The Snowman

The Snowman

by Jo Nesbo

Debbie Weiss (08/25/13): I, too, enjoyed this book very much. Who has been killing all these women? Why is there always a snowman present at the crime scene? What is the connection that ties all the murders together? The story line leads you first in one direction, then another and then another. The book is well written and the characters are often talented, but flawed in some way, thus making them human.
Rating: ****

Arlene Almas (01/15/12): I'm in complete agreement with Gail's very positive review of this book and its author. Detective Harry Hole is indeed a complex character, and it's fascinating to follow his investigation and the feelings and events that make up his private life. I'm going to check out Nesbo's previous Harry Hole novels.
Rating: ****

Gail Reid (08/15/11): A series of murdered women has caught the attention of Norwegian police detective Harry Hole. Hole thinks he may be searching for Norway's first serial killer who marks each crime scene with a snowman. At first glance, the murders have nothing in common but terrific sleuthing on the part of Hole soon results in a common thread that ties these crimes together.

But this book is far from just a police procedural. Through several subplots, the author shows us Harry as a complex character. We see his erratic behavior as a policeman juxtaposed with his analytic thinking. We are privy to his relationship with his on-again, off-again lover Rakel and his female police partner Katrine. And, we see his not-so-private ongoing battle with alcoholism.

With the untimely death of Stieg Larsson and the end of his riveting novels, I, like many people, thought that there would be no more Scandinavian page-turners. But, there are enough twists and turns in this dark thriller to continue the tradition of compelling mysteries set in a frozen landscape.
Rating: ****

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