Thursday, December 26, 2013
The Leopard - Jo Nesbø
Perhaps it was called The Leopard because the enemy was like one. With its feline moves, it observed its prey. The murder weapon in this novel was called Leopord's apple, a little metal ball, which was inserted into the victim's mouth and when activated, it sprung its needles.
Kaja Solness, a Crime Squad officer, tracked down Harry Hole in Hong Kong and brought him back to Oslo, where Harry would investigate the new serial murder case under Kripos (and not Crime Squad like before), led by Mikael Bellman. Kripos started to track the killer after the 3rd victim, a female MP, was found murdered in a public park.
As I mentioned before, The Leopard was a sad story. It was about a son whose own father had wanted to destroy, a son who wanted to revenge his mother's death, a shadow from the past who wanted to revenge his old enemy, a killer who removed every witnesses to secure his wealth, and a lover who loved blindly but received nothing. What wasted lives they had.
In this novel, Harry Hole got a scar on his face on his attempt to escape from the horrible Leopord's apple. In Snowman he lost his middle finger, and now he got a horrible scar.