Title: The Snowman
Publisher: Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 2011
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good +
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First United States edition, stated. Boldly signed by the author on the title page, between the title and byline: "Jo Nesbo." Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett. The seventh of the Harry Hole novels, a murder mystery set in Oslo. Book is tight and unmarked; slight spine slant; one corner, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $25.95). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 004385
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2011: The Snowman, Norwegian author Jo Nesbø's thriller, should please even the most die-hard Stieg Larsson fans. On the first day of snow, a child wakes up to find his mother has disappeared during the night. Outside, a snowman has appeared out of nowhere, the calling card of one of the most terrifying serial killers in recent fiction. A letter from the perpetrator draws Detective Hole further and further into the case, and together with his new partner, Katrine Bratt, he hunts the Snowman through twists and turns that become increasingly personal and may drive Hole to the brink of insanity. Brilliantly crafted, this credible and dark page-turner fully fleshes out the characters, especially Hole, a hardened detective with sharp instincts and real heart. What is the link between the victims? Is the Snowman a suspicious doctor, a notorious playboy, or one of Hole's peers on the force? The police keep thinking they've caught the criminal, but Hole's astute observations may steer him around the red herrings and right into the hands of the cold-as-ice killer. --Miriam Landis
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