The Snowman: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 5)

by Jo Nesbo translated by Don Bartlett

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.

A brilliant thriller with a pace that never lets up, The Snowman confirms Jo Nesbø's position as an international star of crime fiction.

Reviews

‘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
‘Hole is all a fictional detective should be ...each scene is succinct, dovetails with another, shifts the reader's perspective, and keeps the pace fast and interesting ... he ensures his readers keep turning the page to read more.’
Times Literary Supplement
‘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 never lets up’
Marcel Berlins - The Times
‘With his fury at official corruption, and reckless brutal integrity, this rebel Oslo cop looks well placed to secure the loyalty of Stieg Larsson fans’
Boyd Tonkin - Independent
‘Nesbø is shaping up to be the next big name in Scandinavian crime fiction, now that Mankell is on the point of retiring and Stieg Larsson is hors de combat’
Barry Forshaw - Independent
‘Everything zips along, with some excellent red herrings in a tight plot...Nesbo keeps you turning the pages and if your idea of the perfect crime novel is to see Inspector Rebus investigating killings from The Silence of the Lambs, you'll love this’
The Times

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