The Snowman

Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (trs.)

The Snowman

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. 4.2 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
The Snowman

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Classification Fiction
Genre Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
Format Paperback
Pages 560
RRP £6.99
Date of Publication March 2010
ISBN 978-0099520276
Publisher Vintage
 

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.

Reviews

The Times

Marcel Berlins

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 Nesbø’s The Snowman, I hesitate no longer... 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.

06/03/2010

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The Sunday Times

Joan Smith

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. One of Norway’s most successful crime writers, Jo Nesbo has pulled it off… [A] superb novel, which deserves comparison with the first volume of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy.

14/03/2010

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The Guardian

Laura Wilson

There's a strong, pacey narrative with plenty of gruesome discoveries – never have carrots and lumps of coal been put to such sinister use – and a well-deployed cast of suspects. Deft plotting, strong characterisation, adrenaline-fuelled action sequences and a whole raft of social issues raised along the way make this book a spectacularly good example of how a tried and tested (and often tired) formula can be made exhilarating and fresh.

20/03/2010

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The Independent

Barry Forshaw

[Its] spine-chilling quality evokes the English master of the macabre, MR 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.

05/03/2010

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The Literary Review

Jessica Mann

There is not very much action or even drama, but one follows Hole’s investigations eagerly, because the quality of the writing (and its translation) is so impressive. Technically a policeprocedural, this is a far better novel than that categorisation implies.

01/03/2010

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The Daily Mail

Carla McKay

The Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo is being heavily marketed as the next Stieg Larsson... In fact, Nesbo is not all that reminiscent of Larsson, whose trilogy is a sustained polemic against violence to women and institutionalised corruption (Nesbo only touches on social issues en passant), but his writing does have a similar energy about it which I find lacking in so much Scandinavian crime fiction.

10/08/2010

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