Sunday, July 26, 2015

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

by:  Jo Nesbo
published by:  Knopf
publish date:  April 7, 2015

This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented “fixer” for one of Oslo’s most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller’s hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an “innate talent for subordination” but running through his veins is a “virus” born of the power over life and death. And while his latest job puts him at the pinnacle of his trade, it may be mutating into his greatest mistake. . . .

This book made me sad and aggravated.  Firstly, it was billed as a stand alone novel.  Yay!!  I love stand alone novels.  Then I get on Goodreads and find out it's not a stand alone.  It's the start of a new series.  Seriously??  Secondly, I listened to the audiobook.  The story is narrated by the male main character.  The audiobook was read by a woman.  Does that make sense?  I found it very off putting.

Olav can't do math so he can't be a drug dealer.  He's too tenderhearted to be a pimp.  He's dyslexic so he can't be trusted with anything too complicated.  He is a fixer for the crime bosses.  Basically, he's a contract killer.  He completely screws up one of his jobs and that puts him in the crosshairs of his boss.  Now it's either kill or be killed.

This is a Jo Nesbo series I will not be following.  I didn't care for the story.  I'm irritated by the fact that everything has to be a series.  Why can't anything just be a simple story and that's it, it's over?

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