It’s The Leopard, out as an unabridged audiobook on CD from Random House Audio. That’s from Jo NesbÃ¸, read by Robin Sachs. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
When The Leopard was awarded the Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award in 2009 for Best Crime Novel of the Year, the judges wrote: “Jo NesbÃ¸ has, with the anarchistic and alcoholic Harry Hole, revitalized the classic Chandler-esque investigator, who with self-destructive honesty gets in with the ladies and out with nearly everyone else. Especially serial killers and superiors. The Leopard is the latest example of Jo NesbÃ¸’s exceptionally skillful and persistent writing.” In January, 2011, The Leopard landed at #1 on the official UK hardcover fiction chart, making it the second translated book ever to reach that pinnacle. Now The Leopard is poised to become NesbÃ¸’s most widely read novel on these shores as well. It opens with the murder of two young women in Oslo. They both drowned in their own blood, and they both had twenty-four puncture wounds to the face. There are no clues at the crime scenes, the media coverage is fast reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There’s only one man who they believe can help them–their only specialist in serial murders–and he doesn’t want to be found. Deeply traumatized by his last investigation, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong’s opium dens. Yet, when circumstances compel him to return to Oslo–his father is seriously ill–his instincts quickly take over: the brutal murder of an MP convinces him to take the case. And while the victims appear completely unconnected to one another, it’s not long before Harry makes a vital discovery: they all shared a night in an isolated mountain hostel–and the murderer is picking off the guests one by one.
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