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From the bestselling author of the Harry Hole series, comes this short, sharp, shock of a thriller. Blood on Snow: Drugs. Death. Murder. Revenge - and a hitman with two big problems


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 the bestselling author of BAFTA-nominated Headhunters, comes Jo Nesbo’s Blood on Snow.


Deserves to be a smash... A perfectly pitched thriller

Sunday Mirror

[An] incendiary cocktail of murder, revenge and a hitman with multiple problems


Nesbo is in bracing form...gripping


Striking in its simplicity… Nesbo is a writer at the top of his game who continues to amaze in new and confounding ways

Daily Express

The undisputed king of Scandinavian crime fiction...I am so used to the energetic plot twists, fiendish violence and addictive verbosity of Nesbo’s writing that Blood on Snow, with its simplicity, brevity and unlikely poetry, comes as a welcome antidote. It is set in the 1970s, an era of increasing fascination to Nesbo, and has a first-person narrative that provides a window into its protagonist’s lonely, tortured soul

The Times

Pure, bloody, cold, atmospheric and engaging noir


A fine novel ...suspenseful. Blood on Snow has a lot of that romanticised masculinity one finds in for example mafia movies... it’s one of the contributing factors in making the best passages in this novel truly wonderful literature. If I were to highlight one particular quality, it would have to be how beautifully Nesbø has drawn up his main character and how effective Olav’s narrative voice is.

Dagbladet (Norway)

The story echoes many sources, for example mob films, Spaghetti Westerns, hard-boiled crime and social melodrama...The end, especially, is nothing less than a stylistic masterclass

Dagens Näringsliv (Norway)

Jo Nesbø’s unstoppable joy of storytelling has found a new avenue

VG (Norway)

Blood on Snow is Nesbø’s own “pulp fiction”, in two senses. It’s both a tribute to the simple, hard-boiled narrative style from the old days, but there are also parallels with Quentin Tarantino films... Nesbo’s joy of telling stories doesn't leave anything to wish for. As a tribute to the genre, Blood on Snow also succeeds in reminding us that many of these role models had literary qualities that should not be underestimated.

Dagsavisen (Norway)

We loved it


Dark, gruesome and unflinching


[A] relentlessly propulsive thriller

Paul Connolly, 4 stars, Metro

A short, pacy little thriller

Alison Flood, Observer

This book really feels like undiluted essence of Nesbo, a story from the heart, which is among the best he has written

Charlotte Heathcote, 5 stars, Sunday Express

Delivered with simplistic brevity, it will wake you up from a siesta

Natalia Deane, Independent

Delivered with simplistic brevity, it will wake you up from a siesta

Natalia Deane, Independent

A short, sharp shock of a thriller

Miss Dinky

With plotlines aplenty and a compelling cast of characters, this is a hot read for a cold evening.

My Weekly

A wonderful take on the short crime novels of years past, these two are prime examples of how to tell a gripping story in compact form. Among other surprises is the language that’s almost lyrical. Every word counts.

Antti Tuomainen, Big Issue

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Formats & editions

  • EBook


    April 9, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    192 pages

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