When Jo Nesbo won the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel in 1997, it instantly put him in stellar company alongside the likes of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and Peter Høeg. Indeed, Scandinavia has proven a rich breeding ground for crime novels that feature journalists. Jo Nesbo's career had all the formative elements to make him a keen observer and imaginer, having worked as a freelance journalist and a stockbroker as well as attending the Norwegian School of Economics. His first crime novel, The Bat, featured Harry Hole, a detective who is sent to Australia to investigate the murder of a Norwegian gap year backpacker. After the success of this debut, Nesbo devoted time to his other passion as the lead singer and songwriter of his rock band 'di Derre'. On returning to writing, the Harry Hole character was reintroduced to the audience, and the series has become a huge success, selling nine million copies across the globe and being particularly hard to shift from European best-seller lists.
In 2010, The Snowman featured in the Autumn Richard and Judy Book Club and was just one of a number of Jo Nesbo books to take the UK market by storm, all of which, we are very proud to say, are stocked by WHSmith.
Jon is on the run. He has betrayed Oslo's biggest crime lord: the Fisherman. Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway, to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary among a local religious sect. Hiding out in a shepherd's cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between him and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother and her young son, Knut. But while Lea provides him with a rifle and Knut brings essential supplies, the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity. And then he discovers that the Fisherman's men are getting closer...
Interview with Jo Nesbo
In this exclusive interview with Richard and Judy, Jo Nesbo discusses his approach to writing The Snowman- the 5th novel in the Harry Hole series. Fresh from his recent FBI training course, Harry Hole returns to Oslo to investigate links between murder cases. He soon realises that at each murder scene a Snowman appears.
Nesbo emphasises the importance of a well-informed synopsis prior to writing this chilling novel, as well as the perspective of the author when writing. A well-informed synopsis is vital for Nesbo in its role of substantiating and solidifying his characters and plots which, in turn, results in the fulfilment of Nesbo’s aim of the author seemingly ‘re-telling a story’ rather than creating it as the story goes on. Additionally, regarding the author perspective, once he achieves this natural flow of story-telling, he seeks to adopt the perspective of himself as a child, captivating those emotive moments that strike intense fear.