Blood on Snow

Blood on Snow

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780345814616
Branch Call Number: FICTION NES
Characteristics: 207 pages ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew), - Translator


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List - Cold Cases
Liesel_C Jun 09, 2017

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 »

List - Best Mysteries of 2015
Tyler__J Dec 15, 2015

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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ArapahoeAnnaL Jun 22, 2018

The simple style suits character, setting, and plot - stark and bleak. Nesbo's genius is to make us care deeply. Booklist and Library Journal starred reviews.

May 09, 2018

I am a (in a Donald Trump voice) HUGE Jo Nesbo fan. His first 5 are just rocking. I think he wanted to try something different here. It is like a short story. Killer doesnt kill the wife, and the wife falls in love with him... Aaaahhhhh.... MMMmmmmmm.... Don't like that at all. Some very good parts of the story though. Just a quick short read... 2-3 days.

Jan 15, 2018

I wanted to like this one so bad, but it didn't happen. Nesbo is good, but not great in my humble opinion

Sep 18, 2016

easy read with engaging twists despite several unbelievable pieces

Jun 16, 2016

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

May 13, 2016

Nesbo said this was a love story - seems a bit buried if that is true. A fixer (hit man) caught between drug lords. Usual Nesbo violence with a main character who has room for development in future books. Very short - more of a novella.

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.

Jan 30, 2016


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.

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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Jul 17, 2018

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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