Book Review: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Grabbed this one due to it being on an Amazon email about Best Books of some month or other.

The overall story is pretty standard serial killer/murderer vs grizzled alcoholic obsessive cop. Some of the twists and turns are new and some of the scenes are fairly original seeming. The climactic final attack by the villain is, if not original in thought, original in execution. It’s a quick vacation type of read.

Here’s the blurb from Amazon. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot.

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.

As I was reading it I was thinking that it would make a decent movie. Apparently I was not the only one who thought that. Scorsese has been attached to the movie version.

I didn’t realize until looking up pictures of the cover but these are a series of books with the same lead investigator. Harry Hole is a standard anti-hero cop protagonist but he’s intriguing enough to have my interest up in reading another book with him in it.  That, and seeing the author’s photo on his website makes me think he described himself when writing the physical description of Hole.


2 Responses to “Book Review: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo”

  1. Curtal Friar says:

    Sounds interesting. Right now I’m on a sci-fi and fantasy kick, but I’m getting ready to start reading some mysteries. My wife has been reading a series by M.C. Beaton, about a Scottish detective named Hamish MacBeth. The series features titles such as Death Of A Witch, Death Of A Glutton, etc. She loves the series and I’m getting ready to read some of them.

    Outside of that, I plan on rereading The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. I just love the language and style of the hardboiled detective genre.

  2. nursemyra says:

    Harry Hole? gotta love an alliterative name :-)