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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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    David Seminole, FL, United States 06-27-11
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    "Well worth it - great whodonit."

    This is a great whodonit about a serial killer who likes to leave snowmen in his (or her) wake. The plot seems to get bogged down in minutiae from time to time but most is either essential to the story or serves as red herring. The payoff is well worth the time as this has multiple, satisfying, plausible resolutions. Possibly one of the best pure stories I've ever witnessed, although I can see many complications with the screenplay.

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    Sue Oklahoma City, OK, United States 06-26-11
    Sue Oklahoma City, OK, United States 06-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Entertainment"

    Lots of twists and turns, kept me on my toes. I enjoy books that are unusual and not the same old predictable plot. Just when I thought I had this one figured out it took a 360 degree turn.

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    "Larson it's not"

    I guess we'll have to wait to see if Larson's girlfriend will come up with the 4th edition.

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    Joy Laurel, MD, United States 06-20-11
    Joy Laurel, MD, United States 06-20-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Really Enjoyed It!"

    The one downfall I had was remembering all the names and characters. They are foreign to me so sometimes listening, makes it hard to put all the pieces together. Great book. I would recommend!

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    Atticus North Carolina 06-19-11
    Atticus North Carolina 06-19-11
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    "Chilling but a great read"

    I don't like scary books. I don't like books about violence against women. I don't like drunks. But this is a great book--not, maybe, as good as The Redbreast but very good. His characters are believable, the clues are there for the following. I had this figured out fairly far ahead of time but it didn't matter.

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    Regina 06-12-11
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    "perfect thriller"

    I'm half way through and can't stop listening! I'm just glad it's an audio book so that I can do other things around the house during my weekend listening marathon. By the way, Michael Connelly???s endorsement is what got me to buy this first Nesbo book too (both now among my favorites writers).

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    Mary 06-10-11
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    This is well written and well read. It is definitely different, which I found refreshing.

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    Cheryl RICHMOND, CA, United States 06-08-11
    Cheryl RICHMOND, CA, United States 06-08-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Great!!!"

    Great mystery thriller...second Jo Nesbo book read...good competitor to Stieg Larssen's style...l love the British narrator..

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    Francesca walnut creek, CA, United States 06-06-11
    Francesca walnut creek, CA, United States 06-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    The writing and narration are of a high standard. My only complaint is that I was able to guess where the plot was leading a little too easily.

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    ZAC St Charles, IL, United States 06-02-11
    ZAC St Charles, IL, United States 06-02-11
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    "Seemingly good story but poor narration"

    The story seemed to be good but was very confusing as the narrator basically had two voices - one slightly higher pitch reserved for all female characters and one deeper voice for the male characters.
    Since this book involves a vast number of characters, this quickly became confusing.

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