A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel

Book - 2011
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A train bound for the northern reaches of Norway derails 1222 meters above sea level. The passengers evacuate to an old, almost empty hotel, were they find food and warmth. The next morning, one of the passengers is found dead. Hanne Wilhelmsen, a paralyzed ex-police inspector, is asked to investigate. She has suspicions about the identity of the passenger in the private rail car with the armed guards, and when another body turns up, she knows she will have to fit the pieces together quickly, before the killer can strike yet again.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2011
ISBN: 9781451634716
Branch Call Number: HOLT
Characteristics: 313 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Delargy, Marlaine


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Dec 19, 2016

(The eighth book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series)

Jul 20, 2016

I really disliked this novel, and quit about 3/4 of the way through. Perhaps it was the translation, but I found the writing very stilted and the characters quite stereotypical and difficult to care about. I don't think I'll bother with any of her other books.

Jun 16, 2016

What happened to Superintendent Stubo and Johanne Vik. I really enjoyed these two characters, much more than Hanne Wilhelmsen. Are these two characters ever coming back??

Dec 09, 2015

This book just didn't hold my attention. Yes, they are snowed in, and yes, it is hard to think when you can't get a moment alone, but still, the characters should be engaging instead of stereotypes. If the author hadn't kept telling us that Hanne really knew the answers but wouldn't share them with the readers, I might have like it more. The whole "nah, nah, nah, not gonna tell you" theme was annoying and not at all mysterious.

Oct 15, 2014

The beginning was promising. Something like Agatha Christie in a contemporary setting. But it turned out all very boring, especially the ending. And in the course of the story created the impression that not only the characters of the novel smell bad, in the literal sense of the word, but also the reader begins to feel uncomfortably, as if he decided not to wash himself as did characters of the book.

Feb 23, 2014

First book I read from this Norwegian author. Good thriller, suspense. A bit like Agatha Christie. not too gory, not too much hanky panky. Good week end read.

Feb 18, 2014

A truly crap novel. Well written but with the most absurd situations, plots and characters. Truly a waste of time.

There are just so many better authors out there.

Dec 19, 2012

Blind Goddess was better. 1222 interesting but really slow & repetitive to the point that I skimmed those parts. I felt there were several details avoided because she thought reader would be so caught up in the telling. Still consider Mankell the best of Scandanavian writers.

Jun 19, 2012

Unusual premise...kinda weird, really...but a good read. Enjoyed it.

mayfairlady Apr 23, 2012

Hanne Wilhelmsen is amongst the survivors of a train accident. From her wheelchair she observes her fellow passengers as they await rescue while a fearsome storm rages outside their temporary refuge. The number of accident survivors dwindle as first one, then another of the group is found murdered. Hanne, a former police officer, is reluctantly drawn in to the investigation of events.

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