I'm looking for a book that I read around 2003-2005 and I have a feeling it was relatively recent then.

I believe the main character or narrator was the devil but he was living as a normal human. I don't have a lot to go on but I remember really enjoying the book. I also think perhaps it snowed in hell, or hell froze over?

Any help would be appreciated to find this book again! Also, I think the author was male but I could be wrong.

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    Do you remember anything else? Other characters, plot elements, setting period? Comedy or drama? – DJClayworth Feb 3 '17 at 3:16
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    This is a long shot, but you might check out For Love of Evil by Piers Anthony. (The main character becomes the devil about a quarter of the way through the story, IIRC.) – Harry Johnston Feb 3 '17 at 7:34
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    Another, perhaps longer shot: The Screwtape Letters (classic!). – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Feb 3 '17 at 14:28
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    Definitely a long shot, but a great book. @Wikis – Blackwood Feb 3 '17 at 23:04

Possibly Glen Duncan's 2003 novel I, Lucifer.

From the Amazon link:

The End is nigh, and the Prince of Darkness has been given one last shot at redemption, if he can manage to live out a reasonably blameless life on earth. As a trial run, he negotiates a month of "trying without buying" in the body of struggling writer Declan Gunn. ("Incarnation, the angelic drug of choice. Unlike cocaine, not to be sniffed at.") Luce seizes the opportunity to binge on earthly delights, to straighten the biblical record (Adam, it's hinted, was a misguided variation on the Eve design), to celebrate his favorite achievements (Elton John, for one), and to try to get his screenplay sold, but the experience of walking among us isn't what His Majesty expected: instead of teaching us what it's like to be him, Lucifer finds himself understanding what it's like to be human.

I don't see any reference to snow in Hell, but maybe you're thinking of this passage in chapter 26:

I never really wanted this job. (As all dictators whine.) Trouble was, when we found ourselves in Hell everyone looked at me. (How to describe Hell? Disembowelled landscape busy with suffering, incessant heat, permanent scarlet twilight, a swirling snowfall of ash, the stink of pain and the din of . . . If only. Hell is two things: the absence of God and the presence of time. Infinite variations on that theme. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Well, trust me.)

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