Snømannen – The Snowman
August 29, 2010

Given it is a Bank Holiday weekend, and a very blustery one at that, rather than toiling in the garden, as planned, I have spent most of today devouring the final third of Jo Nesbø’s Snowman (that is, his book of that title!)

I had been on the hunt for a few paperbacks to sustain me in deepest Rwanda, to be read by torchlight whilst cocooned within my protective mosquito net during the long dark evenings, when I came upon this title.

The Snowman was being heavily promoted in a couple of book shops, as comparable to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, so I thought I’d try it.

The only similarity seems to be that they are both extremely well crafted investigative thrillers in Nordic settings.  

It transpires that The Snowman is Nesbø’s fifth book (translated from the original Norwegian by Don Bartlett) featuring Oslo cop Harry Hole.

I found Harry Hole very reminiscent of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus, a rugged but shrewd investigator, a flawed anti-establishment figure with a drink problem.

Hole and his supporting cast are extremely well drawn and within the first twenty pages the enthralling plot had hooked me in to such an extent that I immediately went in search of the earlier titles.

Book two in the series, Nemesis, and book four, The Redeemer, are now securely stashed away in my suitcase whilst I battle with the temptation to start reading one of them straight away. I hope they live up to expectations.