Sunday, December 4, 2011

1222-Anne Holt


Anne Holt

Scribner, Dec 27 2011, $25.00

ISBN: 9781451634716

In 2007, the train was traveling from Oslo to Bergen in Northern Norway when a meteorological phenomenon caused a derailment 1222 meters above sea level. Of the 269 people on board, only the driver died. Among the survivors is retired police detective Hanne Wilhelmsen wearing only a T-shirt and holding someone else’s baby. Hanne is wheelchair bound thanks to a bullet in her spine since 2002 and now has a ski pole sticking through her leg though she has bled a lot she feels no pain there. She and others are brought to the almost empty Finse Hotel awaiting further rescue.

Taking charge Geir Rugholmen learns from Dr. Magnus Streng that Hanne was a cop for two decades. Geir asks cantankerous Hanne to investigate the shooting murder of Father Cato hammer, the football priest. As the blizzard worsens, Hanne, with the help of an equally cantankerous teen, investigates the locked hotel homicide with 194 suspects not counting herself staying at the mountain resort; her case soon turns serial with more murders.

1222 is a super locked room whodunit with a fabulous late spin. Hanne turns the mystery into an entertaining Norwegian Noir with her acerbic personality and her fascinating use of statistics. Readers will appreciate this taut thriller as panic has become the norm amongst those trapped in the Finse.

Harriet Klausner

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