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Blood on Snow Paperback – 2015
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Praise for Jo Nesbø and Blood on Snow
“[A] tangled tale with a fateful twist.” —The Boston Globe
“Nesbø’s much-heralded gifts are on display—using his talent for conjuring the chilly Munch-like atmospherics of Oslo in the winter and his eye for grisly, alarming details that slam home the horror of the evil that men do.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[An] incendiary cocktail of murder, revenge and a hitman with . . . problems.” —The Independent (London)
“Dark, intense, and bone chilling.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Quick, entertaining. . . . [An] excursion to a slightly different corner of the criminal underworld, where death and love become tangled together in the cold, dark streets.” —Paste Magazine
“In the crowded field of Scandinavian crime fiction, Nesbø’s books stand out. . . . [He] likes to rip plots up . . . to play with the conventions of his genre.” —The New Yorker
“Noiry and pulpy: Nesbø’s gorgeously rendered images of snow, and of the titular blood on snow . . . are crying out to be filmed.” —The Guardian (London)
“[Blood on Snow] moves along swiftly in the carefully controlled voice of the killer. And before you know it, you’re in the middle of one of the wildest scenes in recent crime fiction . . . where there’s hardly any place to duck, just as in this entertaining novel, when the bullets fly.” —All Things Considered/NPR
“Nesbø is a master storyteller, gripping the reader from the first page.” —Daily Express (London)
“I am the world’s greatest living crime writer. [Jo Nesbø] is a man who is snapping at my heels like a rabid pit bull poised to take over my mantle when I dramatically pre-decease him.” —James Ellroy
“Nesbø 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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
JO NESBO is a musician, songwriter, economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, and Phantom, and he is also the author of several stand-alone novels and the Doctor Proctor series of children's books. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
Olav tells us his story. He narrates the book and the day to day activities. Olav is not stupid, he is good at his job and tries to think everything through. He does have a softer side to him, he has helped a family of a man he killed. He gives them money out of some sort of kindness. Olav's father was a brute, he would beat Olav's mother and she would take it. Olav often wondered if he had his father's mean side in him.
We met Olav when his boss, Hoffman, wants Olav to kill Hoffman's wife. Olav is not sure he wants this job, but he signs up. He follows the wife and has a plan. This leads to one crazy and wild day, and as you read, the scene opens up into one of the most harrowing and strangest scenes you may read.
Jo Nesbo has written a book that is so good, you will be wondering why it ended so quickly. A lot of thought and characterization is thread into this book. Olav, The Fixer, becomes one of those people
you come to like in some sort of strange parallel. All of the characters are memorable, all of the scenes memorable, and the final scene tops them all. Scandanavian noir at its best.
Recommended. prisrob 04-12-15
It is about a hit man named Olav- which didn;t seem to be something I was too excited about - but I really liked the book. And I liked Olav. Nesbo made Olav "real" - hauntingly real. Even the way the book begins has a haunting quality to it. Olav is a simple, and complicated person at the same time. He can kill for a price - and yet he cares deeply about people who get the "short end of the stick"
I read it in one day - one sitting. Well okay, I did get up and get a cup of tea
I will reread it - and I will think about Olav a lot
Anyway, the story wasn't that great. It wasn't horrible. It was just too short and a month later... I don't recall much of the book (which speaks volumes in itself). I totally loved all the Harry Hole novels (in fact - each one got better as the series progressed). I also thought The Son (not Harry Hole) was one of his best!
With “Blood on Snow” – Nesbo has introduced another flawed character, Olav. He’s a fixer…in that he kills people for money in order to “fix” problems for his boss. Olav is almost a killer with a heart of gold – the reader almost can’t help but feel sorry for him and root for him even as he murders people without much emotional distress.
This very short novel reads almost like a fairy tale. Olav put me in mind of the characters of Quasimodo or even the Frankenstein monster – beings so far removed from normal human life that they seem doomed to lose even as they yearn for love. The book is dreamlike and yet extremely violent. Is heartbreaking as it is coldly calculating. Nesbo toys with the reader’s emotions as much as he manipulates their impressions of events.
“Blood on Snow” did not engross me the way the Harry Hole books did – but it was a short reminder of what I love about them and about the characters that Jo Nesbo brings to life.