|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||May 2011|
|Number of Pages:||383|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.71|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.53 x 1.4 x 9.48|
Norwegian detective Harry Hole is in a quandary-he's an expert on serial killers in a country that prides itself on not having any. Yet women are being murdered on the day of the first snowfall, their bodies enmeshed with or guarded by eerily watchful snowmen. Hole has to convince his peers that the murders are the work of a serial killer, so he tracks The Snowman. But soon questions arise-who is stalking whom? And for what purpose? Nesbo (The Devil's Star; Nemesis; The Redbreast) is also a musician and composer.
His latest thriller reads like a symphony, from the thundering first chords that pull the reader into a magical world through the delicately enticing development in which motifs and story strands are woven together leading to a pounding, furious conclusion.
Verdict: Nesbo is being hailed as the next Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell; this work is being compared to Peter Hoeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow, among others. Apt comparisons, but they don't go far enough. This is simply the best detective novel this reviewer has read in years.
[See Prepub Alert, 11/1/10; 150,000-copy first printing; six-city tour.] - David Clendinning, West Virginia State Univ. Lib., Institute
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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 mother’s pink scarf.
Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s 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.
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