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The Snowman | [Jo Nesbø]

The Snowman

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....
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Publisher's Summary

Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.

Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised - and constantly revised - by the killer.

Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.

©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio

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“Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero.” (Michael Connelly)

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    Anita Riegelsville, PA, United States 05-20-11
    Anita Riegelsville, PA, United States 05-20-11
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    "many layered thriller"

    Excellent story telling. Great narration. I love Michael Connelly's books, and his reccomendation of this author contributed to my decision to buy The Snowman. The story is complicated - full of twists and unexpected turns. Characters have a lot of depth. I'll listen to more Jo Nesbo.

    38 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    stl1111 La Grande, OR, United States 05-22-11
    stl1111 La Grande, OR, United States 05-22-11 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Book"

    REALLY liked this book! I've been looking for a good mystery and have struck out with several of my recent purchases. Not so with The Snowman. Good narration, interesting characters, complicated and well developed plot. My first Nesbo book, but won't be my last.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Ann United States 06-01-11
    Ann United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2010

    Seeking the Truth

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    "Exceptional thriller, excellent narrator"

    The first 15 minutes or so of this audiobook seemed so slow and awkward that I almost put it aside without finishing it; what a huge mistake that would have been! The Snowman is one of the best mystery/thrillers published in a long time. Nesbo's writing is succinct, yet, at the same time, very expressive. The characters are well-defined and clearly fit into the theme of the story. The narrator, who I had initially thought was boring, makes the characters come alive; his diction is superb, and he's definitely one of the best in the business. Do listen to The Snowman; you'll be glad you did!

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Lockport, NY, United States 06-01-11
    Richard Lockport, NY, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excelllent WHODUNIT"

    My guess is that the peoples of scandinavian countries either have a lot of time on their hands or are just essentially deep thinkers. This book is a fine example. Well written, and well read, I thought I had it scoped out but it surely took twists and turns I never anticipated. I found it riveting and often found myself at a destination, killing time to find a good place to stop listening.
    Even though murder mysteries are not my primary favorite genre, I will be looking for Jo Nesbo again and will pickup whatever he writes.
    In short: excellent in every way.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 10-14-13
    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 10-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Nesbo is the Cat and I am The Mouse"

    This is the best I've experienced of an excellent Harry Hole series. I know Nesbo is toying with me by bringing in so many possibilities as to who is really the Snowman. It is a very difficult case for Harry and I can see so many escape routes to naming the evil villain. But, just like the cat who lets the mouse think he is home free, Nesbo in one swoop cuts off each promising avenue after I've committed to it. What a game of cat and mouse - and I'm loving it!

    It was interesting to view some suspects and the actual murderer from Harry's perspective and then have a pause in the investigation to get a back story from their viewpoint.

    The ending for this yarn takes you on a roller coaster ride of suspense. Be prepared to be immersed into a top notch detective story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 10-01-11
    Sarah 10-01-11

    I'm a 60 yr old former English major and grad student. It's been fascinating revisiting the books I studied in my 20s, read aloud to me.

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    "Horrifying! but great!"

    I am not a reader of mysteries or crime novels but so enjoyed the Stieg Larsson movies (the Swedish versions), the Icelandic crime thriller Jar City, and the Wallender detective stories on BBC (with Kenneth Branagh) that I thought I'd try another Nordic crime writer. Jo Nesbo is fantastic! This guy can really put together a thrilling plot, full of horrifying twists and turns and normal-seeming characters who turn into monsters. I actually took this audiobook in from my car four nights in a row so I could continue listening through headphones at night because I couldn't put it down when my drive home from work was over. BAD idea! I had trouble sleeping and kept imagining I was hearing things in my house in the dark. I will definitely listen to some more Jo Nesbo novels. I've also put Nordic crime writers Camilla Lackberg and Lars Kepler in my queue on Audible. If they ever go on the $4.95 sale I'll buy a bunch! Highly recommended, but only for daytime listening. A comment on the narrator: his thick English accented voice took some getting used to for this American listener, but my ear adapted within an hour and I had no more trouble understanding him. But he had a creepy very low voice that he used for the worst parts of this story which was absolutely terrifying to hear late at night.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Spring Branch, TX, United States 12-26-11
    Paul Spring Branch, TX, United States 12-26-11
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    "Almost Quit Nesbo"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I almost quit Nesbo after I listened to The Devil's Star and The Redbreast. But in The Snowman, Nesbo rolled up the characters and placed the delicately intriguing plot lines one on top of the other. Nesbo then chose pebbles of shocking crime scenes and a serial killer with patience and intelligence to form a mouth and eyes. Then comes the carrot...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense built steadily, even through the times where the characters thought the killer was identified. I was never able to relax, nor did I want to.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    The driven and tormented Katrina Brat.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The stalking and murder of the woman who cut off the chicken heads. I cannot remember her name. The description of the forest and the stream, the taste of the cold water, made me turn up the heater. I made the last, desperate throw of the ax with her.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are broken and haunted. Even the children are wounded. The hero's struggle through their wounds, the villains wear their wounds like a crown.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-02-11
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "great, spooky crime thriller"

    This was a great story, spooky, the kind that gives you chills when listening at night all alone. I'd never heard of Jo Nesbo and was surprised that Jo is a guy, a Norwegian. It was a riveting thriller, a page turner, the kind you can't put down. I'll look forward to my next Nesbo!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Reston, Virginia 06-29-11
    Jean Reston, Virginia 06-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Wow!"

    What a story and wowie zowie ending! This one requires patience and discipline, but so worth it. As with Larsen's books the names are gonna throw you. I advised a friend just starting it to jot down the names phonetically and who they are as he goes along - a little hard to do when you're jogging! Our American ears just can't compute names that are So foreign that we can't visualize. A thought: Audible could include a cast of characters with the download? Anyway, a fabulous listen.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Irvine, CA, United States 05-22-11
    Frederick Irvine, CA, United States 05-22-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Story -- Narration a Little Off"

    This is a first rate thriller. The characters are all well defined and the antagonist suitably evil. I know there will be comparisons to the Millenium series, which is a bit unfortunate because the only comparisons are the geography and genre. Just plain excellent. I had to ding it a "star" only because of the narration. The narrator has a great voice but sometimes speaks far too fast and I miss several words and his patrician accent is difficult for a born and raised Californian.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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