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The snowman / Jo Nesbø ; translated by Don Bartlett.
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- Language: English
- Publication Information: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
- Publication Date: 2011
- Physical Description: p.383
- Publication Type: Book
- Document Type: Fiction
- Subject Terms: Hole, Harry (Fictitious character); Police -- Norway -- Oslo -- Fiction; Women -- Crimes against -- Fiction; Serial murder investigation -- Fiction; FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General; Mystery fiction
Booklist Reviews 2011 March #1
*Starred Review* At the beginning of Nesbø's latest Harry Hole novel, the Oslo police inspector is mostly sober and single, following his breakup with girlfriend Rakel. In the months since the events described in The Devil's Star (2010), he has devoted all his energy to work and exercise, indulging in cross-country runs and hours practicing speed cuffing, a skill he learned from Americans at a training program on serial killers. Late one night in November, during the first snow of the season, a young mother goes missing, leaving her son alone in the house. The only clue is a freshly built snowman. As Harry investigates, he becomes convinced that he is tracking a serial killer, but except for his new assistant, Katrine, his colleagues think he's obsessed and possibly losing it yet again. A recent transfer from Bergen, Katrine intrigues Harry. The reader is equally curious but for different reasons, as Nesbø makes it clear (but oh, so subtly) that something is not quite right about her, despite her excellent detective work. This is among the best entries in Nesbø's consistently superior series. He layers the suspense skillfully, deftly mixing scenes from the investigation with glimpses into Harry's always compelling personal life. Series readers will be pleased that Harry maintains a friendly relationship with Rakel and her son, Oleg. The Snowman is a great place for new readers to meet Norway's maverick detective. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2010 December #1
After his mother disappears, young Jonas finds a snowman on the lawn with her pink scarf about its neck. Other women vanish into Oslo's frigid air, and police investigator Harry Hole finds himself driven to the brink by a particularly dexterous and menacing killer. A Glass Key award winner who has helped put Scandinavian crime fiction on top (five million copies of his books have been sold worldwide), Nesbø here switches to a new American publisher—the very one that gave us Stieg Larsson. Essential for thriller collections; with a six-city tour.[Page 86]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
LJ Reviews 2011 April #1
Norwegian detective Harry Hole is in a quandary—he's an expert on serial killers in a country that prides itself on not having any. Yet women are being murdered on the day of the first snowfall, their bodies enmeshed with or guarded by eerily watchful snowmen. Hole has to convince his peers that the murders are the work of a serial killer, so he tracks The Snowman. But soon questions arise—who is stalking whom? And for what purpose? Nesbø (The Devil's Star; Nemesis; The Redbreast) is also a musician and composer. His latest thriller reads like a symphony, from the thundering first chords that pull the reader into a magical world through the delicately enticing development in which motifs and story strands are woven together leading to a pounding, furious conclusion. VERDICT Nesbø is being hailed as the next Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell; this work is being compared to Peter Høeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow, among others. Apt comparisons, but they don't go far enough. This is simply the best detective novel this reviewer has read in years. [See Prepub Alert, 11/1/10; 150,000-copy first printing; six-city tour.]—David Clendinning, West Virginia State Univ. Lib., Institute[Page 83]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2011 March #4
In this chilling installment in Nesbø's Insp. Harry Hole crime series (The Devil's Star, etc.), a snowman left in the front yard of Birte Becker's Oslo house is the only clue to the woman's disappearance. When Sylvia Ottersen disappears from her farmhouse soon afterward, the snowman the killer leaves behind has a gruesome addition: Sylvia's severed head. Harry, aided by Katrine Bratt, a brash new member of his team with secrets of her own, combs through past missing person cases, looking for other victims of the killer now dubbed the Snowman. Several months earlier, Harry received an anonymous letter referring to both snowmen and the Australian serial killer he'd pursued early in his career. What appeared random and bizarre then now takes on new meaning as Harry realizes the killer is taunting him. Nesbø breathes new life into the serial killer subgenre, giving it a Norwegian twist and never losing his laconic hero in the process. 150,000 first printing; 6-city author tour. (May)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC
On the plus side: excellent plot twists and frighteningly devious criminal mind On the minus side: too many characters to keep straight and cringeworthy descriptions of lust and sex (fortunately not too many) Pretty original Scandanavian crime thriller.
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. Around its neck is his mother''s pink scarf. A case complicated by subsequent abductions and a menacing letter, detective Harry Hole investigates the woman''s disappearance .
Harry Hole, a homicide detective has his hands full with a serial killer whose calling card happens to be deformed snowmen, left at the scene of the crime. Hole’s investigation leads him around Norway in urban areas and rural areas searching for a link among the victims and possible motives for the killings. The suspects are numerous leaving Harry with more questions than answers. Nesbo’s character is multi-layered as he battles a bad press/media relationship, a difficult divorce, age, and alcohol abuse—everything we love in good detectives! Readers will be pulled forward through the novel with major twists and turns, this one has a little bit of a shock in the climax, and everyone will leave this novel wanting more with Harry Hole. Readers who like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the television series, The Killing will enjoy.
Don't be fooled - just when you think you know who did it, this author takes you down another path. And another. Great mystery set in frosty Norway.