The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
Stieg Larsson started the Scandanavian mystery craze and Jo Nesbø is the man to keep it going. His troubled police inspector, Harry Hole, is the biggest character to come out the arctic reaches since Lisbeth Salander. He’s dysfunctional, crass and brash, and you can’t help liking him.
Women are disappearing. Most are never found again. Are these random episodes? Did the women leave of their own volition or was something sinister behind their disappearances? Harry Hole is called upon to view a crime scene where a woman was brutally murdered and a few days later to home where a woman disappeared. At both scenes stands a snowman that no one in the household or surrounding houses has made. As Harry looks back to other crime scene reports of cases of missing women more snowmen start popping up. Could the first known serial killer in Norway be stalking women?
This is a series I do not recommend reading from the beginning. I read TheRedbreast, the first in the series, years ago and frankly I didn’t like it. It could have been a bad translation, but I didn’t think I’d be reading another one. I’m glad I decided to give listening (yes, it is great on audio) to another Harry Hole book a try.