Review – The Leopard (Harry Hole #8) by Jo Nesbo

23355220Once again I am woefully behind on my reviews.  You may see a lot more of the “mini-reviews” coming up to clear the queue.  My hubby prefers the mini versions anyway as they have fewer words and for some reason he thinks that’s a good thing.  Whatever, dude.

The Leopard is the 8th book in this series and Nesbo has still got the goods.  After the events in book 7, Harry fled to Hong Kong where he adds gambling and heroin to his list of addictions.  He is brought back to Oslo to help with another serial-killer investigation.  Well, that’s about all I can give you without risking spoilers so there you have it.

I raced through The Leopard and enjoyed it as much as one can when a book is filled with graphic descriptions of horrible deaths.  Nesbo is getting more creative with each installment.  (Is that a good thing?  I’m not quite sure.  I worry that he is trying to one-up himself and that really can only lead to failure.  Have faith in your writing and the characters you’ve built and you don’t need to take things to such extremes.)

Immediately after reading I rated this one 4/5 stars and I’m sticking with that.  However, for the first time I am having some concerns about the series.  Not only the issue listed above but a couple others.  Harry is, no doubt, a compelling character and I can understand why fictional women are attracted to him.  But…he’s an alcoholic (+) and I’m not sure it makes sense that women are falling all over him both at work and at home.  And, as others have pointed out, how many serial killers has Norway had in its’ history?  Each installment has given us a new one and, again, I’m just not sure that makes sense.  I would rather see Nesbo write a straight-forward murder thriller (a la Tana French) than feel that serial killers are the only way to go since they have become Harry’s specialty.

Listen, even with the quibbles above, I love this series, Nesbo’s writing and Harry.  I’m in for the long haul.

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