The Snowman Paperback – Jan 4 2011
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A New York Times Notable Crime Book of 2011
Finalist for for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Winner of the Norwegian Book Club Prize for Best Novel of the Year
Winner of the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize for Best Novel of the Year
“A book as fathomless as the snow, as luminous and abstract as Beethoven’s Late String Quartets and a very jarring and unique literary experience. It exists on a recognizable plane of propulsive energy undercut with the irony that moulds all kind of fiction, including my own.” James Ellroy
“Every now and then, a truly exceptional crime novel comes along, something so gripping that it recalls classics such as The Silence of the Lambs. Jo Nesbo has pulled it off with The Snowman.” The Sunday Times
"Many authors know how to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Jo Nesbø's one of the few who keeps them there." Linwood Barclay
“The Snowman by Jo Nesbo is relentless. His terrifying transformation of a childhood icon permeated my sleep.” Patti Smith
“Fiendishly complex and terrifically entertaining." The New York Times Book Review
“If you don’t know Nesbo, it’s time to get with it.” USA Today
“Nesbo explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killers where you least expect to find them.... His novels are maddeningly addictive.” Vanity Fair
“A superb thriller. Jo Nesbo is astonishingly good; he knows how to grab you, by the throat and by the heart.” Jeff Abbott
"A masterpiece." Der Spiegel (Germany)
“With Henning Mankell having written his last Wallander novel and Stieg Larsson no longer with us, I have had to make the decision, to my own satisfaction, on whom to confer the title of best current Nordic writer of crime fiction. After finishing Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman, I hesitate no longer. The Norwegian wins. . . . This is crime writing of the highest order, in which the characters are as strong as the story, where an atmosphere of evil permeates, and the tension begins in the first chapter and never lets up.” The Times
“The Snowman is certainly the most disturbing of Nesbo’s books, with a spine-chilling quality that evokes the English master of the macabre, M.R. James. . . . With its tensile-steel narrative grip, this most ambitious of Nesbø’s crime novels banishes any fears that the omniscient serial killer scenario has been exhausted.” The Independent
About the Author
With his ten internationally acclaimed crime novels featuring Detective Harry Hole, Jo Nesbo has achieved an unparalleled success both in his native country Norway and abroad, winning the hearts of critics, booksellers and readers alike. Translated into more than forty languages, awarded a whole range of awards and boasting record-breaking sales, Nesbo has been lavishly praised by international critics for broadening the scope of the contemporary crime novel, and is today regarded as one the best crime writers of our time.
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A woman disappears and a few months earlier Inspector Harry Hole had received a threatening note. He is convinced that their is a connection. Then a second woman disappears. Harry and his detectives soon discover a disturbing tale of women, married with children, who have gone missing without a trace over a chillingly large number of years. The clues will take him down so many false roads that his job is on the line not once, but twice.
This is a thriller that takes off on new twists with the speediness of a whip crack. What's up for one chapter is down the next with reveal after reveal sending the police on the chase of a clever, determined serial killer who is skillfully directing the police to play into the unsub's own mad theatre of his mind.
I've read three of the books in this series so far and this is the most excellent. The red herrings, the false roads which all do connect, in a way, just not the way the police want them to, are an amazing road to follow. Twist after turn will have you gasping as they go after who they think is the killer only to find they have suspicions of someone else ... more than once. I really can't convey how amazingly clever this plot was woven together, with a myriad of clues, characters and evidence Nesbo doesn't miss a step in seamlessly creating an airtight thriller.
Funny thing for me is that I guessed who the killer was as soon as the character was introduced, for no particular reason than I thought it would make perfect sense in the end. (Perhaps I read so many thrillers I'm beginning to think like a thriller writer, either that or a serial killer, AAH!).Read more ›
The best mystery novelists can take us into the depths of human depravity in ways that make them more accessible and understandable . . . which serves to make the experience all the more chilling. Jo Nesbo is a master in this aspect of the genre and Don Bartlett is an exceptionally talented translator who makes The Snowman seem like a novel originally written in English.
The Snowman is the fifth Harry Hole novel to be translated into English, and fans of the series are in for a treat. The book opens with one perspective on how a criminal mind was shaped . . . and then fills in the consequences through a series of crimes and the police investigations.
While the book primarily takes the form of a police procedural, there is enough threat, risk, and exposure to also enjoy the book as a thriller where no one is truly safe.
Ultimately, the book's finest quality is in its careful character developments that leave you with quite a complete sense of the book's major and many of the minor characters. The result is to bring the reader into the story in ways that make the action more gripping.
Unlike a lot of longer police procedurals, this one didn't drag. Mr. Nesbo has a great talent for keeping his story line spare. Even what appear at first to be red herrings serve deeper story needs.
If you haven't read the other Harry Hole books, I don't advise you to start with this one.Read more ›
Here, no action at all costs, no chases in each chapter, but tension rises gradually. We have a sense of failure and a feeling of the horror to come. Harry must investigate the murders of the past in connection with the disappearances of the present time and it takes time. Time during which the danger increases and we feel that something bad is coming but the killer seems quite too smart for Harry and, indeed, he's on the verge of not succeeding. The atmosphere is cold as can be - probably because it's about the first snow (perhaps to read it in July would not have the same impact!) - and adds to the tension and anxiety. As to discover the culprit... beware the obvious!
Harry's struggle not to drink, his efforts and the anger he feels all the time are obviously recurring in the series, but this is what makes him an endearing character (yes, cliché die hard in thrillers!).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I didn't discover Nesbo's books until recently and I'm reading them in a rather random order - non-sequential. They're just as good out of order. Crime and suspense at its best.Published 19 months ago by slowboatin
Good read, kept me intrigued until the end. Typical Jo Nesbo style of writing. I would recommend this book if you like his style of writingPublished on Jan. 25 2014 by Ashnoor Rahim
the book was recommended and it lived up to expectations! I t was a great read; enjoyed it very much.Published on Oct. 17 2013 by Frank A. Pisa
I have always liked the way Nesbo carefully builds a story to a critical point where all the cumulative detail suddenly makes sense. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2013 by Ian Gordon Malcomson
I read one of Nesbo's other books and thought, "what a different angle" and when I saw The Snowman and the reference on the book stating that he is the next Larsson then I was... Read morePublished on April 15 2012 by Flora