The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother
gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet
footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a
snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the
bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother's pink scarf.
"Every now and then, a truly exceptional crime novel come along, something so gripping that it recalls classics such as The Silence of The Lambs. One of Norway's most successful crime writers, Jo Nesbo has pulled it off with The Snowman... This latest novel to be translated into English establishes him as a writer of rare ingenuity and total confidence" -- Joan Smith The Sunday Times "The Snowman is a superb thriller. Jo Nesbo is astonishingly good; he knows how to grab you, by the throat and by the heart " -- Jeff Abbott "This is chilling, spectacular stuff and anyone looking for serious, and seriously compelling, crime writing need look no further" -- Mark Billingham "Chillingly adept...creepy, creepy stuff from the very first page" -- Daneet Steffans Time Out "Nesbo, in his fifth, most wide-ranging novel, gradually tightens the narrative grip until, throughout the last 100 pages, the reader also finds it hard to breathe" -- Mark Sanderson Evening Standard
Jo Nesbo is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Hoeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson). Phantom is the seventh of Nesbo's Harry Hole novels to be translated into English and the first Harry Hole novel to be published after the number-one bestseller, The Leopard. Check out www.jonesbo.co.uk