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The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (excerpt)

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (excerpt)

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Published by Alfred A. Knopf
Internationally acclaimed, best-selling Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø appears on the Knopf list for the first time with a bone-chilling new thriller about a serial killer who takes Harry Hole—Nesbø’s irascible police investigator— to the brink of insanity.

Check out the rest of Jo Nesbo's books at jonesbo.com
Internationally acclaimed, best-selling Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø appears on the Knopf list for the first time with a bone-chilling new thriller about a serial killer who takes Harry Hole—Nesbø’s irascible police investigator— to the brink of insanity.

Check out the rest of Jo Nesbo's books at jonesbo.com

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Publish date: May 10, 2011
Added to Scribd: Feb 23, 2011
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bookishjojo reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Creepier than the previous ones I have read from the series. Fun, palate-cleansing reading for a lazy brain.
erickibler reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Well constructed. That's the key thing to say about this Norwegian thriller. Before you find out who the killer is, there are numerous plausible alternative suppositions and reversals. Every bit of information pays off like the Chekhovian revolver, which, once introduced in Act I, must be fired by Act III.

Harry Hole is one of those master sleuths that's actually smarter than the constant reader of mystery fiction. When he reaches an insight, the perceptive reader hasn't necessarily gotten there before him, although in hindsight his conclusion is completely logical.

This is my first book by Nesbo, but it's obvious that there's an overall continuity from one book to the next; that things are paying off that were set up in previous books; and that things set up in this book will play out in subsequent books. Nevertheless, this book stands on its own to be enjoyed on its own merits.

I will definitely return to this series. Too bad the first two haven't been translated into English yet.
kimmr_2 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I would have liked to have given this novel more than three stars. After all, it has a lot going for it: an exotic setting (Oslo and Bergen are about as far away from my part of the world as it's possible to get!), an interesting hero of the flawed-and-dealing-with-inner-demons variety and a pacy narrative. Plus the fact that there is generally something pretty compelling about the better Scandinavian crime fiction. All of these factors made this novel a much more than okay read. However, I can't say that I really loved it, let alone that it was amazing.

That said, I suspect the problems with this novel from my point of view are more to do with me than they are to do with the book. Firstly, I identified the killer about half way through. I don't mind feeling clever when reading crime fiction, but I really don't like being way ahead of the detective and feeling that he or she has missed some pretty major clues. Secondly, I am feeling somewhat jaded with serial killer stories in which the killer dreams up disturbingly complicated and bizarre ways of murdering his or her victims . I've been re-reading quite a lot of golden age mysteries recently and this may have decreased my tolerance for more extreme versions of the genre.

Anyway, I liked this novel enough to be reasonably confident I will read more by its author. I didn't like it enough to want to race out and buy Nesbo's entire oeuvre or to give away copies of this particular novel as birthday presents. Recommended for lovers of Scandanavian crime fiction and crime fiction fans with fairly strong stomachs, but it won't be for everyone.
tinfoilspider13 reviewed this
iv had to give up on this. jus can't seem to get into it. already seems very obvious. is it worth sticking with it?can anyone let me know?
kmaziarz_4 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Nesbo’s flawed but brilliant detective, Harry Hole, faces down Norway’s first known serial killer in this fifth entry in the series. Dubbed “the Snowman,” the serial killer abducts and, presumably, kills women, one per year, taking his victims on the first snowy day of the winter. He’s been operating for years but because there were no bodies found, it took the police far too long to pick up on the pattern. But now, suddenly, the killer has escalated his efforts, leaving one victim’s head perched on top of a snowman and taking several others out of sequence. Now Harry, Oslo’s only detective to have caught a serial killer previously, must escalate his own efforts to not only determine how the killer is picking his victims, but who the killer is…before more women fall prey to the Snowman.Fast-paced and littered with twists, red-herrings, and thrills, The Snowman is sure to appeal to mystery fans. Despite being book five in the series, a reader with no previous experience of Harry Hole’s misadventures can enjoy this title from the get-go.
tvordj reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is the third Jo Nesbo book i've read and I've read them all out of order. This one falls in between the other two I read and even though the killer from this book is revealed in the first one I read, The Leopard, I couldn't remember exactly who it was at first. Even when I did, and was looking for clues, the story was so well crafted that I second guessed myself once. Inspector Harry Hole is on the trail of a serial killer who ends up being called The Snowman. He kills women who have children mostly. The women go missing and most of them were never found both in the past and in the present until the Snowman leaves a head of one woman atop a snowman in the forest. Harry's ex-girlfriend Rakel and her son Oleg are still weaving in and out of his world. He manages to stay off the booze most of the time and goes off on his own to investigate things which frustrates his superiors to no end. His new partner, Katrine Bratt is sharp and may have an agenda of her own. The climax would be a visual thriller if they filmed it. I like the Harry Hole books and I like the way Nesbo constructs his stories.
booklovers2 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
My 1st Harry Hole read and what a great start! I was a fan from page 1 and it only got better. The Snowman was a very well written thriller, unfortunately I was slowed down at the beginning trying to pronouce some of the places and commiting to memory in case relevant to the read... after I got past that obession.. it was easy saling. I thought I had it figured out, the whodunnit early on, but the writing had great twists and turns! Can't wait to move on to the next in the series! My 1st Jo Nesbo.. but definitely Not my last!
gpangel_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is my first Jo Nesbo novel. I will be adding his other novels to my wishlist soon.This is the best thriller I've read in a while. Harry Hole is investigating a series of murders involving married women with children. Harry is also dealing with personal issues, and tyring to keep his drinking under control.We are given some interesting medical information through out that ties in with the story. We are given big clues, then led around with Harry as he runs into dead ends and red herrings. But, then the author practically hits you over the head with a brick trying to get you realize who " The Snowman" is. So, if you are paying attention, you'll figure that out, but that's when the real feeling of dread starts. You know where it's all leading, but Harry can't see it. You just want to scream at him. It's like seeing an accident about to take place, but your are helpless to prevent it. So, I found myself clutching my kindle with white knuckles, waiting for Harry to finally get the picture, then try to stop it from happening. Very clever plotting. Don't read this one before bed though.
mathenam_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This was a slow build for me, and I thought some things just didn't translate that well. But, the last 100 pages were VERY good, and worth all the back story that was involved. Very exciting ending, and tied up all those loose ends nicely.
ritaer_1 reviewed this
A bit of cliche with alcoholic, burnt out detective in pursuit of serial killer while his superiors posture for publicity. Several surprising plot twists in tale of killer who targets married women with children and kills undetected over the course of s couple of decades.

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