Harry Hole, the Norwegian police detective, has a mold problem in his apartment, and I’m wondering if this has anything to do with the cold-blooded murderer he is tracking. Of course, the killer has sent him a note too – a clue that will lead to the Snowman.
With his intrepid team, Harry pursues the killer, as more body parts – and snowmen – appear in the cold Norwegian landscape at each new snowfall; one shows up in a freezer; another on an ice rink. The deadly pursuit keeps going, and sometimes it’s hard to keep all the victims and suspects straight. One of my favorite characters is Tresko- the poker-player with the terrible foot odor - tåfis (literally means toe fish, but Harry Hole calls it toe-fart), who spots the liar’s “tells” by observing the potential killer on TV.
“What separates the best from the rest is the ability to read others.”
Every time I think it’s over, it’s not, and the story has another exciting twist. The killer is evil with a vendetta - and the suspense is killing me.
Although this tale is from Norway, the gruesome details resemble Swedish writer Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, but Harry Hole has been around in Jo Nesbø’s fiction since 1997. This was my first encounter with the Oslo investigator, but five others preceded The Snowman - with the next in this exciting series already translated and ready for release - The Leopard.