The Snowman (Paperback)

Author: Nesbo, Jo

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Internationally acclaimed crime writer Nesbo''s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307742995
SKU 224433435
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307742997
Release Date 4/17/2012
Author Info
Jo Nesbo
Jo Nesbø is widely recognized, both in his native Norway and around the globe, for his bleak and sometimes gruesomely violent crime novels. Although he has told interviewers that he dislikes being lumped in with other Scandinavian writers of the genre, he understands that impulse. "It may have to do with the storytelling tradition in Scandinavia," he has explained. "The cliché is that we have these long dark nights where people stay in and tell each other stories--horror stories, fairy tales, dark stuff. . . . Maybe there's something to that." The son of a librarian and a businessman, Nesbø grew up in the Norwegian town of Molde, and as a youth he played soccer in Norway's Premier League. He badly damaged his knee at age 19, however, and with pro soccer no longer an option, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics and embarked on a career as a stockbroker. Concurrently, he and his brother Knut played in a rock band, Di Derre, which landed several songs on the European music charts. A skilled lyricist, Nesbø was approached by a publisher to write a memoir about his life in the band. Instead, he became engrossed in writing a crime novel, DER FLEDERMAUSMAN ("The Bat Man"), which was published in Norway in 1997. The book introduced Harry Hole, an alcoholic loner who is nonetheless one of Oslo's top detectives. Nesbø has since written several other books featuring Hole; the first to be published in the U.S. was THE REDBREAST, which was translated in 2007. A later book, THE SNOWMAN, has been optioned by Hollywood. In addition to his crime fiction, Nesbø is the author of a series of children's books featuring a zany inventor named Doctor Proctor.
Praise
"This is among the best entries in Nesbø's consistently superior series. He layers the suspense skillfully, deftly mixing scenes from the investigation with glimpses into Harry's always compelling personal life." (starred review)
"Nesbo breathes new life into the serial killer subgenre, giving it a Norwegian twist and never losing his laconic hero in the process."
From the Publisher
Annotation Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction surely know Jo Nesbo's cantankerous police detective Harry Hole. But in SNOWMAN, readers will discover a whole new side to Hole's dark personality, as an elusive serial killer leads the hero down a rabbit hole of psychological and physical danger. The case gets rolling when a missing woman's scarf is found draped around a snowman, but it quickly snowballs, as more women go missing, and a twisted individual taunts Hole with confounding clues in the mail.
Editors Note 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.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0512
Publisher Vintage Books

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