A Time Best Book of the Year · An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year · A People Best Book of the Year · Winner of the CWA Silver Dagger Award · A Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel · "Seductive… a superbly constructed thriller."---People · "Splendid entertainment…The suspense novel as exploration of the heart."---The New York Times Book Review · "Astonishing… Like John le Carré and Graham Greene before him, Peter Høeg has given a thriller moral and political resonance."---Los Angeles Times · "A considerable achievement, a riveting suspense tale."---Jane Smiley, The Washington Post Book World · "A book of considerable intelligence…Demands to be read aloud and savored."---The New Yorker · "Wonderful…A thriller like no other."---Newsweek · "Enchanting."---Chicago Tribune · "Beautifully written and beautifully translated."---The Seattle Times · "The best [thriller] I’ve read in years."---The New Republic · "Peter Høeg has shown himself to be a writer of real stature."---The Times (London) · "One never wants to stop reading."--- Orlando Sentinel First published in 1992, Smilla’s Sense of Snow instantly became an international sensation. When caustic Smilla Jaspersen discovers that her neighbor---a neglected six-year-old boy, and possibly her only friend---has died in a tragic accident, a peculiar intuition tells her it was murder. Unpredictable to the last page, Smilla’s Sense of Snow is one of the most beautifully written and original crime stories of our time, a new classic.
In this international bestseller, Peter Høeg successfully combines the pleasures of literary fiction with those of the thriller. Smilla Jaspersen, half Danish, half Greenlander, attempts to understand the death of a small boy who falls from the roof of her apartment building. Her childhood in Greenland gives her an appreciation for the complex structures of snow, and when she notices that the boy's footprints show he ran to his death, she decides to find out who was chasing him. As she attempts to solve the mystery, she uncovers a series of conspiracies and cover-ups and quickly realizes that she can trust nobody. Her investigation takes her from the streets of Copenhagen to an icebound island off the coast of Greenland. What she finds there has implications far beyond the death of a single child. The unusual setting, gripping plot, and compelling central character add up to one of the most fascinating and literate thrillers of recent years.