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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 54 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gyldendal
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 Dec. 2008
- Language: Danish
- ASIN: B002SQ752A
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Our central lady investigator has plenty of attitude. Mostly unpleasant, patronising, supercilious, dismissive and antagonistic. I wanted to understand and like her, but found her intensely irritating and unbelievable. I struggled with the prose. It just didn't flow. There's a lot of repetition and the language is cumbersome. I couldn't decide whether it was down to poor writing or translation or a bit of both.
The scenario should have worked. Sudden disaster, group of strangers entombed with a killer in their midst and the search to find that person. Gripping stuff? Unfortunately it was not a book with pace or tension. It was pedestrian and at times even predictable. The characters are cardboard cut outs, the location could have been anywhere. I had no sense of excitement about the country, terrain, people or predicament. The references to a mystery carriage were repetitive and intrusive. I lost interest and found the plot implausible.
Unfortunately, I have another couple of later books in this series but I won't be rushing to read them anytime soon. This failed to grab me at any level.
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.
I had high hopes for this book, with its tempting plot and beautiful cover art, but was disappointed by a number of aspects. Firstly, the characters seemed a rather contrived attempt to challenge prejudices and preconceptions - the 'heroine' of the hour is a bad-tempered wheelchair-bound lesbian detective, the doctor tending the wounded, a midget, and all the furtive-looking muslims actually 'goodies'. Secondly, the fact that so many of the passengers knew each other from past lives seemed to stretch credibility - even in a country like Norway with a relatively small population. Thirdly, there were a lot of references to dreary-sounding governmental departments that didn't exactly set the book alight. Fourthly, there was never any build-up of tension, which given the claustrophobic surroundings of the no-access-by-road hotel should have been a relatively easy task for the author. Fifthly (is that a word?) the crime was solved in a fairly feeble fashion, with a telephone call to check up on a potential suspect, providing a very anti-climactic finish. Lead character, Hanne, persuading the police to let her reveal the culprit, Hercule Poirot style, before the entire assembled 'cast' was really the final straw for me.
Started well, but just fizzled out.
Kept me entertained but more by the setting and the situation than the quality of characterisation, dialogue, description or plot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this next book in the series, keen to find out what happens next after Hanne was dramatically shot. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve M
Fascinating mystery that you cannot put down. Highly recommended. Anne Holt at her best. Hanne is an unforgettable sleuth. NPublished 5 months ago by nxgxl
I really enjoyed this book - howEver Hanne refers to events in her past that must be the subject of other books between "Dead Joker" and 1222
Where are they?? Read more
I've had this book on my Kindle for a long time and only got to read it on a recent city break. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by BigDog
Anne Holt writes good books there is no doubt but I am confused with the sequencing in the numbering of the books as I have written previously. Where are 4 to 7 ??Published on 12 Feb. 2015 by James