This was for me an OK holiday book, but seriously flawed by the overly contrived set up of the final murder attempt and, more significantly, the obvious clue about 1/3 of the way through that isn't followed up.
Avoiding spoilers as best I can, someone calls Hole about a poison - and he then laboriously works out how it was adminstered. His conclusion about that means the earlier conversation points directly to the killer. Soooo obvious.
He also asks himself how the Snowman disposes of the bodies - which is pretty clear if you consider the available opportunity to one character.
Still... not a bad read overall but I can't see the connection with Larsson (apart from vague geography).
Can't agree with this at all. JO Nesbo books are original, imaginative and compelling reading. Harry Hole is a terrific and popular character as epitomized by the sales of his books. Start at the beginning (The Redbreast) and continue to his latest -The Leopard and you'll be hooked. I agree that comparisons to Steig Larsson are futile - it does no service to either authors.
I mean really?! I've just read Headhunters and it is appalling: the plot is laboured, conceited; the characters without character - I wouldn't even say they were ciphers. On top of this, no sense of place at all. I do realise you cannot argue either with popularity or success but I do find it depressing that people are entertained by this sort of writing.