The Leopard

Mordant Oslo police inspector Harry Hole returns from exile in Hong Kong to his old Nordic stomping grounds to track down a serial killer who drowns his victims in their own blood. Chilling brutality and suspenseful cat-and-mouse games reign in Jo Nesbø's follow-up to The Snowman, even during a side trip to sunny Africa.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…