- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Mantle (12 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230745741
- ISBN-13: 978-0230745742
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.1 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hour of the Wolf (The Van Veeteren Series) Hardcover – 12 Apr 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The pace never lets up and thankfully today has been an immensely hot day so I sat in the garden and I devoured this cracking book.
The only downside is that I sorely missed Munster but the reason he isn't featured I won't go into for fear of spoiling the storylines for everyone reading them.
I understand there are three more in the series but haven't been translated into English as yet.
Hakan Nesser is just a wonderful crime writer but praise must also be given to the translator, Laurie Thompson, who has done a brilliant job in introducing us to Swedish crime writing at its best.
I cannot wait for the next and am feeling deflated now I have actually finished them.
The story is about chance events and encounters and how various decisions can impact on your life and the future of complete strangers beginning with the missing of a late bus.
Well written of course, reflecting on various characters and their motivations. This is never difficult to read and quickly reaches an end that arrives when you could easily go another 100+ pages at a canter. I am a real fan of Hakan Nesser and his detective although retired still looms large in the consciousness of the detective force he left behind. I enjoy the true to life situations and dilemmas his characters face.
As always another book awaits one to read in this terrific series.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've given up to this audio version. The book sounds like a very bad translation, with strangely dated dialogue that isn't convincing.Published 10 months ago by The listener
have read 7 of the Van Veeteren books and have enjoyed every one of themPublished 17 months ago by F. J. West
My first and last Hakan Nesser book. Dire doesn't even begin to describe it. Even the way it's set in some composite northern European country is a very odd and unpleasing... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Star Rover
This is an outstanding book because each of the main characters has a hinterland shared with the reader, including the killer, who is at some level also a victim. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gordon Williams