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Jo Nesbo is a musician, songwriter, economist, and author. His previous Harry Hole novels include The Redbreast, Nemesis, and The Devil's Star. His books, translated into forty languages, have sold more than six million copies worldwide, and he has received the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (previously awarded to Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell). He lives in Oslo.

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"Jo NesbO 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 NesbO'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 . . . NesbO 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 NesbO 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 NesbO has pulled it off with "The Snowman" . . . [which] establishes him as a writer of rare ingenuity and total confidence." --"Sunday Times" (UK)
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"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 NesbO's plots--brilliantly conceived, carefully worked out, and complicatedly satisfying--that finally make [his books] unputdownable." --"Slate
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"NesbO 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 . . . NesbO'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)

Jo Nesbo 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 Nesbo 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 . . . Nesbo 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 Nesbo 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 Nesbo has pulled it off with The Snowman . . . [which] establishes him as a writer of rare ingenuity and total confidence. Sunday Times (UK)

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 Nesbo s plots brilliantly conceived, carefully worked out, and complicatedly satisfying that finally make [his books] unputdownable. Slate

Nesbo 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 . . . Nesbo 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)
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"Jo Nesbo 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 Nesbo'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 . . . Nesbo 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 Nesbo 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 Nesbo has pulled it off with The Snowman . . . [which] establishes him as a writer of rare ingenuity and total confidence." --Sunday Times (UK)

"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 Nesbo's plots--brilliantly conceived, carefully worked out, and complicatedly satisfying--that finally make [his books] unputdownable." --Slate

"Nesbo 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 . . . Nesbo'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)

On a cold Norwegian night, a young boy named Jonas wakes to find his mother missing from their home. Outside, in Jonas's yard, stands a solitary snowman wearing his mother's favorite scarf. Brought in to investigate the disappearance is frayed-around-the-edges police detective Harry Hole, who soon learns he's dealing with a serial killer calling himself the Snowman. As Hole delves into the case, he begins to suspect the Snowman has been murdering women for years. And to make matters worse the killer has chosen Hole as his opponent in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with twists and turns designed to drive the detective insane. Robin Sachs's cool, matter-of-fact narration fits the somber tone of Nesbo's thriller, his near whisper of a voice pulling the listener into the story as Hole desperately follows every lead in his efforts to stop the Snowman from killing again. Although Sachs skillfully brings all the book's characters to life, his portrayal of Hole shines the brightest: his depiction of Nesbo's nonconformist, borderline alcoholic, world-weary detective will leave listeners hungry for the next audiobook in the series. A Knopf hardcover. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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