Harry Hole Series

The Snowman

Publisher: Vintage Canada

One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day.
Inspector Harry Hole suspects a link between the missing woman and a suspicious letter he’s received. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished—all on the day of the first snow. But this is a killer who makes his own rules... and he’ll break his pattern just to keep the game interesting, as he draws Harry ever closer into his twisted web.
With brilliantly realized characters and hair-raising suspense, international bestselling author Jo Nesbø presents his most chilling case yet—one that will test Harry Hole to the very limits of his sanity.

HARRY HOLE #7.

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WEDNESDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 1980.
The Snowman.
 
It was the day the snow came. At eleven o’clock in the morning, large flakes appeared from a colourless sky and invaded the fields, gardens and lawns of Romerike like an armada from outer space. At two, the snowploughs were in action in Lillestr...
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READING GUIDE

The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading group’s discussion of The Snowman, Jo Nesbø’s latest novel in the Harry Hole Detective series.

1. The Snowman begins with a disturbing scene set in 1980, more than two decades...

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PRAISE FOR

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
A New York Times Notable Crime Book of 2011
Finalist for for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Winner of the Norwegian Book Club Prize for Best Novel of the Year
Winner of the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize for Best Novel of the Year


“A book as fathomless as the snow, as luminous and abstract as Beethoven’s Late String Quartets and a very jarring and unique literary experience. It exists on a recognizable plane of propulsive energy undercut with the irony that moulds all kind of fiction, including my own.” James Ellroy

“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 Nesbo has pulled it off with The Snowman.” The Sunday Times
 
"Many authors know how to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Jo Nesbø's one of the few who keeps them there." Linwood Barclay

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo is relentless. His terrifying transformation of a childhood icon permeated my sleep.” Patti Smith

“Fiendishly complex and terrifically entertaining." The New York Times Book Review

“If you don’t know Nesbo, it’s time to get with it.” USA Today

“Nesbo 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

“A superb thriller. Jo Nesbo is astonishingly good; he knows how to grab you, by the throat and by the heart.” Jeff Abbott

"A masterpiece." Der Spiegel (Germany)

“With Henning Mankell having written his last Wallander novel and Stieg Larsson no longer with us, I have had to make the decision, to my own satisfaction, on whom to confer the title of best current Nordic writer of crime fiction. After finishing Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman, I hesitate no longer. The Norwegian wins. . . . 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.” The Times
 
The Snowman is certainly the most disturbing of Nesbo’s books, with a spine-chilling quality that evokes the English master of the macabre, M.R. James. . . . With its tensile-steel narrative grip, this most ambitious of Nesbø’s crime novels banishes any fears that the omniscient serial killer scenario has been exhausted.” The Independent