Monday, 13 April 2015

Blood on Snow: A Novel by Jo Nesbo

Blood on Snow
A Novel
by Jo Nesbo

Hardcover, 224 pages

First of all - if you have never read Jo Nesbo - immediately collect every single one of his books. Then we can chat about how incredibly amazing, intelligent, dark, witty and kinda twisted he is. You know, in a fascinating, can't possibly go to sleep til this book is done sort of way.

Fans of the Harry Hole series will have to remind themselves that this is a departure. Okay, there is still killing, there is always killing, but this killer is much like Dostoyevsky's Idiot (or Fool) in that feeling that he is less than intelligent, some how grasps more than the average person. Or Voltaire's Candide. Or Forrest Gump. Only a killer. By trade.

It does read like a song or poem or "lyrical meditation". The heart bobs and sways with the prose of this short book that is fundamentally different than Nesbo's others, yet just as intense. And just as satisfying. True fans will devour this in one day.

If you read one Jo Nesbo book - you have to read them all.

From the Back Flap:

From the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Hole novels--a new, electrifying stand-alone thriller set in Oslo in the 1970s: the story of an unusually complicated contract killer--the perfectly sympathetic antihero--that is, as well, an edgy, almost lyrical meditation on death and love.

Olav lives the lonely life of a fixer.

When you 'fix' people for a living -
terminally - it's hard to get close to anyone.

Now he's finally met the woman of his dreams.

But there are two problems.

She's his boss's wife.

And Olav's just been hired to kill her.

Jo Nesbø’s books have been translated into forty-seven languages. He is the author of the Harry Hole series, as well as The Son, Headhunters and several children’s books. He has received the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. He is also a musician, songwriter, and economist and lives in Oslo.