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.

From the Hardcover edition.
May 10, 2011  |  401 pages
(Rated on Oct 25, 2015)
Grade: C    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
Low High
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Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Though it's the 7th in the Harry Hole series, Nesbo inserts telling bits of Harry's past so a reader new to the series is able to engage with the character. Harry is damaged and complex, often teetering on the edge of an alcoholic binge when the case eludes him, administrative politics frustrate him, and romantic entanglements confuse him. As Harry and his team (along with a new female detective) try to connect the disappearances and grisly murders of several women, the plot twists and turns