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3.00005149860954 out of 53.00005149860954 out of 53.00005149860954 out of 53.00005149860954 out of 53.00005149860954 out of 5 3.00 (19,418 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jo Nesbø, Jo Nesbo Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harry Hole Series Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Irresistibly addictive . . . This is reading as you experienced it in childhood, without any gap between eye and mind, but with the added pleasures that adult plots and adult characters can bring . . . It is Nesbø’s plots—brilliantly conceived, carefully worked out, and complicatedly satisfying—that finally make [his books] unputdownable. Slate
  • Nesbø is being hailed as the next Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell . . . Apt comparisons, but they don’t go far enough. This is simply the best detective novel this reviewer has read in years . . . Nesbø’s 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. Library Journal (starred)
  • Erica Jong meets Stephen King meets, yes, Stieg Larsson in this superb thriller. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
     
  • “A superb thriller—smart, stylish, beautifully paced, and meticulously plotted.”

    Newsday

  • “The writer most likely to take the ice-cold crown in the critically acclaimed—and now bestselling—category of Nordic noir.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • The Snowman is strung together with great care, playful in certain stretches, grisly in others, all of it highly readable.”

    Newsweek

  • “Fiendishly complex and terrifically entertaining.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “If you don’t know Nesbø, it’s time to get with it.”

    USA Today

  • “Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killers where you least expect to find them…His novels are maddeningly addictive.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Nesbø’s books have a serious, socially significant heft, as well as a confident (even cocky) narrative stride that is unmatched. These aren’t mere investigatory trifles to be enjoyed and forgotten; their unnerving horrors linger.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “This is reading as you experienced it in childhood, without any gap between eye and mind, but with the added pleasures that adult plots and adult characters can bring…Unputdownable. The Snowman is probably the most terrifying and certainly the most addictive book in the whole series.”

    Slate

  • “This is crime writing of the highest order, in which the characters are as strong as the story, where an atmosphere of evil permeates, and the tension begins in the first chapter and never lets up.”

    Times (London)

  • “Spine-chilling…This most ambitious of Nesbø’s crime novels banishes any fears that the omniscient serial killer scenario has been exhausted.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Macabre and disturbing…Deft plotting, strong characterization, adrenaline-fuelled action sequences, and a whole raft of social issues raised along the way make this book a spectacularly good example of how a tried and tested (and often tired) formula can be made exhilarating and fresh.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “If you’re still grieving the loss of Stieg Larsson, it’s time to move on. Nesbø’s waiting for you.”

    Milwakee Journal Sentinal

  • Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero. Michael Connelly
  • With Henning Mankell having written his last Wallander novel and Stieg Larsson no longer with us, I have had to make the decision on whom to confer the title of best current Nordic writer of crime fiction. After finishing Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman, I hesitate no longer . . . This is crime writing of the highest order, in which the characters are as strong as the story, where an atmosphere of evil permeates, and the tension begins in the first chapter and never lets up. Times (UK)
  • The Snowman is a superb thriller—smart, stylish, beautifully paced and meticulously plotted . . . Nesbø is such an insightful portraitist that Hole and all the secondary characters are convincing at just about every bloody turn . . . The psychological aspects of the novel are on a par with Ruth Rendell’s inspector Wexford mysteries. Ultimately, though, what sets Nesbø apart is his ability to keep the pages turning with such intellectual dexterity. Newsday
  • Every now and then, a truly exceptional crime novel comes along, something so gripping that it recalls classics such as The Silence of the Lambs. Jo Nesbø has pulled it off with The Snowman . . . [which] establishes him as a writer of rare ingenuity and total confidence. Sunday Times (UK)
     
  • Selected for the May 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peggy Fuller | 2/19/2014

    " Excellent book, never figured it out until the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonathan | 2/14/2014

    " This gets four stars because it is a good, entertaining story, not for any literary value. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick | 2/9/2014

    " This book definitely lived up to the hype. I would recommend this to anyone in the mood for a good murder mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Nesbo does an amazing job of letting you into the life of the main character (Harry Hole) and his internal struggles with alcoholism, life as a detective, and past marriage failure. The scene is set perfectly for an ongoing series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Coleen Guhl | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book. If you loved reading the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo you will love this author. "

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