The Snowman (Harry Hole Series #7) (Movie Tie-In Edition)

The Snowman (Harry Hole Series #7) (Movie Tie-In Edition)


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ISBN-13: 9780525434870
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Harry Hole Series , #7
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 821,681
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, and 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. He lives in Oslo.

Don Bartlett has translated many Norwegian works, including the novels by Jo Nesbø. He lives in England with his family.

Robin Sachs's career as an actor in film, television, and stage spanned two continents, having moved to the United States from his native England in 1991. His credits include Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliasDynastyRob Roy, and Chessgame on television and Galaxy QuestNorthforkThe Lost World: Jurassic ParkMegalodon, and Ocean’s Eleven in film. He also worked extensively in voice-over, animation, and on the London stage. He passed away in February 2013.

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Reading Group Guide

The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading group’s discussion of The Snowman, Jo Nesbø’s latest novel in the Harry Hole Detective series.

1. The Snowman begins with a disturbing scene set in 1980, more than two decades before the events that follow. How does the opening establish the mood of the rest of the novel? What recurring themes and motifs does it introduce?

2. In what ways does the investigative team—Magnus Skarre, Katrine Bratt, and Bjorn Holm—represent the different viewpoints and skills involved in police work? What do the details about their demeanor and interests (for example, the description of Bratt and the profile of Holm) as well as their reactions to Harry’s presentation of the case convey about their personalities?

3. Rakel, Skarre, and Hagen offer succinct descriptions of Harry and what motivates him. Can Harry’s “anger and the desire for revenge” and his history of alcoholism be attributed to his experiences as a police detective or are they personal flaws?

4. Do you agree with Hagen’s comparison between Harry and military leaders and his assertion that "There’s a strong social urge in man to be needed. . . . You want this case to be special. You want it so much that you can see the blackest of the black"?

5. What does Harry’s relationship with Rakel and especially with Oleg reveal about him? What personal principles, emotions, and values underlie his attachment to them? What incidents in the investigation also capture this side of him?

6. To what extent do the police rely on standard assumptions about the disappearance or deaths of women in their approach to solving the crimes? Do the circumstances of the individual women—including their relationships with their husbands and children and their reputations within the community—influence the direction of the investigations?

7. The murdered women all had secrets. Discuss the reasons for or explanations of Sylvia Ottersen’s, Eli Kvale’s, and Birte Becker’s lies and deceptions. What does their behavior demonstrate about their sense of power—or lack of power—in their marriages? What moral questions arise in each case?

8. The journalist and TV pundit Arve Stop says, “as a pressman and a liberalist I have principles to consider. The issue here is whether I, as a declared anti-establishment watchdog, should unconditionally make my services available to the ruling power’s forces of law and order” and goes on to say, “I promise to assist in any way I am able . . . If you in the force assist us." Does this passage accurately illustrate the relationship between the police and the media? Can you offer real-life examples of cases that indicate cooperation, either blatant or covert, between them? Are there situations in which such collaboration is helpful?

9. During the investigation several people come under suspicion. Are the suspicions in each case supported by credible arguments and evidence? Which suspects seemed to you the most likely to have committed the murders and why?

10. How does Nesbø set the stage for the encounter between Bratt and Avre Stop? What aspects of Bratt’s personality—and of Stop’s—enable her to manipulate the dangerous course of events?

11. What characteristics, good and bad, does Harry share with Rafto? In what ways are their careers similar? How do they compare to other fictional detectives in classic and contemporary literature?

12. What are the major turning points in the investigation? What do the twists in the plot demonstrate about the interplay of routine procedures and intuition in solving the murders? Discuss why Harry attributes his identification of the killer to “a fluke. An atypical fluke” and what this implies about the nature of criminal investigations.

13. What drives the killer’s decision to “leave clear clues, show them the connections, give them the bigger picture”? In what ways do the killer’s actions and motivation conform to your beliefs or knowledge about serial murderers, both fictional and real? Consider such factors as psychological problems caused by childhood traumas; the possession of above-average intelligence; the ability to charm others; and the sense of superiority often associated with such criminals.

14. Harry’s mentor Stale Aune, says, “The more aged I become, the more I tend to the view that evil is evil, mental illness or not. We’re all more or less disposed to evil . . . we’re all sick with personality disorders. And our actions define how we are." To what extent do the characters in the novel—victims, suspects, and members of the police, including Harry—struggle with “personality disorders”? In your opinion, does some degree of mental illness explain most, if not all, criminal behavior?

15. What techniques does Nesbo use to control the pace and tension of the narrative? Discuss the effect of the flashbacks that interrupt the on-going investigation; Harry’s private moments with Oleg and Rakel; the casual interactions among the police team; and the detailed, graphic accounts of crimes and the discovery of bodies.

16. Do the descriptions of life in Norway—from the weather to the rivalry between the cities Oslo and Bergen, to discussions of crime and other societal problems—enhance the novel? What function do the references to the American elections and culture serve?

17. Jo Nesbø is one of several Scandinavian crime fiction authors who are increasingly popular in this country. In what ways does The Snowman, well as works by Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, and Maj Sjöwall, differ from American thrillers? What qualities, if any, distinguish Harry and his colleagues from the detectives depicted in American books, television shows, and movies?

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TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! I am loving Scandinavian crime fiction and Nesbø is a master storyteller. There's just something about the texture and mood of his writing that appeals to me. The story begins in Oslo with a young boy waking up to the first snow of the season. His mother is missing, and in her place is a snowman, wearing her scarf. As Harry is called in to investigate, another woman is reported missing and the pattern is repeated. Each time, the snowman becoming more gruesome than the last. Harry is an interesting character and constantly evolving. His personal life is always stressed in some way and he's always teetering on the edge of destruction. Sometimes he's on the wagon (recovering alcoholic) and other times he caves to his weaknesses, but this is what I love about Harry. Professionally, there is never anyone else more suited to the job, yet you wonder if he will ever pull it together and as a reader, you cheer him on and hope for the best. I can't think of any other time when I've cheered a detective on. I got my coworker to read it and he's come in here three times to tell me who the killer is, and each time he's been wrong! Nesbø is so good at what he does. If you've never read Scandinavian crime fiction, give this series a try. The only challenge is that some of the books are not currently available in the US. That's why Jill and I had to read them out-of-order, but The Book Depository has a few of them (they ship for free) and you might be able to get some of them from other sources. I am hoping that once the entire series has been released someone will publish them as a complete set. It sounds like a hassle to seek these books out but you won't be sorry if you do.
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
Jo Nesbo writes great thrillers. I highly recommend them to anyone who enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In fact I would say that the characters he creates are far more compelling than Stieg Larsson's. If you don't like the price, don't buy the book and don't give a poor review because of pricing.
ezabeta More than 1 year ago
How is 12.99 not considered cheaper than the hardcover price of over 25? And publishers set pricing, bookstores merely play along to make sure they have the book to offer you in the first place. Lastly: do not RATE the books poorly because you are unhappy with the pricing. Rate them by their merit as reading material. Last year I spent $24 on a Nesbo paperback because I knew it was worth the cost of importing from Canada.
Lynie More than 1 year ago
One of the finest Scandinavian policemen, Harry Hole, is back is this new release from Nesbo. During the first snow of the season in Oslo, a young boy wakes up to find his mother has disappeared. Outside of his window there is a new snowman wearing his mother's scarf. Harry Hole and Katrine Bratt are investigating the disappearance when another woman goes missing during a new snowfall, and again, a snowman suddenly appears. But this time, the killer has added part of the woman's body to his icy sculpture. Harry received a strange letter months earlier that made reference to snowmen and a serial killer from early in his career. He realizes that the anonymous letter is connected to these new murders but he doesn't yet know what the connection is. As the investigation and murders continue, it's apparent that the killer is taunting Harry personally. With his bosses and the press breathing down his neck, the race is on to find the killer. Nesbo continues to paint Hole as an intelligent and intuitive investigator, but at the same time a lonely and damaged man. Harry still struggles with his drinking problem and his relationship with Rakel is all but over. She has moved on, but Harry is having trouble letting go, in part because of the sexual tension between them. Darker than Nesbo's previous novels, THE SNOWMAN is a stunning and complex mystery that deserves to go to the top of your reading list. P.S.: I wish people would stop leaving low ratings because of price. It's so unfair to the authors who write these great books for us. Lynn Kimmerle
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
Great book. Nesbo is fantastic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great and absorbing read. I was able to live with the gore because the telling was so grear.
GreenEyedReader More than 1 year ago
An avid reader,I was drawn to this novel after reading the Steig Larsen trilogy. It proved to be better than I expected! I did like the Larsen trio but The Snowman was better. It is better absorbed, maybe more easily read; less characters and locations to follow. It's gripping-had me reading well into the night- and had me guessing who the "culprit" was throughout(I didn't guess correctly!) .I have suggested this to several people who have read the Larson series and am waiting for their reviews. I am definitely looking at the other novels by Nesbo.
Erin Wojciechowski More than 1 year ago
I do not spook easily when it comes to scary books...but this book paints a thrilling picture that would keep me up at night. Lost sleep because I did not want to put it down.
oSOURCE More than 1 year ago
Jo Nesbo has definitely found a place in my library, however the book was a little too long for me. I would not have minded if it had been just one long mystery, but in this book they found the killer way to many times.
LDVV More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a complex psychological mystery that is eerie with great character development, this is for you. My first Jo Nesbo book. Now I know why so many recommended it to me.
marc-medios More than 1 year ago
Dragged a bit. Would buy it again though
legacy5 More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. I am a mystery lover and there haven't been too many mysteries released lately that have held my interest. I'm interested in reading more of Jo Nesbo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thrilling, frightening, twisting story. Couldn't put it down. My first book from this author. I will definitely be reading more from Jo Nesbo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whens the next part coming out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RaeLM More than 1 year ago
Jo Nesbo has done it again! Harry Hole is back at solving crimes while nursing a broken heart. The plot is super and the details give a clear picture of what is happening while Harry is trying to solve a murder(s). Go, go Jo Nesbo!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's not often that you come across a novel so well done in so many respects. Believable, fully realized characters, intricate plotting and a truly riveting climax. A deeply satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I bought about five more Nesbo books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jo Nesbo in general writes convincing stuff. I've read a few of his books in this series with inspector Hole and haven't gotten bored yet. The character's are likable and the his stories are believable. There is a little suspension of disbelief that you have to accept just like most books of this type but it's not so bad you roll your eyes and think he went too far with it. Overall his writing is pretty tight and has a contemporary feel. I hope this helps you in your decision to read this book or not.
buttons0 More than 1 year ago
This book was great !!! Page turner big time! Could not put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you start reading Nesbo you'll never be able to stop!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed listening to this during my commute to and from work. I liked the unexpected twists & turns in this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read! Keeps you guessing until the last chapter. Literally couldn't put this book down. In the very beginning I was a little confused because it jumps around a bit, but once the story unfolds you're hooked! I didn't mind that the author went into so much specific detail as some of the other reviewer have, but I just got done reading Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The books have a very slight resemblance to one another. Terrific book, can't wait to ready more!