The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read this because the movie was coming out but now that I've done so, perhaps I don't need to see it on the screen. Hole remains one of the more compelling leads: so very contradictory in nature (is he a drunk? an addict? compassionate? decent? all of the above or none? does it matter?). And while usually it doesn't matter whether you read this series in or out of order - note, I haven't been - I can see where understanding the relationship with Oleg and Rakel would help with the "outside" mystery of his life.
As mysteries go, this isn't bad. A couple of times there were red herrings, and once I found an annoying clue that only Hole sees, not the reader, so there's no way to solve this on your own. Beyond that, far less gruesome than the next book will be, with some nice tinges of local color that really set the books in their place (as opposed to a generic Scandinavian setting, a la Lackburg).