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Author: Jo Nesbø Narrator: Patti Smith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Blood on Snow Series Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9780553545968
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From the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Hole novels—a fast, tight, darkly lyrical stand-alone novel that has at its center the perfectly sympathetic antihero: an Oslo contract killer who draws us into an unexpected meditation on death and love.

This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented “fixer” for one of Oslo’s most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller’s hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an “innate talent for subordination” but running through his veins is a “virus” born of the power over life and death. And while his latest job puts him at the pinnacle of his trade, it may be mutating into his greatest mistake. . . .

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Quotes & Awards

  • "[An] incendiary cocktail of murder, revenge, and a hit man with multiple problems.”

    Independent (London)

  • “The undisputed king of Scandinavian crime fiction…I am so used to the energetic plot twists, fiendish violence, and addictive verbosity of Nesbø’s writing that Blood on Snow, with its simplicity, brevity, and unlikely poetry, comes as a welcome antidote. It is set in the 1970s, an era of increasing fascination to Nesbø, and has a first-person narrative that provides a window into its protagonist’s lonely, tortured soul.”

    Times (London)

  • “To call Blood on Snow a crime novel would be an immense understatement…It’s also a beautiful, complicated, and skillfully rendered love story…A short, compact, and lean book, a novella, really—no extraneous twists or descriptions or even words. But it packs an emotional punch with it gorgeous prose and a taut plot.”

    Associated Press

  • “Blood on Snow is indeed horribly potent. Here Nesbø’s perennial themes—crime, violence, and alienation in a monochrome Oslo—are distilled to their darkest essence.”

    Barnes&, editorial review

  • “This tender killer who tries to maintain reason and compassion in a brutal world will appeal to Nesbø’s fans and generate new followers. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A plot reminiscent of a 1940s American noir novel. A damaged loner, Olav is full of contradictions, but he’s more intelligent and emotional than he’ll admit, which gives the book a bit of humanity and humor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A Nordic noir updating of James M. Cain’s Love’s Lovely Counterfeit (1942) with an equally sweet-natured killer.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, and Phantom, and he is also the author of several stand-alone novels and the Doctor Proctor series of children’s books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel.

About the Narrator

Patti Smith is a performer, visual artist, and author of numerous books. Her memoir Just Kids received a National Book Award, and her book M Train is a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller. She was awarded the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.