Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Leopard-Jo Nesbo

The Leopard

Jo Nesbo

Knopf, Dec 13 2011, $26.95

ISBN: 9780307595874

Following the harrowing serial killer case of The Snowman, Oslo Police Inspector Harry Hole fled to Hong Kong suffering from PTSD made worse by his debt. However, back home in Norway, two women are found dead with no apparent connection except each received multiple needle wounds inside their mouths and eyes reaching the brain. Oslo Homicide Detective Kaja Solness travels to Hong Kong to bring home the serial killer expert Hole who has the notorious reputation for thinking like a sadistic psychopath thanks to his success. He has a second reason to return to Norway as his father has been hospitalized.

Although preferring to breath in the smog form China and smoke opium to dull his brain, reluctantly Hole goes back to Oslo to visit his dad and investigate the murders. The case officially goes serial when a politician is killed though that death initially looked like a suicide. Not remotely recovered from the Snowman, Hole finds clues to odious trafficking in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The latest Hole police procedural has the damaged cop working another mentally debilitation serial killer case. As always in a Hole homicide, Jo Nesbo deftly incorporates within the framework of the mystery scathing look at acceptable societal values. However what makes the Hole thrillers one of the best of the Scandinavian noir is that hooked readers believe the bad guy might win the deadly chess match.

Harriet Klausner

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