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When the first snow falls, Harry Hole is confronted by a terrifying murderer who will push him to the edge...

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Soon the first snow will come
A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Outside, he sees her favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman.

And then he will appear again
Detective Harry Hole soon discovers that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years.

And when the snow is gone…
When a second woman disappears, Harry’s worst suspicion is confirmed: a serial killer is operating on his home turf.

…he will have taken someone else

Reviews

This is chilling, spectacular stuff and anyone looking for serious, and seriously compelling, crime writing need look no further

Mark Billingham

One of the stars of contemporary crime fiction

Martin Josephs, The Times

Every now and then, a truly exceptional crime novel come along... This superb novel...deserves comparison with the first volume of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy

Joan Smith, The Sunday Times

Jo Nesbo is my new favourite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero

Michael Connelly

Everything zips along, with some excellent red herrings in a tight plot... Nesbo keeps you turning the pages and if your idea of the perfect crime novel is to see Inspector Rebus investigating killings from The Silence of the Lambs, you'll love this

The Times

Nesbo, in his fifth, most wide-ranging novel, gradually tightens the narrative grip until, throughout the last 100 pages, the reader also finds it hard to breathe

Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard

Many authors know how to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Jo Nesbo's one of the few who keeps them there

Linwood Barclay

Inventive and extremely creepy

Daily Mail

A strong, pacey narrative with plenty of gruesome discoveries

Laura Wilson, The Guardian

The Snowman is a superb thriller. Jo Nesbo is astonishingly good; he knows how to grab you, by the throat and by the heart

Jeff Abbott

Jo Nesbo conjures up such a gripping sense of terror in The Snowman that his tale of a perverted serial killer with a penchant for the titular figures leaves your wits scrambled

Siobhan Murphy, Metro

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  • Paperback

    9781784704759

    October 2, 2017

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    576 pages

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  • Paperback

    9781784700928

    January 2, 2015

    Vintage

    576 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099587156

    September 2, 2013

    Vintage

    560 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099520276

    October 1, 2010

    Vintage

    576 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409089650

    October 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    576 pages

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Police
Phantom
Headhunters
The Leopard
The Redbreast
The Redeemer
The Devil's Star
Nemesis
Large Print: Phantom

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The Thirst
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The 7th Function of Language
The Child
A Stranger in the House
Final Girls
The Girl Who Was Taken
Never Never
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay
Here and Gone
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil
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