The Snowman


4.02 (129,048 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.02 (129,048 ratings by Goodreads)

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The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother's pink scarf.

Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears Harry's suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game. For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity.

A brilliant thriller with a pace that never lets up, The Snowman confirms Jo Nesbo's position as an international star of crime fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 33mm | 338g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780099551744
  • 8,134

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This is chilling, spectacular stuff and anyone looking for serious, and seriously compelling, crime writing need look no further Mark Billingham
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The Snowman is a superb thriller. Jo Nesbo is astonishingly good; he knows how to grab you, by the throat and by the heart Chillingly adept...creepy, creepy stuff from the very first page * Time Out * Nesbo handles the tension with aplomb * Metro * Nesbo's plotting and pared-back prose style effectively keeps the reader hooked as he ramps up the action to a gripping climax * Big Issue * Hole is all a fictional detective should be...each scene is succinct, dovetails with another, shifts the reader's perspective, and keeps the pace fast and interesting...he ensures his readers keep turning the page to read more * Times Literary Supplement *
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About Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo is one of the world's bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son, The Thirst, Macbeth and Knife all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He's an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 55 million copies around the world.

When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat.

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2 4% (5,497)
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