Tina Jordan
April 11, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Eye of the Leopard

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Henning Mankell
publisher
New Press
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it an B

In Henning Mankell’s The Eye of the Leopard, Hans Olofson’s life is told in alternating chapters — from his unhappy Swedish childhood to his years at a Zambian mission station — against the backdrop of a gruesome African revolution.

Movie Pitch
Viggo Mortensen’s sultry broodiness makes him a shoo-in to play Hans.

Lowdown
There’s not much mystery here, just heart-stopping tension as Olofson’s story unspools — and as murderous bands of rebels clad in leopard skins roam the Zambian countryside. B

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