The night the first snow falls, a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.
Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears, Harry’s suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game.
For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity. A brilliant thriller with a pace that never lets up, The Snowman confirms Jo Nesbo’s position as an international star of crime fiction.
©2010 Jo Nesbo (P)2010 Random House Audio
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"Harry Hole rides again"
I am steadily working my way through the canon of Jo Nesbo's work and with one or two exceptions, in the order that they were written. Many other reviewers that I have read want to compare Nesbo to Stieg Larson and I agree that there are some similarities; they are both Scandinavian and they both write in a somewhat graphic style that often plumbs the depths of depravity. I confess that having some time ago read The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo trilogy I found the characters in those books had a little more depth than I find in Nesbo's work so that I found it rather easier to relate to them. I'm sure that the narrator does an excellent job of pronunciation with all of the Scandinavian names of the characters but I find it hard to take in the names and I am continually struggling to keep track of just exactly who is who and who is doing or has done what to whom. Consequently, I am continually backtracking so as to remind myself of some of the characters. Of course Harry is the one constant throughout the book and what a marvellous character he is. It would be interesting to know the source of the inspiration for Nesbo when he put together the character for his detective hero. Shades of Morse and Colombo I'm sure are in there somewhere.
I really enjoy Nesbo's work despite the reservations expressed about my difficulty in identifying with the Scandanavian names and I look forward to reading the remainder in the series.
"good murder mystery"
another book I listened to at every opportunity. This is the sort of book you want to keep listening to find out how things are panning out. I didn't predict the outcome (I hate when it is too obvious). A couple of good twists. Will try another book by this author in the future.
Like many people, I finished Stieg Larsson's wonderful Millennium trilogy and came across this book complete with billing of it's author, Jo Nesbø, as "the new Larsson". I'd usually start with the first book of a series but having seen positive reviews I decided to dive in here at the seventh book in the series following Oslo detective Harry Hole. I was very glad I did, finding this to be 'unputdownable' and reaching the end in just three days, including a few later than intended bed times.
The characters in the story are well drawn, the plot is clever and has enough red herrings to surprise even seasoned 'police procedural' readers along the way. The writing is tighter and more concise than Larsson, though there are clear similarities, the most obvious for me being the care Nesbø takes to set Norway and Oslo as key components of the story as Larsson did for Stockholm and Sweden. I did not feel disadvantaged by having skipped the previous novels in the series, though there were details in the story clearly included for continuity. Indeed I am now looking forward to reading more of the Harry Hole series!
All in all, a very enjoyable read, and has established Nesbø for me as an author I will return to, and one who deserves his reputation and should not need any association with Larsson to help book sales.
the best audio book I have ever listen to - a joy to hear Sean Barrett read this fabulous story again and again... worth very penny. If you enjoy a good thriller, like the killing or the the bridge then this if for you. You must read it.
Love the Harry Hole books. He is brilliant,entertaining, you never know what's coming. Shame there aren't more in the series
Really enjoyed this like many other readers on here
Sometimes because I couldnt remember the Norwegian names I got a little confused as to what was happening to whom, and sometimes the plot jumped so quickly to another 'scene' I had to rewind to recapture it, but this didnt take away for me any of the pleasure of this book. I had a sneaking guess about half way through who the killer was but I still found it a riveting end. I kept imaging the actor Ian Glenn in the role as Harry Hole if they made this into a film thats who Id choose to play him! cant wait to read the rest in the series
"Difficulty with narration"
A gripping story but like others (and it could be my age here) I found the names difficult to understand and thus follow. I wasn't sure who was being discussed at times. Shame as it has put me off reading his other titles/
"A bit to predictable"
This is my second Jo Nesbo book. I liked the first one, The Devil’s star, but this one was a bit to predictable. I had not listened to half of it when it was obvious who The Snowman was.
"A gripping and convincing crime thriller"
I bought this book, having enjoyed Headhunters, which was my first experience of Jo Nesbo. As with Headhunters, it's gripping and well-written. In fact, of the two books I preferred The Snowman - there are lots of twist and turns and you just can't help cheering for Harry Hole, as be battles with his various internal and external demons. I've just ordered The Bat and I'm now looking forward to working through Harry's other adventures and learning more about what shaped him into the troubled man we find him to be in The Snowman!
Gripping suspense throughout story, plot thickens before it reveals itself. As a fan of Jo Nesbo this is one not to miss.
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