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1222: Hanne Wilhelmsen Book Eight (A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel) Paperback – August 7, 2012
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“Hanne is a fantastic lead, dragged back into the case almost by pure instinct, but relishing the chance to get in the game…Holt makes it all work, and Hanne’s dark attitude makes for several surprisingly witty moments.”— The A.V. Club
About the Author
Anne Holt is Norway’s bestselling female crime writer. She was a journalist and news anchor and spent two years working for the Oslo Police Department before founding her own law firm and serving as Norway’s Minister for Justice in 1996 and 1997. Her first novel was published in 1993 and her books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold more than 7 million copies. Her novel 1222 was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in Oslo with her family.
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This was a gripping tale of a former disabled Norwegian police officer. Hanne Wilhelmsen was shot on duty and is now paralyzed below the waist. On her way to a medical appointment in the dead of winter, her train derails. Not only is Hanne injured, quite dramatically, to my opinion, she is pressed back into 'service' when a murder occurs within the first twelve hours of the 'hurricane' at elevation 1222.
The psychological, philosophical, and action packed novel kept my attention from the first paragraph onwards. I wasn't sure I even liked the protagonist, however, Hanne quickly grew on me. The dialog was well translated and lost none of it's impact.
This is not a cozy and it gives many political and sociological opinions as we meet the 296 persons trapped during the storm of the century in one large train station/hotel. It is a worthy read.
There are several stories occurring -who was in the secret last coach car that was added to the back of the train and is now under heavy guard? Who would want to kill the priest who was found murdered in the deep snow? And then, a second murder occurs - the stranded survivors of the train accident are in chaos and terrified. Keeping people calm becomes a major concern
As I was reading the book, I became so engrossed in the story that I felt I was actually snowed in :)
The atmosphere is at first stunningly sober, i. e., “The rest of us just sat down in our Norwegian way, and turned into a little piece of Norway.” In the second and third days the group gets restless. Hanne, imprisoned in her wheelchair, is a cynic -- “I am allergic to the word ‘values.’” She discourses internally on a number of large topics, especially religion, as two of the murder victims and several fellow travelers are priests. Most of the time she is evaluating the situation and trying to understand just who is in the group, their true identities and possible motives. There is a secretive couple who may be Muslim and perhaps even the enemy. A lone passenger holds tight to his computer and it is thought he might be involved in illegal financial dealings. A scruffy runaway boy finds a Goth girl companion, and Hanne is intrigued, especially when he makes a list of the passengers and items they took off the train in extraordinarily beautiful handwriting. Gradually she makes friends with other obvious misfits.
Each chapter is define by a storm rating and a description of conditions outside and inside the hotel. Some of the best descriptions of snow and ice, literary gems, come near the end – and it is worth reading every word.
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Probably won't get another.