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Published by Knopf, 9 April, 2015. (US) ISBN 978-0-385-35419-6. (HB)
(UK) Published by Harvill Secker, 9 April 2015.
ISBN: 978-1-846-55860-3, (HB)
This novel is offered as a
standalone by the author of the popular Harry Hole series, creating a new, very
different type of protagonist, a contract killer with a convoluted personality
full of paradoxes. His name is Olav Johansen and he is a solitary person
who acts as a fixer, getting rid of persons his pimp boss wishes to remove from
the living world.
After establishing a pretty good picture of Olav as
a person, the beginning of a extraordinary plot evolves. His boss, who
controls both prostitution and heroin rackets in Oslo, tells Olav to kill his
wife, creating a dilemma for the fixer. In researching the wife‘s
activities preparatory to killing her, he instead falls in love with his
intended victim. And this leads to further ramifications later on, not to
be revealed in this review.
Although the publisher suggests the novel is a
standalone, there is information that there is a sequel, “Midnight Sun,
Blood on Snow Part Two,” scheduled to be published in the UK come
November, and that a third novel is anticipated also featuring Olav. The
novels are supposedly being published under Jo Nesbo’s alter ego name, Tom
Johansen (note the use of the surname for Olav as well). But what’s in a
name when the true writer is Jo Nesbo, who gives us such wonderful plots,
written with intensity, and characters who provide us with charm, amusement and
------ Reviewer:Ted Feit
Jo Nesbøis a Norwegian author and musician. He was born 29 March
1960 in Oslo, Norway. As of March 2014
more than 3 million copies of his novels have been sold in Norway, and his work
has been translated into over 40 languages, selling 23 million copies.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.