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.
Jo Nesbo does like his troubled protagonists and in Olav, a fixer for hire, he certainly has another one! Blood on Snow is a standalone story measuring just 200 pages and is over before you know it so if you’re looking for a quick Norwegian fix then look no further.
A dark novel by nature, it does have glimpses of light thanks mainly by his infatuation with Corina Hoffmann, his target. Olav’s voice is strong throughout and the short novel is insular but moves along at a fairly rapid pace. The narrative is typically Nesbo and is both poetic and descriptive, helping to pull the reader in from beginning to end.
Although an enjoyable novel this is no Harry Hole novel and doesn’t have the history we know and love but Olav is a curious character who does have depth. A dyslexic, he struggles with his writing and does appear to some to be a rather simple character but misjudge at your peril and you will pay the ultimate price. He does show glimpses of being a clever fixer without being overly intelligent and is ridiculed by those he comes into contact with.
There are a few nice and unexpected surprises towards the end as Nesbo wraps things up rather neatly and I couldn’t help but enjoy the references to The Snowman, a book that still remains one of my favourite novels I’ve read.
Slick, poetic and dark, Blood on Snow is an enjoyable short story, one that continues to keep the reader highly invested in Norwegian crime, something Nesbo does rather well!
- Hardcover:208 pages
- Publisher:Harvill Secker (9 April 2015)