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.
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.
MelaR, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by MelaR)
I discovered Jo Nesbø while search for a mystery/thriller to read as I waited for Henning Mankell books to be published in the US. The thing that holds me to a mystery series, or any series really, is the characters, with all their flaws and bad behavior, and the way they relate to each other and those around them. If they are well written I will put up with almost anything. Nesbo's protagonist,Harry Hole, is deeply flawed and often behaves very badly, but I care about him and about his friends and colleagues.
In the middle of a cold, moonlit night a young boy, Jonas wakes up and finds his mother gone. Looking out his window at his yard bathed in eerie light he sees a snowman that mysteriously appeared earlier that day. Around the snowman’s neck is a pink scarf that belongs to his mother.
Harry Hole, contrary police inspector and recovering alcoholic, receives a letter and believes it is connected to the disappearance. An officer new to the Crime Squad, Katrine Bratt, is eager to help Harry make those connections. This is just the beginning of a mystery with many twist and turns, one that had me reading way past my bedtime.
catfish, August 17, 2011 (view all comments by catfish)
In Oslo, a serial killer only known as the Snowman is on the loose and his killings may go back decades. The only message he leaves with each brutal killing is a freshly made snowman, with a hideous detail of the murder. This suspenseful, terrifying, intricate mystery is Stieg Larsson on steroids. Harry Hole is my new favorite world weary Scandinavian detective. I can't put the book down!
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.
by Michal D.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.
by Michael Connelly,
"Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero."
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.
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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