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Library Journal
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Norwegian detective Harry Hole is in a quandary-he's an expert on serial killers in a country that prides itself on not having any. Yet women are being murdered on the day of the first snowfall, their bodies enmeshed with or guarded by eerily watchful snowmen. Hole has to convince his peers that the murders are the work of a serial killer, so he tracks The Snowman. But soon questions arise-who is stalking whom? And for what purpose? Nesbo (The Devil's Star; Nemesis; The Redbreast) is also a musician and composer. His latest thriller reads like a symphony, from the thundering first chords that pull the reader into a magical world through the delicately enticing development in which motifs and story strands are woven together leading to a pounding, furious conclusion. VERDICT Nesbo is being hailed as the next Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell; this work is being compared to Peter Hoeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow, among others. Apt comparisons, but they don't go far enough. This is simply the best detective novel this reviewer has read in years. [See Prepub Alert, 11/1/10; 150,000-copy first printing; six-city tour.]-David Clendinning, West Virginia State Univ. Lib., Institute (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publishers Weekly
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In this chilling installment in Nesbo's Insp. Harry Hole crime series (The Devil's Star, etc.), a snowman left in the front yard of Birte Becker's Oslo house is the only clue to the woman's disappearance. When Sylvia Ottersen disappears from her farmhouse soon afterward, the snowman the killer leaves behind has a gruesome addition: Sylvia's severed head. Harry, aided by Katrine Bratt, a brash new member of his team with secrets of her own, combs through past missing person cases, looking for other victims of the killer now dubbed the Snowman. Several months earlier, Harry received an anonymous letter referring to both snowmen and the Australian serial killer he'd pursued early in his career. What appeared random and bizarre then now takes on new meaning as Harry realizes the killer is taunting him. Nesbo breathes new life into the serial killer subgenre, giving it a Norwegian twist and never losing his laconic hero in the process. 150,000 first printing; 6-city author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Book list
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*Starred Review* At the beginning of Nesbø's latest Harry Hole novel, the Oslo police inspector is mostly sober and single, following his breakup with girlfriend Rakel. In the months since the events described in The Devil's Star (2010), he has devoted all his energy to work and exercise, indulging in cross-country runs and hours practicing speed cuffing, a skill he learned from Americans at a training program on serial killers. Late one night in November, during the first snow of the season, a young mother goes missing, leaving her son alone in the house. The only clue is a freshly built snowman. As Harry investigates, he becomes convinced that he is tracking a serial killer, but except for his new assistant, Katrine, his colleagues think he's obsessed and possibly losing it yet again. A recent transfer from Bergen, Katrine intrigues Harry. The reader is equally curious but for different reasons, as Nesbø makes it clear (but oh, so subtly) that something is not quite right about her, despite her excellent detective work. 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. Series readers will be pleased that Harry maintains a friendly relationship with Rakel and her son, Oleg. The Snowman is a great place for new readers to meet Norway's maverick detective.--Moyer, Jessica Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Norwegian detective Harry Hole is in a quandary-he's an expert on serial killers in a country that prides itself on not having any. Yet women are being murdered on the day of the first snowfall, their bodies enmeshed with or guarded by eerily watchful snowmen. Hole has to convince his peers that the murders are the work of a serial killer, so he tracks The Snowman. But soon questions arise-who is stalking whom? And for what purpose? Nesbo (The Devil's Star; Nemesis; The Redbreast) is also a musician and composer. His latest thriller reads like a symphony, from the thundering first chords that pull the reader into a magical world through the delicately enticing development in which motifs and story strands are woven together leading to a pounding, furious conclusion. VERDICT Nesbo is being hailed as the next Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell; this work is being compared to Peter Hoeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow, among others. Apt comparisons, but they don't go far enough. This is simply the best detective novel this reviewer has read in years. [See Prepub Alert, 11/1/10; 150,000-copy first printing; six-city tour.]-David Clendinning, West Virginia State Univ. Lib., Institute (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publishers Weekly
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In this chilling installment in Nesbo's Insp. Harry Hole crime series (The Devil's Star, etc.), a snowman left in the front yard of Birte Becker's Oslo house is the only clue to the woman's disappearance. When Sylvia Ottersen disappears from her farmhouse soon afterward, the snowman the killer leaves behind has a gruesome addition: Sylvia's severed head. Harry, aided by Katrine Bratt, a brash new member of his team with secrets of her own, combs through past missing person cases, looking for other victims of the killer now dubbed the Snowman. Several months earlier, Harry received an anonymous letter referring to both snowmen and the Australian serial killer he'd pursued early in his career. What appeared random and bizarre then now takes on new meaning as Harry realizes the killer is taunting him. Nesbo breathes new life into the serial killer subgenre, giving it a Norwegian twist and never losing his laconic hero in the process. 150,000 first printing; 6-city author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Book list
From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

*Starred Review* At the beginning of Nesbø's latest Harry Hole novel, the Oslo police inspector is mostly sober and single, following his breakup with girlfriend Rakel. In the months since the events described in The Devil's Star (2010), he has devoted all his energy to work and exercise, indulging in cross-country runs and hours practicing speed cuffing, a skill he learned from Americans at a training program on serial killers. Late one night in November, during the first snow of the season, a young mother goes missing, leaving her son alone in the house. The only clue is a freshly built snowman. As Harry investigates, he becomes convinced that he is tracking a serial killer, but except for his new assistant, Katrine, his colleagues think he's obsessed and possibly losing it yet again. A recent transfer from Bergen, Katrine intrigues Harry. The reader is equally curious but for different reasons, as Nesbø makes it clear (but oh, so subtly) that something is not quite right about her, despite her excellent detective work. 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. Series readers will be pleased that Harry maintains a friendly relationship with Rakel and her son, Oleg. The Snowman is a great place for new readers to meet Norway's maverick detective.--Moyer, Jessica Copyright 2010 Booklist