The Snowman

The Snowman

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One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day.
Inspector Harry Hole suspects a link between the missing woman and a suspicious letter he's received. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished--all on the day of the first snow. But this is a killer who makes his own rules... and he'll break his pattern just to keep the game interesting, as he draws Harry ever closer into his twisted web.
With brilliantly realized characters and hair-raising suspense, international bestselling author Jo Nesb#65533; presents his most chilling case yet--one that will test Harry Hole to the very limits of his sanity.


Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780307358660
Branch Call Number: M NES
Characteristics: 454 p. :,map ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don


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Dec 18, 2013

The Snowman is a contemporary, gritty detective novel that follows a serial killer's gruesome crimes, and Inspector Harry Hole's attempt to stop them. It was interesting to see crime drama from a non-American perspective. The story was both grittier in language and sexual references than most American stories I've read, and (interestingly, to me) featured a hero who wasn't very heroic.

It isn't just that Harry Hole is a (barely) recovering alcoholic, with poor social skills and good instincts. It's that he doesn't figure everything out. He makes mistakes- major ones, repeatedly. He follows the clues and his gut, and even when we the audience know he's wrong...he's still just an Inspector.

And because I love realistically flawed characters, I was entertained (albeit frustrated) by his leaping to conclusions, missing clues, and general assumptions. I also got the distinct impression that Norway is tiny and not used to crime of any kind.

If you enjoy creepy crime novels, especially serial killer novels that will have you guessing whodunnit until the last 5 chapters of the book or so, you'll want to read this one. And you don't need to be familiar with Nesbo's other books to jump in, or understand Harry.
But you probably shouldn't build any snowmen while reading it.

Nov 15, 2011

Great book. Incredibly intriguing and a great read. It makes you think and try to solve the mystery before the end came up.

martyanne Sep 19, 2011

Suspenseful, page-turner! One of a series of "Harry Hole" detective novels. Author Jo Nesbo has recieved the Glass Key award for best Nordic crime novel, "previously awarded to Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell." Take that to mean, if you loved Stieg Larsson's series, you should check out Jo Nesbo!

nutty7688 Sep 11, 2011

Well written, and the suspect was a surprise. The ending was not the greatest of Jo Nesbo, but kept me interested.

Jul 06, 2011

This book is so-so. The guy can write but I think he just writes too much. He has many intricate layers to his story but after a while I thought - just get to the point. Knew who the killer was almost as soon as he was introduced. Flipped through the last 75 pages or so just to make sure I was correct about the killer. I was.

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