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1222 (Hanne Wilhelmsen #8)

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From Norway’s bestselling female crime writer comes a suspenseful locked-room mystery set in an isolated hotel in Norway, where guests stranded during a monumental snowstorm start turning up dead.

A TRAIN ON ITS WAY to the northern reaches of Norway derails during a massive blizzard, 1,222 meters above sea level. The passengers abandon the train for a nearby hotel, centuri
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Scribner (first published 2007)
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Luanne Ollivier
Dec 13, 2011 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of Anne Holt before - she's described as Norway's #1 bestselling crime writer. After finishing her latest book 1222, I can see why - and I will be hunting down her backlist.

1222 features one of Holt's recurring characters - Hanne Wilhelmsen. Hanne is not a stereotypical protagonist. She's wheelchair bound, having been paralyzed from the waist down in a police shoot out four years ago. She's a lesbian, a loner and astute. Oh, and she really doesn't like people at all, even more
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Emma
Dec 18, 2011 Emma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why do I keep getting talked into reading books like these?

Yes, I get it, Hanne is an anti-hero. She hates people. She is extremely, antisocial, embittered and intolerant…… hmm BECAUSE she’s a wheelchair user!? (Ta-da! Makes sense now doesn’t it?) Despite being gay, disabled, married to a Muslim, she still finds room to be totally repellent and prejudiced towards someone with Dwarfism (i.e. the doctor Magnus Streng.)

I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I read her characterisation of Streng
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Norwegian crime novel starring Hanne Wilhelmsen, a retired police detective, paraplegic, lesbian, and semi-misanthrope. A powerful snowstorm hits Norway, and the train Hanne is taking from Oslo to Bergen derails. Miraculously, all 269 passengers survive—the only casualty was the train’s engineer—and hole up in a nearby hotel to wait out the storm. And that, of course, is when the murders start. Hanne Wilhelmsen is my new favorite detective: she’s a woman who takes advantage of the prejudices and ...more
Sonia
Jan 16, 2011 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in November, I spent a day driving to various places for work, and so was listening to Radio 4 and there was an interview with Anne Holt who I had never heard of.

She is Norwegian, and they were talking about the sudden popularity of Scandinavian crime books, the fact that she seems pretty scathing about Norwegians in her books and her latest book that had just been translsated and was about to be released in the UK – 1222. I added it to my wishlist, and was delighted to get an Amazon remind
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Katy
Jan 08, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mysteries, suspense/thrillers, great writing
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Please note: I read and reviewed this book in Dec. 2011. Updating the formatting and adding a disclosure.

Disclosure: I received a free e-galley copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Reading Level: Adult

My Synopsis: Hanne Wilhelmsen used to work for the police until a bullet severed her spine between the 10th and 11th vertebrae, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. She is on a train to Bergen in the middle
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Wanda
A mystery more typical of Agatha Christie than most Scandinavian authors. In fact, Ms. Christie is mention several times and I think this novel is meant as an homage to her. It is a “closed room” mystery—although the surroundings are a hotel by a train station. The train has derailed and the passengers are rescued, all during a howling blizzard. The severity of the blizzard keeps everyone in place and inside. One by one, their numbers decrease, sometimes through natural causes, but also through ...more
Carol
Jan 02, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: publisher review?
Shelves: fiction
The premise of 1222 interested me from the start. I wish I knew where I heard about this book. I thought the main character, Hanne Wilhelmsen, an ex-police woman, paralyzed by a bullet, living a bland life in her wheelchair, sounded intriguing. I didn't realize at the outset that it was the eighth in a series from Norwegian author Anne Holt but the first to be translated into English. It can easily be read as a stand-alone but you probably will want to know more about that bullet and some other ...more
Paul
Jul 26, 2012 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
So I tried another Scandanavian mystery, this one by Norwegian writer Anne Holt and featuring a wheelchair-bound former policewoman named Hanne Wilhelmsen, the first of this series (I believe) to be translated into English. I liked what I read, though I'm not much into "closed room" mysteries. Granted that murders can occur in a setting like the one described in the novel, where a trainload of people are trapped inside a mountain hotel during a violent snowstorm; the set piece denouement, where ...more
Jim Fonseca
What could be more Norwegian than having your train break down and being trapped in an isolated mountain lodge for days during a blizzard while the wind howls and breaks the windows? Apparently secret service agents were aboard the train and there are a lot of mysterious goings on. Then the bodies start to drop. Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen happened to be on the train and she is coerced out of retirement to help solve the deaths. Hanne is confined to a wheel chair and seems to be trying to be as u ...more
Lukasz Pruski
"Life is beautiful. Until vodka freezes", a friend of mine, Witek, used to say. Most of the action in Anne Holt's thriller "1222" happens when the temperature outside is below freezing point of 80-proof vodka.

A train from Oslo to Bergen (Norway) crashes. All passengers, some 200 of them, luckily survive and find shelter in a nearby hotel. However, because of a monster winter storm combined with a hurricane of unprecedented magnitude, the hotel is totally snowed in and any rescue efforts from the
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Janet
May 09, 2012 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
I really wanted to like this. I read one of Holt's other books, but this one was just...just...boring. I didn't know till I got into it that it's not a stand-alone book but one of a series-maybe if I'd read the previous ones, I'd like this one more but I doubt it.

Hanne, the main character and narrator, has been described as "unlikable" by other reviewers, but I think she's pretty much antisocial and was that way before the shooting that left her paralyzed. That doesn't bother me-what bothered m
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Marleen
Feb 21, 2012 Marleen rated it really liked it
1222 metres above sea level the train travelling from Oslo to Bergen derails during the start of the worst snow storm in Norwegian history. With the snow and freezing temperatures getting steadily worse, the 269 passengers have no hope of a quick rescue and no choice but to take refuge in centuries old mountain hotel close to the crash site.
The hotel has withstood anything nature could throw at it for hundreds of years and is well stocked so the passengers should be safe from the elements and in
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Ti
Oct 25, 2012 Ti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-sent-to-me
The Short of It:

A mystery that will hold you captive. Preferably, under a blanket with a cup of something warm to keep you company.

The Rest of It:

During what is quite possibly the worst snowstorm ever, a train on its way to Bergen, Norway derails at a point about 1222 meters above sea level. The passengers are taken to a nearby hotel where they are given food and shelter but they find themselves trapped as the weather continues to worsen.

One of the passengers, Hanne Wilhelmsen, a retired police
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Giulio
Jan 05, 2016 Giulio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
More than a 100 survivors of a train wreckage are stuck in a Norwegian hotel during one of the worst winter storms of the century. A murder occurs. A misanthropic / paralysed / lesbian ex-cop has only 48 hours to solve the mystery .. it's like And Then There Were None with a Scandinavian atmosphere. Highly recommended for all the Northern European thriller lovers!

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Nick Davies
An odd one, as in a more receptive mood I might've enjoyed it more. This Scandinavian crime thriller had a very interesting set-up (a train full of passengers is forced to hole up in a Norwegian mountain hotel, then as they're snowed in.. people get murdered) but for me it wasn't my kind of book. The cover blurb makes reference to similarities with Agatha Christie, and I can understand this, but the 'closed room' nature of the plot and the sassy, thoughtful, intelligent, observant female detecti ...more
W. Tinkanesh
Nov 05, 2014 W. Tinkanesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hanne Wilhelmsen was travelling from Oslo to Bergen when train 601 crashed. Among the 269 passengers there are eight doctors from various fields including Magnus Streng. There are several priests including Cato Hammer who will be murdered during the first night in the snowed-in hotel where they have been welcomed until the end of the storm.

Hanne is a retired police investigator. From her wheelchair she watches people, asks questions, tries to solve the murder and wonders who was in the sealed tr
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Roberta Perez
Sep 29, 2014 Roberta Perez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Acho que sou uma pessoa que costuma ser camarada nas minhas avaliações dos livros lidos. Mas hoje levo em conta se consigo ler e me distrair, mais do que encontrar o pensamento mais complexo ou a linguagem perfeita. E por isso 1222 leva 4 estrelas.

A versão brasileira do romance informa na capa que a autora é uma mescla de estilo de Agatha Christie e Stieg Larsson. Se eu avaliasse o livro por essa informação acho que nenhuma estrela seria dada, quem sabe uma. Como eu já não caio mais no conto do
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Kevin
Jun 24, 2012 Kevin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer
Aug 17, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2012
I love a good locked room mystery and this book has a great premise - 269 passengers from a derailed train are forced to seek shelter in a snowbound hotel in Norway during a blizzard of biblical proportions. I loved the descriptions of the storm, the use of the Beaufort scale at the start of each chapter, and the claustrophobic feeling of the snow piling higher than the windows as the tension mounts inside.

Fortunately for these folks, retired investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen is one of the passenger
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Ulla
Aug 22, 2015 Ulla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have read this one a couple of times before, this was my first audio listen! I've always loved Hanne Wilhelmsen and really hope Anne Holt makes her come back!
Elisa
May 20, 2016 Elisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 8th book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series. I've only read one book before and I wasn't a fan: too political and boring for my taste. This one could be read as a standalone and, even if it's still very political, it is so much fun. After her train crashes in the mountains, Hanne gets stuck with the rest of the passengers in a hotel during a snow storm. There is a murder and many suspects. The survivors quickly form different groups that seem to reflect the Norwegian society: a right-win ...more
Karyl
Jul 14, 2015 Karyl rated it really liked it
You would think that a mystery novel set during a blizzard in an inaccessible hotel after a train crash would be a bit on the boring side. I mean, what all can happen in an ice-bound hotel? Ah, but that's where the thriller comes in. Someone's been murdered, but who was the culprit?

I really enjoyed this novel. It's a quick read, and one that keeps us engrossed. It's a little obvious that it's not an American novel, but that's part of its charm for me. Hanne Wilhemson isn't your typical protagoni
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✿ Deni
Nov 23, 2015 ✿ Deni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
On the cover of the copy I borrowed from the library (I'm glad I didn't buy it!) it says: "Like a mash-up of Stieg Larsson, Jeffrey Deaver and Agatha Christie", and there are a couple of comments also mentioning Christie, who is one of my favourite writers, so I thought I would enjoy this book... well, I didn't!

I actually think the plot could be very entertaining if developed correctly: theres is a mention of Christie's "And then there were none" in the book, as they are also trapped with a murd
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Jill
Aug 27, 2012 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is set in the middle of a raging February snowstorm in Norway. A train traveling from Oslo to Bergen derails near the railway station at Finse, which is 1222 meters above sea level, hence the title of the book.

The narrator is Hanne Wilhelmsen, a retired police inspector who has been paralyzed from the waist down since a shooting four years earlier and is now confined to a wheelchair. She lives a rather quiet, isolated life with her partner, Nefis, and their daughter, Ida. She was tra
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Elizabeth
How do you think a murder mystery would flow if the investigator was completely indifferent to the murder, the mystery and all the people who were trapped in a hotel with her? And it wasn't meant to be a comedy? It would drag on. Forever. The events in the book take place over three days, it felt like weeks. I suppose it's an ingenious way for the author to make the reader feel like one of those people trapped in a hotel wtih a whole bunch of strangers and nothing to do and all the exits blocked ...more
Maddy
Jul 02, 2012 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
PROTAGONIST: Hanne Wilhelmsen, retired police inspector
SETTING: Northern Norway
SERIES: # 8 of 8 (first translated into English)
RATING: 4.0

A train on its way from Oslo to Bergen, Norway, derails in a remote northern region during a horrific storm. Amazingly, only one person, the driver, is killed. The remaining 268 passengers are transported by local rescue teams to an old tourist hotel, Finse 1222, so named because it is 1222 meters above sea level. The stranded passengers stay in one of the hot
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Karen
Take one gloriously grumpy central protagonist, add that train crash, include a massive snowstorm cutting off a train full of people 1222 metres above sea level in an inaccessible hotel, add a mysterious locked carriage and a group of shadowy unknown passengers, then kill off a high-profile passenger and see what happens.

What happens is that our grumpy protagonist, Hanne Wilhemlsen, ex-police officer, in a wheelchair as a result of being shot on duty, has to work out what is going on before the
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Described as Norway's #1 bestselling crime writer, Anne Holt had fashioned together a most intriguing story of deceit, mystery and murder. Her latest book, 1222, is written in a very unique fashion, eluding familiar concepts of strong writing and story telling. One example of this can be seen in her main character, Hanne Wilhelmsen.

Hanne is not your typical protagonist.

Having been paralyzed from the waist down in a police shoot out four years ago, she is wheel chair bound. As a lesbian, and a re
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Sheila
Oct 22, 2012 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Wow! What a great book. I loved it. To start I had never heard of Anne Holt. I just happened to see the book on the large print new releases shelf at the library. It caught my attention because on the cover it said something about Scandanavian crime noir which I have really learned to appreciate.

This is the first Norwegian author I have read and evidently this is just one book in a series. In this one our heroine former cop and now confined to a wheelchair is traveling by train through the bleak
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Jeanette
Nov 24, 2013 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb closed location who-dun-it. The blizzard, the isolation- all mount to a setting of tension in which that alone is an excellent characterization. It is alive and menaces.

Hanne, is in her REAL coming of age. And not just in her self-identity habit/issue of self-obscuring, either. She also has finally caved into the realization for her amazing leadership potential. Hanne is at the peak of great change. After a forced turning from her life's treasured interior habits, the full onus is put on
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Anne Holt was born in Larvik, grew up in Lillestrøm and Tromsø, and moved to Oslo in 1978. She graduated with a law degree from the University of Bergen in 1986, and went on to work for The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and then the Oslo Police Department, earning her right to practice as a lawyer in Norway. In 1990 she returned to NRK, where she worked one year as a journalist and anch ...more
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Hanne Wilhelmsen (10 books)
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