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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Export & Airside ed edition (1 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848878109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848878105
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.5 x 11 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,476,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'Anne Holt is the latest crime writer to reveal how truly dark it gets in Scandinavia' - Val McDermid * 'A pleasure from start to finish... a dazzling and classic crime story and a brilliant thriller' - Bokavisen, Norway * 'A fascinating, extremely modern homage to the classic detective novel' - Der Spiegel, Germany * 'Holt updates the classic locked-room-mystery with such bravado that on the last page the reader can only give a deep sigh of contentment' - Aamulehti, Finland * 'A masterpiece in the genre, a real non-stop read' - Skanska Dagbladet, Sweden"

About the Author

Anne Holt spent two years working for the Oslo Police Department before founding her own law firm and serving as Norway's Minister for Justice in 1996/97. Her first book was published in 1993 and she has subsequently developed two series: the Hanne Wilhelmsen series and the Vik/Stubo series. Both series will be published by Corvus.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
Anne Holt's latest novel is "1222". The numbers refer to the height above sea level of the town where this modern version of the classic crime story takes place. The story starts with a derailment just as the train leaves Finesnut on its journey from Olso to Bergen. Plenty of injuries, but the train driver is the lone casualty. Amongst the 269 passengers who are evacuated to the nearby century-old mountain hotel are self-indulgent teens, German tourists, a church group, a sports team, the unseen occupants of a mysterious extra carriage, a group of doctors (conveniently for those injured) on their way to a conference and retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen. Add some locals and hotel staff, a snowstorm to ensure everyone has to stay put, a murder (or two) and you have the definitive locked room mystery. Hanne is not Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot: there's no rubbing of hands together with glee at the challenge; she doesn't want to get involved. Hanne is paralysed, confined to a wheelchair, limited to the lobby level. Whilst relying on those around her for some pertinent information, her powers of observation and deduction are obviously acute and she has the case solved in time for the classic denouement when the cops finally arrive.
Anne Holt gives us a prickly heroine. She's cynical, perceptive, has a very dry sense of humour and an incisive wit. Hanne's inner monologue is a delight; her other characters and the dialogue are realistic and the action is non-stop. Holt touches on several topical issues and throws in a bit of philosophy. The Beaufort scale chapter headings are a fitting touch. "1222" gives the reader undiluted pleasure throughout: this novel is hard to put down. Marlaine Delargy's excellent translation certainly deserves a mention.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. Martin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2014
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In recent years, Scandinavian crime novels have become a publisher's gold mine, but not all have the high quality of some of the original `discoveries'. On the basis of this book, I would place the author firmly in the latter category. Except for the snowstorm that lasts for several days, there is almost nothing in the story that distinguishes it as being Scandinavian. It has much in common with the traditional mysteries of Agatha Christie where an assorted group of unrelated people is assembled in a country house for one or more of them to be murdered.

In this case the venue is a hotel in a remote location in Norway that is accessible only by train (are there still such places?). About 200 people are forced to take shelter there when their train is derailed and the blizzard means they are trapped for a few days. The group includes the narrator of the action, Hanne Wilhelmsen, a retired former police detective. She is a bitter person, who has retreated into a claustrophobic world of her partner and their daughter, after she was paralysed and wheelchair bound following being shot in the line of duty. She stays downstairs in the lounge throughout the story and this gives her the opportunity to observe the other passengers and their interactions, very much like Miss Marples.

Then a murder occurs of a leading religious figure in the Norwegian church, quickly followed by a second murder of someone who knew the first victim. The two killings cause tensions and antagonisms within the group to surface, all observed by Hanne. Helped, or possibly hindered, but the musings of a dwarf doctor who is tending her injured leg, Hanne gets involved in solving the crimes, although the way she goes about it is totally unconvincing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Running Man on 9 Mar. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a bit of a strange one... in a good way.

I flew through the book at quite a pace, it's the 1st book I've read on my Kindle and I must say I really enjoyed the experience however that's a different matter. The story starts with a train crash in the snow and focuses on Hanne Wilhelmson who was injured in a shooting incident and is paralysed from the waist down. The story follows her rescue and subsequent time trapped in the mountain hotel in the middle of a storm.

As people start dying Hanne has to try and identify the killer without upsetting all of the guests whilst trying to work out who the mysterious guests are currently being guarded in the top floor suite of the hotel.

I got half way through this book very quickly and felt a bit disappointed as it seemed the book was very easy to read and that none of the plotlines were going anywhere however I was proved very very wrong! Reading the last part of the book tied all of the plotlines together in a very clever way and I almost had a lightbulb moment where several little things which had been niggling me throughout the book were explained and I realised exactly why the book had been written the way it had.

Overall I thought it was a very clever book and I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns at the end. I would definately read something else by this fact I'm going to go and add some of her books to my wish list now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bizgen on 27 Nov. 2011
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I enjoyed the book, let me get that out of the way first. I read it quickly, which is a good sign, one day means it grips me, a week means that I'm reading it because I am mildly interested, want to get to the end, but am not 'driven'.

A very unusual crime story this, a variation on the locked door mystery, since all the protagonists are snowed in after the train disaster.

Very unusual, because the investigator is in a wheelchair. I'm sorry that the first one in the series will not be appearing until next year. What is wrong with these publishers, don't they realise that we don't want to see our detective after she has been shot and seriously crippled, we want to be there when it happens and follow on with the next in series, not the other way around. However I shall now wait for the prequel to appear.

It was an interesting set up and the situation in sub-zero temperatures in the teeth of a storm so different from that which we Brits are accustomed, that that alone was enough to keep me glued to the page. But the crimes are committed and eventually our investigator uses her little grey cells to work out why and who. Definitely an author to watch, I shall look forward to reading many more by Anne Holt.

The only thing that really annoyed me in the storytelling was the author's constant asides to the effect that'little did I know that in a few days such and such would happen' or 'lives could probably have been saved if..... But of course I didn't know that at the time.' I found that extremely irritating.
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