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The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
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The Snowman (2007)

by Jo Nesbo

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Series: Harry Hole (7)

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perfect airplane read, fast and twisty, keeps you guessing even when you figure it out way too early. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
Waste of time on all fronts. ( )
  rsummer | Apr 13, 2016 |
Imagine if [a:Stieg Larsson|706255|Stieg Larsson|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1246466225p2/706255.jpg] undertook a modern version of an [a:Agatha Christie|123715|Agatha Christie|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1321738793p2/123715.jpg] novel, and threw in a dash of [a:Stephen King|3389|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1261866457p2/3389.jpg]. You might end up with something like this.

Apparently The Snowman is #7 in Jo Nesbø's detective series, but this one -- I can't speak for the others -- stands pretty well on its own. There are some references to earlier cases the detective has made, but they're well-explained enough that I was up to speed pretty quickly.

I do hate that the star detective is named Harry Hole, though. I'm sure it's my fault that my mind drifts into the gutter, but throughout the whole book I kept thinking it was a name better suited for a second-rate porn star. I even tried imagining that his name was Høle (disclaimer: I have no idea whether that changes the pronunciation or not) so that I could blame it on an unfortunate Norwegian-English cognate.

I thought twice that I had guessed the killer's identity, and I turned out to be wrong both times, so the plot twists were well done. Unfortunately, the detectives also think they've caught the killer a couple of times, so I got a little tired of the CLIMAX-WE-CAUGHT-THE-KILLER-no-wait-just-kidding-anticlimax! rollercoaster. I used to be a fairly hardcore Agatha Christie fan back in the day, and I don't remember ever thinking the mystery was solved halfway through and wondering what on earth the rest of the book was about.

Still, the snowman murder mystery with the dash of horror made this the perfect Halloween/hurricane read. I recommend it for a chilly night when you can read it through in one sitting... perhaps when the children next door have built a creepy snowman that seems to be watching you... ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
This was my first Nesbo book and has introduced me to "Harry Hole". I enjoyed the thriller and look forward to reading the next in the series, "The Leopard". I will pick up some of the earlier books to get background on the characters. ( )
  Itzey | Jan 23, 2016 |
I'm giving it 3 stars because I thought the writing style was pretty good, although for me I was uncomfortable at times trying to get pronounciations correct, etc. Sometimes confusing plot and I thought a real reach as far as the killer. I prefer the Wallender series. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
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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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Andersen, Allan HiltonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was the day the snow came.
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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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