Name: Blood on Snow
Author: Jo Nesbø
Number of Pages: 208 (Paperback)
Published: 9th April 2015 by Harvill Secker
Genre: Crime, Mystery
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 Goodreads
I’ve read a few of the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbø and really enjoyed them, so was quite excited when I found this book.
Blood on Snow is the story of a ‘fixer’, Olav, a hitman working for a drug dealer in Oslo. Having discovered himself lacking in other areas suited to various criminal activities Olav finds himself more than capable of ‘fixing’ people for his boss. Things take a twist when Olav receives his next job which is to ‘fix’ his boss’ wife. As he prepares for the job he finds himself falling for the very women he’s been hired to kill, which leads him onto another path altogether, one with consequences he could never have imagined and see him end up with a target on his own back.
It’s a fairly direct plot, tightly written, which I enjoyed for a change as I usually read really long books, and Olav as a character was really intriguing. He’s a successful assassin, yet he has a softer side and a capacity for love that leads him into trouble, especially where this latest job is concerned. He has battled dyslexia and has a love for the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, and details how he imagined that story, only with his own variations to the plot. I think many readers may find this relatable.
Olav is quite an endearing character in a dangerous situation and that’s what makes the story so readable.