The Snowman continues the adventures of Inspector Harry Hole. I like Harry, but I can't say that I liked this book. The murders are senseless and gruesome. It is less a mystery than a patchwork of murders intended for shock value. The killer's motivation didn't work for me.
I like Harry, I really do. He is an antihero, a flawed individual; still, I wish he'd clean up his act a little. His character never grows within a novel; in fact, it hasn't grown from novel to novel. Harry goes on the wagon occasionally, and he falls off, often spectacularly. Even if alcoholism is a permanent part of his personality, it would be nice if it didn't take prominence in every novel.
So...even though I do like the character, I'm not entirely happy with him, and the plot of this novel (red herrings included) is just way over the top. The last bit, the part with Rakel in jeopardy, was beyond my ability to take seriously. My image of the scene with Rakel and the snowman is almost funny.
I've enjoyed the previous novels I've read by Nesbo, but this one, not so much.
Fiction. Mystery/Crime. Eng. trans. 2011. 400 pages.