1222 by Anne Holt
A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel (Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels)

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From Norway’s bestselling female crime writer comes a suspenseful locked-room mystery set in an isolated hotel in Norway, where guests stranded during a monumental snowstorm start turning up dead.

A TRAIN ON ITS WAY to the northern reaches of Norway derails during a massive blizzard, 1,222 meters above sea level. The passengers abandon the train for a nearby hotel, centuries-old and 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 is found dead the next morning.

With no sign of rescue, and the storm continuing to rage, retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is asked to investigate. Paralysed by a bullet lodged in her spine, Hanne has no desire to get involved. But she is slowly coaxed back into her old habits as her curiosity and natural talent for observation force 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. Complicating things is the presence of a mysterious guest, who had travelled in a private rail car at the end of the train and was evacuated first to the top floor of the hotel. No one knows who the guest is, or why armed guards are needed, but it is making everyone uneasy. Hanne has her suspicions, but she keeps them to herself.

Trapped in her wheelchair, trapped by the storm, and now trapped with a killer, Hanne must fit the pieces of the puzzle together before the killer strikes again.
 

About Anne Holt

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Anne Holt, acclaimed author of the Hanne Wilhelmsen mysteries, 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 in 1996-1997. She lives in Oslo with her family.
 
Published December 27, 2011 by Scribner. 313 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Even the passengers who aren’t especially impatient to get on with their lives, however, would certainly change their minds if they knew that Cato Hammer, an Oslo priest with a fondness for soccer, has been found shot to death—and that soon after Roar Hanson, another priest, tells Hanna that he k...

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The Guardian

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Trapped in a snowbound Norwegian hotel as a blizzard rages and a murderer prowls, retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is reminded of one of Agatha Christie's most satisfying novels: "Twenty-four hours ago, there were 269 people on board a train.

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Publishers Weekly

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Retired police detective Hanne Wilhelmsen makes her U.S. debut in Holt’s intriguing reimagining of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, the eighth in a series that started with The Blind Goddess.

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The Wall Street Journal

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'1222,' the title of Anne Holt's readable thriller (translated by Marlaine Delargy), refers not only to the number of meters above sea level at which a passenger train derails during a violent snowstorm, on its way from Oslo to Bergen but also to Finse 1222, the isolated hotel in which that train...

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Book Reporter

Those whose familiarity with mystery novels cuts wide and deep will recognize any number of plot devices, but Holt takes things a step or two further in character development of the primary and secondary personalities who populate 1222, not the least of which, of course, is Wilhelmsen.

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AV Club

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Hanne occasionally seems like she’s been constructed as a character to tick off a number of boxes on an “interesting mystery protagonist” census form, but Holt makes it all work, and Hanne’s dark attitude makes for several surprisingly witty moments.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Anne Holt is a popular Norwegian author of two series, one featuring detective Adam Stubo and FBI-trained profiler Johanna Vik, the other with protagonist Hanne Wilhelmsen, a retired Oslo detective who has been wheelchair bound after being shot in the spine.

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Chron.com

This well-wrought, claustrophobic mystery, however, is best served by the blizzard, roaring in the background while Hanne parses the swirl of rumors and snow piles inexorably against the windows.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Laura Wilson NY Times Book Review 4 of 5 Stars "[A] good old-fashioned murder mystery.

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Curious Book Fans

The problem with ‘1222’ is that Hanne is already a well developed character with what appears to be a complex back story that competes with the murder mystery element of the novel in a distracting way: it’s probably not the best novel to have been first up for translation.

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The Army Rumour Service

Rescued from the wrecked train by some villagers, the survivor are taken to the hotel.

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Artswrap

Her pursuit of truth and justice has cost her the love of her life, her career in the Oslo Police Department and her mobility: she is paralysed from the waist down by a bullet lodged in her spine.

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