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Krev na sněhu

(Blood on Snow #1)

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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  19,749 ratings  ·  2,126 reviews
Nedokáže jezdit autem pomalu, je měkký jako máslo, příliš snadno se zamilovává, jestliže se rozčilí, ztrácí hlavu a je mizerný v matematice. Něco málo přečetl, ale moc toho neví a rozhodně nemá takové znalosti, které by byly k něčemu užitečné. A píše pomaleji, než roste stalaktit. K čemu se tedy hodí? Je skvělý zabiják. Nemusí přitom jezdit autem, zabíjí většinou lidi, kte ...more
Hardcover, FLEET, 154 pages
Published June 2015 by Kniha Zlín (first published October 2nd 2014)
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Shawn Interesting reaction. This is classic noir, folks. Complex, ruthless hitman with the capacity to love. Troubled background. Femme fatale, Rival crime…moreInteresting reaction. This is classic noir, folks. Complex, ruthless hitman with the capacity to love. Troubled background. Femme fatale, Rival crime bosses. Dark, shadowy streets. You can all but hear the mournful sax serenading the snowflakes. Nods to Andrew Vachss, Jim Thompson, and Dashiell Hammet. Really good stuff. I thought his little experiment with the first person narrative was his most lyrical novel(la?) yet. In such a few pages, Nesbo created one of the most complex characters in his oeurve. I can't say that I would have paid the full $23.95 for this book (I bought it $0.01 on Amazon), but I can say that all the negative feedback is a bit overdone. Glad I took the chance on it and didn't pay attention to all shrill criticism. Could it have been marketed differently? Sure. probably should have been a selection in a collection of Nesbo novellas. But was it a great story? Absolutely. (less)
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Evgnossia O'Hara
Can someone explain to me what happened in this story?
Lyn
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hit man with a heart.

A Norwegian hit man to be more exact. From the best-selling author of the fabulously well to do Harry Hole series, Jo “I can write like Mickey Spillane when I want to” Nesbo, his 2014 fast paced novella (translated into Murican by Neil Smith) is a fun departure from his Hole mystery writing.

Not a Scandinavian murder mystery, but most definitely still Nordic Noir. This is a dark and gritty journey into underworld Oslo. Set in the late 70s, Nesbo leads us into the shadowy world of Norsk crime
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Diane
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Nesbø book, so I didn't know what to expect. It's a fast read, but it felt like a first draft of a novella, rather than a completed work.

Blood on Snow is the story of a "fixer" named Olav, which means he's a contract killer. Olav has a dry sense of humor and says killing is the only thing he's good at.

"To sum up, let's put it like this: I'm no good at driving slowly, I'm way too soft, I fall in love far too easily, I lose my head when I get angry, and I'm bad at math. I've read a
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James Thane
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This relatively slim novel is a stand-alone from Jo Nesbo, the creator of the great series featuring Norwegian homicide detective Harry Hole. The protagonist is a contract killer named Olav who works for a crime boss in Oslo. Olav is one of the best "fixers" in the business and approaches his work with a cold-blooded efficiency until he is given the job of killing a woman who has taken a lover, thus infuriating her husband.

In preparation for the hit, Olav watches the woman for severa
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Nesbo's as usually exhausting the reader with his over-the-top imagery, blood-bath-ery, badassery, and every other kind of assery unimaginable out there.

Who would imagine getting chatty with their victim since the murder happens right before Christmas?

Overall, hilarious. I wonder, what's with JN that his characters are always so very entertainingly messed up.

Q:
I don’t know why, but the old man who was behind the counter of the post office when we went in was in a b
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Michael
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, norway, thriller, fiction
A surprisingly satisfying tale of a hitman with a human heart and the capacity to take risks out of love and an emerging sense of justice. This stand-alone novella from the author of the popular series about Norwegian detective Harry Hole gives you the interior view of the minimalist life of Olav, who has the job as “fixer” for a powerful gangster in Oslo. He acquired the position by default after inadequacies in other positions such as pimp or getaway driver. The few people he had to kill were ...more
Carol
An enjoyable (and very dark) read with a sympathetic anti-hero.
Brandon
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Hard Case Crime
Shelves: fiction, ebook, noir, 2015
My first experience with Jo Nesbo came about two years ago when I received his first Harry Hole novel, The Bat, as a gift. Honestly, I didn’t see what all the fuss was about. I found that the story was all over the map like a dysfunctional GPS. However, when I heard he had recently released a stand-alone thriller*, I thought I would give him another shot. I’m glad I did.

Blood on Snow tells the story of Olav, a “fixer” for a heroin dealer in Olso. When a job goes awry, Olav becomes his boss’ tathriller,
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Gary
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 1st book in the 'Blood on Snow' series by Jo Nesbo.
The lead character Olav Johansen is a seasoned criminal with a sordid past and whose one success in life is as a 'fixer'. He is employed by the drug baron Daniel Hoffmann to kill his wife Corina Hoffman who he suspects of adultery. While casing the proposed crime Olav becomes infatuated by Corina and his plan changes when he witnesses the abusive lover and decides he is a more deserving victim. This decision has life threatenin
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Stacey
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read enough of Jo Nesbo! Blood on Snow is the first of a new series and it's an excellent beginning. I love the main character, Olav. He's a fixer, but he has a conscience and I love a little dark humor when someone is on the chopping block.
Greg
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
I never went and looked through Jo Nesbo’s page of books he had written on Goodreads, and I only know him because of his Harry Hole novels, but he writes other books, too.

Some of those are a series of books for kids that revolve around farting.

And he also has this stand alone novel that was written under a pseudonym and is being released this spring.

I’ve only read one of Nesbo’s books before, so I’m not all that familiar with how his novels go. But the one that I read was a fairly
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Brian
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend has been recommending the novels of Jo Nesbo to me for a while, so when I saw “Blood on Snow” at my local bookstore I picked it up. It is an excellent & quick read. Perfect for a sunny day, or a cozy winter weekend by the fire.
At 180 pages, this tautly paced thriller is worth your time. Nesbo has an excellent facility for words and there are no extra ones here. Yet, the characterization is complete, there is definitely an inner psychology to the protagonist, and the novel is n
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Daiva
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The storytelling, characters, descriptions, dialogues and whole action somehow reminded me of Quentin Tarantino movies. Also, quite broken, disturbed, psychotic characters seems to be Nesbo forte. I liked Olav, the main character, the'fixer' who falls in love too easily, which also seems to be his biggest weakness.

I would not say the book is among my favorites but I definitely enjoyed all aspects of it. I can move on to part 2 now.
Ceecee
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written and intriguing novella about Olav, a fixer or contract killer, with a kind heart. I like the descriptions of some of the insalubrious characters who are easy to picture. I like the occasional black humour and there are some interesting twists. An easy, quick read and if you like Jo Nesbo then definitely worth your while.
Sandra
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, nordic
Not as captivating as the Harry Hole series. Still good, cause Nesbø.

3.5*
Karl
Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This first American edition is signed by Jo Nesbo.
Rachel Hall
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never having been introduced to the legendary Harry Hole or having read Jo Nesbo before I had few preconceptions ahead of reading Blood on Snow and hence for me, meeting "fixer" Olav in this clever noir thriller was an unexpected delight. A contract killer with a soft-centre might sound mutually exclusive but that is until readers meet Olav who narrates this short offering set in the brutal chill of a pre-Christmas Olso in 1976. Protagonist and anti-hero, Olav, has worked for Daniel Hoffmann for ...more
Supreeth
If you could see my bookshelves (real bookshelf), Jo Nesbo is the first name you'd read. When I was on thriller binge, like two years ago, I heard about Nesbo and bought bunch of his books, all pretty lengthy, his name written with big fonts on the spine of the book. I've five books of him, but unfortunately, I don't think I'll ever read any of them. When i read Redbreast i thought it was pretty amazing even though I'd skimmed last few pages- I rated it four stars here because I thought I'd miss ...more
Abbas Fardil
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A perfect crime novella from Jo Nesbo. It’s related to Contract Killing. The whole novella is a great combination of love, doubt, greed and blood hunting!!! It was a enjoyable read.
Mandy
My first Nesbo read and I really enjoyed the style. Looking forward to reading the Harry Hole series next
Skip
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Really a novella. Olav, the main character is a talented “fixer” for one of Oslo’s most powerful crime bosses. He has fallen into this job, but failing at most others for various reasons, such as dyslexia and a tender heart. His boss orders Olav to kill his wife, and things get very strange as Olav disobeys orders and finds himself caught in the cross-hairs of Oslo's underworld. I did not care for the ending. My advise is to stick with Nesbo's Harry Hole series.
Tim
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One does not often hear the phrase “hitman with a heart of gold,” but that seems the best way to describe Jo Nesbø's excellent “Blood on Snow.”

Olav Johansen is a “fixer.” He has been fixing problems for his boss Hoffmann for some time; always trying to calculate when he needs to leave (as sooner or later you know enough about your boss that you too might need fixing). Well, it looks like that time has come, as his newest job is to fix Hoffmann’s wife, and considering that Olav will b
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John
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite different from other work by Nesbo that I've read, this short novel is a psychological thriller about an Oslo hitman ("fixer"), Olav.

Olav guesses that his life is going to go all to hell when his crime-kingpin boss, Hoffmann, tells him his new commission is to fix Hoffmann's trophy second wife, Corina, who's been having an affair. As soon as Olav sees Corina, though, he's consumed by love/lust for her, and on impulse he fixes the boyfriend instead. What he doesn't realize at th
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Mark
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Nesbo
This is a really short book and before you know it you are looking at the last page and are wondering where time went. But honestly the story does not really stretches too long and neither does it outstay it welcome.

The book is about a fixer/killer who is rather decent at his job but has too much of a good heart. It is this that makes him make a fatal mistake during one of his contacts that changes the game for him.

The leading character is a limited one and not really tha
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Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου

Well, I have to be honest here... This book isn't like the Harry Hole series and I thought that I wasn't going to like it... BUT... It was a very good book for different reasons! I liked the main hero because he is not usual at all. He is smart in his own way and I love the way he thinks of everything! I can't believe that I am saying this for an assassin but he's an amazing character. With many faults, a hard life and some questionable decisions. I gave it 4 stars because I wanted to be longer
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Linda
May 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Least favorite Nesbo book. Would never have started following this author if I'd read this one first.
Jill Mackin
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stand-alone novel about a hitman with dark, ironic humor and laments on love and death.
Meredith
3.5 Stars

Olav is a "fixer" (i.e. contract killer) who has been tasked with killing his boss's cheating wife, Corina. While spying on Corina, Olav begins to write her story in his mind, and cannot come to terms with killing her....instead he kills her lover, who happened to be his boss's only son. He then must kill his boss before his boss kills him.

Blood on Snow is an interesting novella. I especially liked how Nesbo plays around with writing one's story. However, if you
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Luanne Ollivier
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read and enjoyed every adult book Jo Nesbo has written. His Harry Hole novels are a favourite. But I've also enjoyed the stand alones - including his newest book - Blood on Snow.

1976 Oslo, Norway. Olav has worked for crime syndicate boss Daniel Hoffmann for a number of years. But, it took him a bit to find the right job within the organization. He turned out to be no good as a pimp, a getaway driver, a robber or a drug dealer. But....he found his niche as a fixer. Olav doesn't f
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Matt
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Moving away from the Harry Hole series, Nesbø offers up this novella whose protagonist sits on the other side of the law. Meet Olav Johansen, a criminal with a sordid past, who has come to learn that he is good at only one thing, being a 'fixer'. He's employed by Oslo's drug kingpin, Daniel Hoffmann. When Olav is sent to dispose of Hoffmann's wife, Corina, a purported adulteress, he thinks it will be as easy as his other 'jobs', but things turn problematic. Olav does his own reconnaissance, whic ...more
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Jo Nesbø is a bestselling Norwegian author and musician. He was born in Oslo and grew up in Molde. Nesbø graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics. Nesbø is primarily famous for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocals and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Dokt ...more

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“Dán několikrát zatočil vlasy, jedním krokem se odrazil, rozmáchl se paží podél těla jako hráč bowlingu a hlavu pustil. Plachtila vzhůru s vlasy rozevlátými, ale v příliš příkrém úhlu, takže zasáhla strop, odrazila se opět na schody a kutálela se zpátky k nám s křupáním, jako když lžičkou rozbíjíte skořápku vajíčka natvrdo.
„Musím jenom pořádně zamířit,“ zamumlal Dán, hlavu zas popadl, srovnal si nohy, pro lepší soustředění zavřel oči a přitom se několikrát zhluboka nadechl. Došlo mi, že psychicky je to teď se mnou na hraně, protože jsem se málem rozesmál. Pak Dán oči otevřel, udělal dva kroky vpřed a rozmáchl se. Uvolnil úchop. Čtyři a půl kila lidské lebky vykroužily pěkný oblouk k vrcholu schodiště, dopadly na podlahu a my jsme slyšeli, jak hlava poskakuje a kutálí se chodbou.”
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