The Snowman, the seventh book in Jo Nesbo’s series about inspector Harry Hole, which was recently published in the US, is in the tenth place on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction. There is also a short review of the book in The Sunday Book Review.
One thing that distinguishes this novel, and Nesbo’s writing generally, is that he is a sharp and evocative stylist; Oslo in winter is cold enough, but Nesbo’s writing techniques have the effect of darkening everything — even the way his characters interact — and a strong sense of doom pervades.
That’s an excellent description of Nesbo’s writing style. It is a wonderful novel, excellently written and very suspenseful, and it deserves to be a bestseller. Also, it is great for Scandinavian crime fiction that yet another Scandinavian author enters the US bestseller lists.
Trailer for The Snowman
Children in Norway make snowmen for fun every winter. They are usually friendly, white and look peaceful. But Jo Nesbo’s Snowman is a sign of something evil. When you have read the book, you will perhaps find that the way you think about snowmen will have changed! It is a wonderful crime fiction by a master story teller.
See our review of The Snowman by Jo Nesbo.