Blood on Snow
A NovelBook - 2015
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.
From Library Staff
Bestselling Norwegian crime author Jo Nesbø offers a hit man’s account of a job gone wrong. Olav Johansen is a “fixer” for one of Oslo’s most powerful crime bosses, Daniel Hoffmann. But now Hoffmann wants Olav to fix his wife, Corina, and Olav realizes that, whether he accepts or refuses the job,... Read More »
While the story of an Oslo hitman who becomes the target of his former boss is certainly a thriller, the real power in this slim book comes from Nesbo's ability to make Olav the killer a human with desires and frailties we can all identify with.
Jo Nesbo's latest. I swear ever since being captivated by the Stig Larsen trilogy that I know more about the darkness of Scandinavia than any travel books would tell me. Then again it's a different kind of darkness. ~Jay Ingram, science broadcaster and writer.
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Olav is a "fixer" who is capable of impersonal assassinations but also has a soft spot for damsels in distress. After Hoffmann, Olav's boss, asks Olav to kill his wife for him, Olav is worried he will end up knowing too much and become one of Hoffmann's targets himself. In the following days, Olav races to keep a step ahead of the killers he fears are after him, and readers are offered front-row seats to the chase through his first-person narration. As the finish line approaches we begin to wonder exactly how reliable Olav's narration is, as his grasp on the past and the present loosens and conflicting conclusions to the story are offered.
Olav's complexities, idiosyncrasies, and capacity for love make him a compelling and intriguing character despite his work as an assassin. As Christmas approaches in Oslo, with 1977 set to become a record year for its long cold-streak, the chill of the Norwegian winter finds its way into both the content and the tone of this story. Told in a darkly humorous style, this thriller is compelling, engrossing, and fast-paced. Fans of Scandinavian thrillers, novellas, and cat-and-mouse type stories will enjoy this read by one of the masters of the genre.
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