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ISBN13: 9780307595867
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If you're making a list of hot Nordic mysteries, Nesbø's Harry Hole series should be among the top. Perfectly paced, this ambitious and gripping thriller is impossible to put down.
Recommended by Michal D., Powells.com

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Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø's antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mothers pink scarf.

Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter hes received and the disappearance of Jonas's mother and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised and constantly revised by the killer.

Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.

Review:

"In this chilling installment in Nesbø's Insp. Harry Hole crime series (The Devil's Star, etc.), a snowman left in the front yard of Birte Becker's Oslo house is the only clue to the woman's disappearance. When Sylvia Ottersen disappears from her farmhouse soon afterward, the snowman the killer leaves behind has a gruesome addition: Sylvia's severed head. Harry, aided by Katrine Bratt, a brash new member of his team with secrets of her own, combs through past missing person cases, looking for other victims of the killer now dubbed the Snowman. Several months earlier, Harry received an anonymous letter referring to both snowmen and the Australian serial killer he'd pursued early in his career. What appeared random and bizarre then now takes on new meaning as Harry realizes the killer is taunting him. Nesbø breathes new life into the serial killer subgenre, giving it a Norwegian twist and never losing his laconic hero in the process. 150,000 first printing; 6-city author tour. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero." Michael Connelly

Synopsis:

When Inspector Sejer receives a postcard with the message "Hell begins now," he sets out to uncover who's behind a string of cruel pranks that have thrown the peaceful town of Bjerkas into unrest, in this chilling new installment of the Inspector Konrad Sejer series from "the next Scandinavian literary superstar" (Chicago Tribune), acclaimed Norwegian mystery writer Karin Fossum.

Synopsis:

One mild summer evening, a young couple are enjoying dinner while their daughter sleeps peacefully in her stroller under a tree. When her mother steps outside she is stunned: The child is covered in blood.

   Inspector Sejer is called to the hospital to meet the family. Mercifully, the child is unharmed, but the parents are deeply shaken, and Sejer spends the evening trying to understand why anyone would carry out such a sinister prank. Then, just before midnight, somebody rings his doorbell.

   No one is at the door, but the caller has left a small gray envelope on Sejers mat. From his living room window, the inspector watches a figure disappear into the darkness. Inside the envelope Sejer finds a postcard bearing a short message: Hell begins now.

   This is classic Fossum—and the critics are saying this is her best book since The Indian Bride.

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About the Author

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, economist, and author. His previous Harry Hole novels include The Redbreast, Nemesis, and The Devils Star. His books, translated into forty languages, have sold more than six million copies worldwide, and he has received the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (previously awarded to Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell). He lives in Oslo.

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egbsafari, January 31, 2012 (view all comments by egbsafari)
jo nesbo mesmerized me with a mix of violence, shocking dialogue and a lead detective to pity and love.
the snowman is accessible for an american reader. I would recommend it to all my friends, provided they are ready for pg-13 or more content.
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catfish, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by catfish)
Twisty plot turns, creepy serial murders, lots of atmosphere, great dysfunctional Scandinavian detective! What more could you want in a thriller.
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bamboo, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by bamboo)
Well written, tense, different part of the world, complex with interesting personalities.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307595867
Author:
Jo Nesbo
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Author:
Bartlett, Don
Author:
Semmel, K.E.
Author:
Fossum, Karin
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.98 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

If you're making a list of hot Nordic mysteries, Nesbø's Harry Hole series should be among the top. Perfectly paced, this ambitious and gripping thriller is impossible to put down.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this chilling installment in Nesbø's Insp. Harry Hole crime series (The Devil's Star, etc.), a snowman left in the front yard of Birte Becker's Oslo house is the only clue to the woman's disappearance. When Sylvia Ottersen disappears from her farmhouse soon afterward, the snowman the killer leaves behind has a gruesome addition: Sylvia's severed head. Harry, aided by Katrine Bratt, a brash new member of his team with secrets of her own, combs through past missing person cases, looking for other victims of the killer now dubbed the Snowman. Several months earlier, Harry received an anonymous letter referring to both snowmen and the Australian serial killer he'd pursued early in his career. What appeared random and bizarre then now takes on new meaning as Harry realizes the killer is taunting him. Nesbø breathes new life into the serial killer subgenre, giving it a Norwegian twist and never losing his laconic hero in the process. 150,000 first printing; 6-city author tour. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero."
"Synopsis" by , When Inspector Sejer receives a postcard with the message "Hell begins now," he sets out to uncover who's behind a string of cruel pranks that have thrown the peaceful town of Bjerkas into unrest, in this chilling new installment of the Inspector Konrad Sejer series from "the next Scandinavian literary superstar" (Chicago Tribune), acclaimed Norwegian mystery writer Karin Fossum.
"Synopsis" by , One mild summer evening, a young couple are enjoying dinner while their daughter sleeps peacefully in her stroller under a tree. When her mother steps outside she is stunned: The child is covered in blood.

   Inspector Sejer is called to the hospital to meet the family. Mercifully, the child is unharmed, but the parents are deeply shaken, and Sejer spends the evening trying to understand why anyone would carry out such a sinister prank. Then, just before midnight, somebody rings his doorbell.

   No one is at the door, but the caller has left a small gray envelope on Sejers mat. From his living room window, the inspector watches a figure disappear into the darkness. Inside the envelope Sejer finds a postcard bearing a short message: Hell begins now.

   This is classic Fossum—and the critics are saying this is her best book since The Indian Bride.

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