Blood on Snow

Blood on Snow

Large Print - 2015
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From the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Hole novels--a fast, tight, darkly lyrical stand-alone novel that has at its center the perfectly sympathetic antihero: an Oslo contract killer who draws us into an unexpected meditation on death and love.

This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented "fixer" for one of Oslo's most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller's hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an "innate talent for subordination" but running through his veins is a "virus" born of the power over life and death. And while his latest job puts him at the pinnacle of his trade, it may be mutating into his greatest mistake. . . .


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780804194884
Characteristics: 163 pages ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew), - Translator

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pacdg
Sep 18, 2016

easy read with engaging twists despite several unbelievable pieces

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violet_owl_239
Jun 16, 2016

A quick read from a killer's perspective. Surprisingly unlike Jo Nesbo's other novels.

ChristchurchLib May 08, 2016

Olav is a soft-hearted criminal limited by his skills; the only thing he's got any talent for is "fixing" problems -- which means killing people at the request of his heroin kingpin boss. Unfortunately, he's been assigned to kill his boss' wife...and whether he does or doesn't, he's in the dangerous position of knowing rather too much about his employer. And that's before he falls in love with his target. Set in Oslo in the 1970s, this "jewel of a novel" (Booklist) was followed by Midnight Sun, which shares its setting.

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SUSANBUC
Jan 30, 2016

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TRNaus
Sep 19, 2015

Jo Nesbø spins a tale that is more (and less) than it appears. It is a much shorter story than I expected -- think novella rather than novel. Olav is a "fixer" for the Oslo underworld, but his most recent contract proves to be his most dangerous.

The anti-hero is a surprisingly complicated and relate-able character. He portrays himself simple-minded with little formal education, yet I found myself laughing at how much he knows through his eclectic reading (and how often he downplays it). His philosophical musings are a product of his troubled upbringing, brutal occupation and shaky confidence with interpersonal relationships.

The real beauty of the book, however, is the methodical building of a multi-layered story around how Olav sees the world and how he wishes to see the world. It becomes a struggle to distinguish between reality and fantasy in his carefully crafted world of deception, violence and love.

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MildredT
Aug 15, 2015

I had relatively low expectations for this book, because it lacks Harry Hole but I think it was my favorite Jo Nesbo story yet. It is a fast read but is ultimately satisfying in the way that it ends. It is elegant in its simplicity, honesty, and reality.

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davemac
Aug 12, 2015

Quite different from Nesbo's other books, I found it lacking in depth and mystery. I also found it to be stilted. It reminded me of "Drive" by James Sallis. His books usually have depth, complexity and rich atmosphere and then with "Drive" he went down a similar terse and bleak road.

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gloryb
Jul 22, 2015

Not a Harry Hole mystery. Excellent translation by Neil Smith. One reads in the papers how drug dealers kill one another in gang wars. Nesbo develops a story around such facts, but provides his own answers to questions about Why, How, What Happened. After all, he is a storyteller who controls the storyline. The book is not long, just as the life of people caught up in drug warfare is not long.

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jazpur
Jun 25, 2015

I'm a bit ambivalent about this one. Short and to the point, lacking the complexity and depth of his Harry Hole series but an interesting storyline for all that.

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hajia
Jun 20, 2015

This is the 1st book I read by Jo Nesbo. I plan to read one of his Harry Hole books just so I can ensure that I give him another chance. I found this one to be quite stilted and boring. Normally I would check it under my "suspense-mystery" or "thriller" shelf, but it simply felt too flat to for either of them. To quote another review which sums it up nicely "This story passed through my fingers as lightly as falling snow, and I will forget it as soon as it touches the ground."

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