Today I started THE SNOWMAN, a recent book by an author I've been meaning to read for quite a while now; Norwegain crime maestro Jo Nesbø.
Having heard lots of great things about Nesbø, I'm really looking forward to sampling one of his Inspector Harry Hole stories for myself. Much has been made of the Scandinavian surge in crime writing, but while much of the focus has been on the Swedes, there is plenty of quality crime being produced by the other Nordic nations, and Nesbø seems to be moving from 'appreciated by the connoissers' to wider public attention now, particularly in countries like the United States.
There were rumblings that Nesbø might have been coming downunder later this year, perhaps to attend a books festival or two in Australia and New Zealand, but I understand that plan may have now fallen through, which is a real shame. Those of us down here will just have to make do with his writing for now - which isn't too bad a consolation prize!
The publisher's blurb for THE SNOWMAN says: "The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother's pink scarf. Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears Harry's suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game. For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity. "
I am very much looking forward to reading it.
Have you read THE SNOWMAN? Or any of Jo Nesbø's other books? What do you think? Are you a fan of Scandinavian crime? Want to give it a go? Sick of the Swedes? Don't know what the fuss is about? Thoughts and comments welcome