From Norway’s #1 best-selling crime writer comes a suspenseful locked-room mystery, the US debut of a new series, set in an isolated hotel where guests stranded during a monumental snowstorm begin turning up dead.
A train on its way to the northern reaches of Norway careens off the track during a massive blizzard, 1,222 meters above sea level. The passengers abandon the train for a nearby, century-old hotel that is practically empty except for the staff. With plenty of food and shelter from the storm, the passengers think they are safe - until one of them turns up dead. With no sign of rescue and the storm continuing to rage, retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is asked to investigate. Paralyzed by a bullet lodged in her spine, Hanne has no wish to return to police work. Bitter and antisocial, she is slowly coaxed back to her old habits as curiosity and a natural talent for observation compel her to take an interest in the passengers and their secrets. When another body turns up, Hanne realizes that time is running out and she must act fast before panic takes over. Trapped in her wheelchair, trapped by the storm, and now trapped with a killer, Hanne has to fit the pieces of the puzzle together before they strike again.
Anne Holt’s books have sold more than five million copies in Europe, and her books are #1 bestsellers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland. Now she is poised to gain a huge American following with this captivating new mystery that pays homage to Agatha Christie and her classic book, And Then There Were None.
Anne Holt has worked as 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 for part of 1996 and 1997. Her first book was published in 1993, and her work has been translated into 25 languages. She lives in Oslo with her family.
©2007 Anne Holt. Translation 2010 by Marlaine Delargy (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Anne Holt is the godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction.” (Jo Nesbo, New York Times best-selling author)
"1222 is a splendidly chilly read." (The Observer, UK)
"Anne Holt is the latest crime writer to reveal how truly dark it gets in Scandinavia.” (Val McDermid, author of Fever of the Bone)
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
Although I typically like to read series in order, I purchased this in one of the Audible sales. It does work as a stand-alone novel. Holt gives an homage to Agatha Christie in the setup to this novel -- the classic trapped strangers scenario (she has her protagonist reference "And Then There Were None", during the early scenes.) The forced closeness of a group of trapped strangers in a hotel in wintry Norway adds edginess, as does the plight of the protagonist herself, a paraplegic former detective, who is doubly confined without full mobility in a multi-story hotel. Yes, most will find Hanne rather irredeemable, but I love the misanthropic detective (like Lovesey's Peter Diamond) and I love strong female characters and we find both in Hanne Wilhemsen.
I found Kate Reading's delivery a bit uneven in this volume, which gave the story a bit of stilted feel. However, this is still a good read I would recommend to any lover of classical mysteries.
Anne Holt delivers. This is a great listen. I love Scandanavian mysteries and I also am partial to strong female protagonists. Hanne Wilhemsen is unique. I hope that more of this series is translated into English.
None come to mind. This book was unique.
Most of the scenes take place in a hotel, but the psychological aspect is gripping.
Please, Audible, get more of Wilhelmsen's work.
Maybe it's the cold Norwegian climate, but I found this book dull and the performance so dry as to be seriously annoying. The narrator has a quirky delivery with odd pauses and rising inflections that detract from the story's emotional impact. The main character is a bad tempered misanthrope - very hard to warm up to. I know this is book 8 of a series, so perhaps earlier books were more compelling, but I found this one very disappointing.
In English, please.
Narrator could not have been more perfect. A quiet book. More, please.
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