Inspector Harry Hole tracks a Norwegian serial killer in this installment of Jo Nesbø’s New York Times bestselling series.
One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day. Inspector Harry Hole suspects a link between the missing woman and a suspicious letter he’s received. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished—all on the day of the first snow. But this is a killer who makes his own rules . . . and he’ll break his pattern just to keep the game interesting, as he draws Harry ever closer into his twisted web. With brilliantly realized characters and hair-raising suspense, international bestselling author Jo Nesbø presents his most chilling case yet—one that will test Harry Hole to the very limits of his sanity.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
True to form, this standout Nordic thriller is dark, sinister, and shiver-inducing. Bestselling Norwegian author Jo Nesbø manages to make totems of innocence and warmth—a snowman and a mother’s scarf—instantly foreboding. Nesbø’s seventh Harry Hole mystery is a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse with a taunting killer. His unorthodox hero is as punchy as ever, bringing a satisfying depth of character to an utterly nerve-bending crime story.
On a cold Norwegian night, a young boy named Jonas wakes to find his mother missing from their home. Outside, in Jonas's yard, stands a solitary snowman wearing his mother's favorite scarf. Brought in to investigate the disappearance is frayed-around-the-edges police detective Harry Hole, who soon learns he's dealing with a serial killer calling himself the Snowman. As Hole delves into the case, he begins to suspect the Snowman has been murdering women for years. And to make matters worse the killer has chosen Hole as his opponent in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with twists and turns designed to drive the detective insane. Robin Sachs's cool, matter-of-fact narration fits the somber tone of Nesb 's thriller, his near whisper of a voice pulling the listener into the story as Hole desperately follows every lead in his efforts to stop the Snowman from killing again. Although Sachs skillfully brings all the book's characters to life, his portrayal of Hole shines the brightest: his depiction of Nesb 's nonconformist, borderline alcoholic, world-weary detective will leave listeners hungry for the next audiobook in the series. A Knopf hardcover.
Great book, it will keep you turning the pages past your bed time...clever plot, interesting protagonist...very riveting!
What a pleasant surprise. Extremely well written and translated. Hard to put down. Well researched. Better than dragon tattoo books in terms of writing etc. Better than mankell mysteries and I've read them all. Enjoy!