first rate, the stories compelling, and the plot twists always catch me off guard. You might think about trying one. The Red Breast is the first in the set, but they can be read out of order.

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