From the bestselling author of The Snowman - an explosive new thriller.
In the depths of winter a killer stalks the city streets. Two women are found drowned in their own blood. A third woman is hanged from a diving board.
YOU ARE ALLOWING THIS KILLING TO GO ON.
The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options.
IT'S TIME THIS WAS STOPPED...
There is only one man who can help them catch the killer. But Inspector Harry Hole doesn't want to be found.
...BECAUSE I HAVE APPOINTED THE NEXT VICTIM.
In Nesb s outstanding follow-up to The Snowman , Insp. Harry Hole reluctantly agrees to return home from Hong Kong, where he s been hiding out for months, after an Oslo Crime Squad colleague tells him his father is in the hospital. Considered an expert after catching the serial killer known as the Snowman, Harry is marginally intrigued by the possibility of another serial killer loose in Oslo. Back in Norway, little links two murdered women except the unusual stab wounds in their mouths. When a mid-level politician s body is discovered in a possible suicide that s soon dubbed murder, Hole realizes a single killer is at work and not yet done. Nesb moves the action easily from Hong Kong to Norway, with side trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo, without ever losing the plot s sense of urgency. Hole, put through the emotional wringer in The Snowman, doesn t get much of a reprieve in this intense outing. By the end, he s ready to concede that what he most wants is an armored heart.