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Hour of the Wolf: Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 7 (The Van Veeteren Series)

Hour of the Wolf: Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 7 (The Van Veeteren Series) [Kindle Edition]

Håkan Nesser
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‘Hakan Nesser, the godfather of Swedish crime … His Van Veeteren novels have a puckishness and sprightliness that too often elude his younger, gloomier pretenders … Nesser has thus far only been a minor player in the British Nordic crime scene: Hour of the Wolf should be the book to change that’ Metro

‘The Swedish novelist Hakan Nesser is in another league, exhibiting a skill and consistency rare in crime ¬fiction. Hour of the Wolf, translated by Laurie Thompson is one of his finest novels, starting with a road accident and unravelling its terrible consequences. The victim is a 16-year-old boy, struck by a car while walking home late at night, and the accident sets in motion a series of murders. One of the victims is related to Nesser’s detective, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, who has retired to become an antiquarian bookseller. The ex-policeman’s old team rallies to obtain justice for their much-loved former boss in a novel that combines a clever plot with authentic emotion’ Sunday Times

‘All the tropes of Scandinavian crime: physical and metaphysical gloom, desolate landscapes and circumscribed lives. However, it is a grown-up, rather than a depressing read. The investigating cops are skilfully differentiated and their banter is amusing. As for the plot … it contains enough twists to keep you reading through the Bergmanesque darkness’ Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard

‘Of the Nordic crime writers currently holding readers’ attention in an unbreakable grip, Håkan Nesser is comfortably the most anglocentric. Nesser himself has a notably dry and ironic sense of humour, more redolent of this island than Sweden, and intermittently makes London his home. He also has something in common with another great generator of suspense, Leytonstone-born Alfred Hitchcock: a preoccupation with guilt and the way in which crime draws everyone connected with it into a dark moral miasma – as in the latest book to reach these shores, Hour of the Wolf . . . All this is dispatched with the assurance that readers have come to expect from the author of such quietly compelling crime fiction as The Return and Woman With Birthmark. As before with Nesser, we are reminded of the writer Ruth Rendell in the coolly methodical fashion in which lives are destroyed by a crime, those of both the victims and the perpetrators . . . there is not a single misstep as the grim implications of the narrative are teased out. And — as with Hitchcock — the guilt of a single character becomes a kind of amorphous mass, affecting everyone involved, muddying moral distinctions’ Independent

‘Nesser, an award-winning writer who has sold millions worldwide, has an easy style which pulls the reader along nicely...Comparisons with other Scandinavian thriller writers don’t work as Nesser has a style all his own, making him a writer who needs to be on the bookshelves of all crime fans. And in Van Veeteren he has created a hero who is easy to like' Edinburgh Evening News

‘All too chillingly plausible tale’ Daily Mail

‘If Scandinavian gloom lights your candle, Håkan Nesser’s Hour of the Wolf will have you howling with pleasure . . . Desolate landscapes and quirky characters are described with impressive skill’ Evening Standard ‘Best books for summer 2012‘

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In the dead of night, in the pouring rain, a drunk driver smashes his car into a young man. He abandons the body at the side of the road, but the incident will set in motion a chain of events which will change his life forever.   Soon Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, now retired from the Maardam police force, will face his greatest trial yet as someone close to him is, inexplicably, murdered.   Van Veeteren’s former colleagues, desperate for answers, struggle to decipher the clues to this appalling crime. But when another body is discovered, it gradually becomes clear that this killer is acting on their own terrifying logic . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L23K0M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Håkan Nesser was awarded the 1993 Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize for new authors for his novel The Mind's Eye (published in Sweden as The Wide-Mesh Net); he received the best novel award in 1994 for Borkmann's Point and in 1996 for Woman with Birthmark. In 1999 he was awarded the Crime Writers of Scandinavia's Glass Key Award for the best crime novel of the year for Carambole. His novels have been published to acclaim in nine countries. Nesser was born in Sweden, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet in this classic Swedish crime series 15 April 2012
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
The seventh (of ten) in this police-procedural series set in a fictional country not unlike Holland is a superb example of a classic crime novel, no doubt aided significantly by Laurie Thompson's typically excellent, understated translation. For the first few movingly conveyed chapters, we are in familiar Nesser territory as a 16-year-old boy, walking home late having missed the last bus, is killed by a drunk driver. The killing preys on the driver's mind: he clears away all traces of evidence and after a few days is convinced that nobody has seen him. Then, a letter arrives from someone who claims to know about the crime, demanding money for keeping silent.

What happens next lurches the book into new territory for Nesser: things get personal. This author is the master of the detached, forcefully ironic and amusing tone. His books are peppered with pithy observations, unerringly summing up the petty (and not so petty) annoyances of life. Though Nesser's novels are always good to read, they don't quite hit the emotional bull's-eye in the manner of, say, Karin Fossum. HOUR OF THE WOLF meets this challenge head-on, as the crimes escalate and retired chief inspector Van Veeteren finds himself right in the middle of them.

I found this book to be similar in style and impact to the marvellous Martin Beck novels by Sjowall and Wahloo, in particular in the manner in which the investigation is described, as well as in the descriptions of the thoughts and personal lives of the police officers, accompanied by occasional pointed authorial observations and value-judgements. In addition to this structural framework, the intense suffering of a previously detached and cynical man, when faced with a personal tragedy, is very movingly depicted. I very highly recommend this book, and I'll end my review with a typical quote from Van Veeteren: "Life is much over-rated. But it's better if you don't discover that too soon."

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and emotionally charged 11 April 2012
After the events in `The Unlucky Lottery' everything has changed at police headquarters; Inspector Van Veeteren has now retired from the Maardam police and is now part owner of the antiquarian book shop, Reinhart has been promoted to Chief Inspector and Munster is `taking it easy' after being injured. Although he is not officially involved in the investigation Van Veeteren's interest in this one is personal and his unique insights prove invaluable once again. He may not constantly appear on the page but he is still always there in the background and in the mind of the reader.

One wet and windy November night a 16 year old boy misses the last bus home from his girlfriend's hours and has to walk home and is hit by a drunk driver who flees the scene. Then about 2 weeks later a body is discovered concealed in the undergrowth surrounding a car park. There are no witnesses to the murder and there is no apparent motive. Of course, the reader knows there is a connection between these 2 crimes but for the police they exist in isolation.

We are taken into the mind of the killer with his dark and twisted logic; which frighteningly makes some kind of sense; and also follow the police as they desperately search for that breakthrough clue as this is one case that they must and will solve no matter how many man hours it takes.

`The Hour of the Wolf' returns to the darkness of `The Inspector and Silence' and it is the most emotionally charged and tragic novel of the series. Nesser is a master of the genre and it is time that he broke through in the UK to become a household name alongside Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. His growing army of fans will need little encouragement to read this one and I for one was not disappointed. There was only a 6 month gap between the publication of 'the Unlucky Lottery' and 'The Hour of the Wolf', I hope that this trend continues as I want to read the next one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hour of the Wolf --Hakan Nesser 14 April 2012
By Simon Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is the seventh Chief Inspector Van Veeteren mystery to be published
in English,and although he has retired from the police,he becomes closely
and crucially involved in the resolution of this case.
When a male driver,driving under the influence of a considerable amount
of alcohol,knocks down and kills a teenaged boy,this sets in train a
series of events ,as he tries to cover his tracks. This includes the murder
of someone very close to Van Veeteren.
The narrative oscillates between the thoughts of the perpetrator,and the
investigations of Chief Inspector Reinhart and his six colleagues,aided
by Van Veeteren.As usual the author writes with humour ,and some of the
idiosyncratic interviews by the police team are very funny.
This novel shows the author at his best,with a captivating plot,interesting
characters and delightful wit.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mesmerising story unfolding from one incident. 13 April 2012
After a night out with friends a man decides that although he's been drinking he will be OK to drive if he takes it easy. A short time later he smashes his car into a young man - in panic he leaves the body by the side of the road and drives home. But this incident will effect many lives, including that of Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, now retired from the Maardam police force.

This is a sobering tale, no pun intended! But the far reaching events that follow this one error of judgement illustrate the rippling effect of initially a single bad decision that escalates beyond belief.

I couldn't put this book down, it was mesmerising as the story unfolded from this one event. As the incident took place late a night on an unlit relatively deserted road, the police have little to go on, but despite being retired Van Veeteren has lost none of his powers of detection.

The story is related by multiple voices but mainly the killer whose identity is unknown, and by the painstaking work of those who are seeking him. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT clever writer
Published 1 month ago by Peter Dempsey
2.0 out of 5 stars poor predictable storyline.
Weak narrative together with a crass translation - unless the original was badly written. The dialogue at times is so clunky.
Published 2 months ago by Martin Shenfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Van Veeteren episode
Another excellent Van Veeteren episode. Really enjoyable plot, good characters and punctuated with Nesser's occasional terse humour. Really enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by James Murchison
3.0 out of 5 stars A little better. I have two more Van V
Same as my first review. A little better. I have two more Van V. to read.
Published 4 months ago by h de ruiter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Waasley
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Veeteren is only minimally in the book with the working police...
A satusfying thriller and the first book I have read in the 'Van Veeteren' series. I will definitely be looking to read more. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Phil h
5.0 out of 5 stars Hour of the Wolf
Haken Nesser does it again!
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. D. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I really enjoyed the book. I thought it was very readable and great to have VanVeeteran in the story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R W SAMUEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as always
but certainly not my favourite Nesser book, not that I was tempted to put it down. Another tightly woven mystery that keeps you engrossed.
Published 8 months ago by Victoria Martin
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