"Hole's how a fictional detective should be, each scene is succinct,shifts the reader's perspective, keeps the pace fast, interesting. --Times Literary Supplement
"Nesbo handles the tension with aplomb" --Metro
`... the quality of the writing (and its translation) is so impressive.' -- Literary Review
`... this most ambitious of Nesbo's crime novels banishes any fears that the omniscient serial killer scenario has been exhausted.' -- Independent
`... [Jo Nesbo is the] best current Nordic writer of crime fiction... This is crime writing of the highest order.'
-- The Times
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 Nesbø has pulled it off with The Snowman... This latest novel to be translated into English establishes him as a writer of rare ingenuity and total confidence... This superb novel... deserves comparison with the first volume of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. --Sunday Times
"Nesbo gradually tightens the narrative grip until, throughout the last 100 pages, the reader also finds it hard to breathe" --Evening Standard
"...this latest novel to be translated into English establishes him as a writer of rare ingenuity and total confidence..." --Sunday Times
'Nesbø's plotting and pared-back prose style... keeping the reader hooked as he ramps up the action to a gripping climax.'
--The Big Issue
THE SNOWMAN is a complex, intellectually satisfying plot with many twists... Do yourself a favour and read it
"my crime fiction book of the year so far"
`Readers wondering where to turn after finishing Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy would be well advised to give Jo Nesbo a try.'
The first snowfall in Oslo brings a series of gruesome murders, and Harry Hole is pitted against a brutal killer who will drive him to the edge.
From the Inside Flap
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 mothers 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 Harrys 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 Nesbøs position as an international star of crime fiction.
From the Back Cover
This is chilling, spectacular stuff, and anyone looking for serious, and seriously compelling, crime writing need look no further. Mark Billingham Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero. Michael Connelly Nesbø is in a class of his own. Evening Standard
About the Author
Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson). The Snowman is the fifth of Nesbø's novels to be translated into English. Check out www.jonesbo.co.uk