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3.0 out of 5 stars Norse morose, 9 Jan. 2011
This review is from: The Snowman: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 5) (Paperback)
This is the first Jo Nesbo book I've read and I admit I came to it with high expectations as reviews appeared good. However, it was a bit of a curate's egg; good in parts. The style was good and the plot moved fast and retained interest - just. I found Harry Hole interesting rather than liking him; here is where the bad news starts. Why do the majority of detectives have to be drunks/ borderline clinically depressed/ suicidal? It isn't necessary and far from making the characters three dimensional it makes them two dimensional; because they come across as a series of cliches and ticks. Same applies to the serial killer. You knew it was going to be a serial killer didn't you? And you knew he was going to be hyper intelligent, with a childhood trauma which develops into a macabre method of killing a specific group of people? Check, check and check again. I'm sounding a bit bad tempered about it I know and I did give it three stars; it held my interest and I can see why he's a popular author. But baroque explosions of violence paired with detectives who are all candidates for therapy themselves; it's all just wearing a bit thin. Hannibal Lecter's got a lot to answer for. Buy it by all means; it's a good read but don't expect anything wildly original.
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