Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Most impressive book read by The Bookman in 2010
In the last days of 2010 I read a book that absolutely knocked the stuffing out of me. For three days I couldn’t put it down until finally 614 pages later I finished it in a state of shock. Now I can’t get the characters out of my mind. I am lost somewhere is Oslo.
This was not only the finest and most chilling crime fiction novel read during the year, perhaps for several years actually, this was also the most impressive and gripping fiction of any genre read by me in 2010. Okay so I had read and enjoyed Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, and Lloyd Jones’ first novel since the remarkable Mister Pip, Hand Me Down World, Ransom by David Malouf, all the Man Booker shortlisted titles and a host of other excellent novels but in the end I have to say that they paled in comparison to Jo Nesbo’s The Leopard.
Sadly for those reading this blog The Leopard is not published, in this part of the world anyway, until next month.