10 February 2012
Harry Hole: Anti-Hero
I read Jo Nesbø's—I have no idea what the"o" with tilted line running through it sounds like or is called; I pronounce it with a long "o"—The Leopard a couple of days ago. Then I read hisI like the attention to local geography and the occasional reference to some outside influences just to orient the reader to time and place.earlier The Snowman. Both are excellent violent Norwegian murder mysteries. The science is up-to-date, and the characters all seem appropriately dark Scandinavian
My advice is read them in the order they were written because the building suspense is a necessary part of the thrill of reading these gritty police page-turners. And the later Leopard reveals some essential stuff about the Snowman you don't want to know 'til the end.
I like the attention to local geography and the occasional reference to some outside events just to remind the reader that Norway is a place in the real world.
Better than a lot of other similar entries in this genre. The geographic place names remind me of the special emphasis that Ian Fleming used to put on his character's use of well-known brands of shaving lotion and cigarettes and everything else we use in everyday life.
As usual the author gets to give his opinion of a lot of other cultures and the oddities of human nature. Worth reading both but be sure to read them in the right order.
I like the mixture of good and bad in all the main characters, even extending to the police.