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The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

The Snowman (2007)

by Jo Nesbø

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Series: Harry Hole (7)

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    infosleuth: Besides both being northern European crime fiction titles, but without wanting to spoil the stories, these 2 novels share similar plot elements.
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (voracious)
    voracious: Similar in the extended effort in the storytelling and set in Norway, this novel evokes similar feelings in the reader.

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English (162)  Dutch (5)  Finnish (3)  Danish (3)  Norwegian (3)  German (3)  Swedish (2)  Catalan (1)  Spanish (1)  Russian (1)  French (1)  All languages (185)
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  terran | Oct 9, 2018 |
The Snowman, Number 7 in the Harry Hole books by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, is a fast-paced mystery that jolts the reader back and forth between theories and suspects. This time, Harry is a shadow of his former self, thin and weary from some hard living and battles with personal demons. He uses the skills he has learned from the US FBI to spot a pattern in some disappearances that seem to indicate that Norway might be entertaining a rare serial killer. He uses his reputation in his department to get assigned a small team to help him follow up on missing women dating back from 2004 to 1992. The one detail common to all the scenes: a snowman at the location of their last known whereabouts. His new team includes a sharp new detective, Katrine Bratt, who contributes some perceptive insight into the cases. Harry manages to follow the clues to a variety of suspects. Is there a connection to a doctor specializing in rare genetic disorders? Does it involve a missing officer who may have been working on his own? Or could it be related to a famous pundit seeking to cover up deviant practices? Or is The Snowman someone else circling around the team, able to stay one step ahead and keep them chasing their tails? There is a lot going on in this story, and it might be difficult for some to follow all the Norwegian names and places. The use of the snowman as a sinister current throughout was a little far-fetched, but certainly original. This book is a good example of how a strong main character can elevate a weaker installment in a series. Hole is such a wonderfully depicted and flawed person that fans of Nesbo can easily forgive some plot lapses and implausible coincidences. If you are new to the Harry Hole mysteries, however, I would begin with one of the earlier novels instead. ( )
  jnmegan | Jul 31, 2018 |
Really struggled to get into this one. Ended up liking it. It was a long, convoluted path. ( )
  melanieklo | Jul 25, 2018 |
I just finished reading this the night before the movie adaptation premiered on HBO and I am soooo glad I read it first. I dont think I would have understood the film without it. Honestly, they should have turned this into a limited series. There was just so much detail and characterization and just plot that the movie epically failed to put forth. Such a shame. This was the first Harry Hole novel I've read. It won't be the last.I really liked Nesbo's way of dropping bread crumbs to the discovery of the killer. Not my usual type of read but glad I took a chance. ( )
  MrsMich02 | Jul 22, 2018 |
Perfectly satisfying murders! Complete with deeply red herrings. Enjoy! ( )
  ClareRhoden | May 1, 2018 |
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Harry is pleasingly human, with a capacity for hard, grueling work being one of his best features, and the rest of the characters say and do believable things, the murderous snowman notwithstanding. The Norwegian settings are sometimes exotic, sometimes just grimy—who knew that Oslo had a high-crime area?—but always appropriate to the story, which unfolds at just the right pace.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Nesbø, Joprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andersen, Allan HiltonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bartlett, DonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berntsen, AdaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edit, PetrikovicsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
노진선Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fouillet, AlexTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frauenlob, GüntherTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gretić, Iva UšumlićTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was the day the snow came.
Det var den dagen då snön kom.
She looked at him. God, how he had grown in this last year; he would soon be taller than her. And in those dark eyes of his the childishness was giving way to what for the moment was youthful defiance, but would, she could already see, in time become adult determination.
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The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.

Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears Harry’s suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game. For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity.
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"In Oslo, after the first snow of the season has fallen, a woman disappears, and a sinister snowman is left in her wake. As irascible detective Harry Hole realizes that this is only one of multiple disappearances, he begins to think a serial killer may be at work--and may be drawing in Hole personally and intentionally"--… (more)

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