1222 (Hanne Wilhelmsen, #8)
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1222 (Hanne Wilhelmsen #8)

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1222 is the story of how a small group of people find themselves stuck in a hotel during an apocalyptic snow storm. Following a dramatic train derailment at Finse, the conflict between the survivors escalates while a furious hurricane threatens the unprotected village. Nobody is there to help, and there is no way out of the inferno for the survivors hiding out. On the firs...more
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Published by Salomonsson Agency (first published 2007)
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Luanne Ollivier
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...more
Emma
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...more
Katy
Jan 08, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Sonia
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...more
Carol
Jan 02, 2012 Carol rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Jennifer
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...more
Marleen
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...more
Paul
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
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...more
Jill
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Sheila


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...more
Janet
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...more
Kevin
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I had never read a book by this fine author until "1222." I will continue to read her work, when it is available in English, in the future.

This was a gripping tale of a former disabled Norwegian police officer. Hanne Wilhelmsen was shot on duty and is now paralyzed below the waist. On her way to a medical appointment in the dead of winter, her train derails. Not only is Hanne injured, quite dramatically, to my opinion, she is pressed back into 'service' when a murder occurs within the first twel...more
Ti
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...more
Naomi
I must be honest and state that I am either frustrated by Anne Holt's writing or my reaction to it. Anne Holt's works should be books that I thoroughly enjoy as I rate most of her contemporaries in the area of Nordic Noir in the 4/5 star range, yet her books start off really promising and then they fizzle out to me. This should not be the case as she is really able to write without weighing her books down with romantic scenes that some of her female contemporaries can't seem to get around. Yet,...more
Ann
This was a very good book! Hanne Wilhelmson, confined to a wheelchair after being shot, is traveling to Oslo to consult a team of doctors to see if there is any hope for her condition. The train is derailed during a blizzard and all the survivors are taken to the nearby 1222 Hotel. One of the survivors is found shot the next morning and Hanne's natural instinct is to observe and try to deduce the answer to the mystery. When another body turns up she realizes that the murderer is among the surviv...more
Kenneth Fredette
This was an interesting book to me because of all the snow. I was up in Houghton Michigan in the Coast Guard where the snow was 141 inches a year so
I know what being snowed in is like. I found Anne's characters believable. Although she did describe her partner she did not go into any detail that may be of help in the future books she has written. I believe unless you like snow and are not claustrophobic you will enjoy Anne's book. If your not a winter person you will undoubtedly find a reason to...more
Heather Pearson
Retired police Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is not an openly warm person who invites confidences. When she is stranded at an isolated mountain resort due to a train derailment during the worst winter storm in Norway's history, all she wants is to be left alone. The other 268 survivors just want to get warm and be rescued as soon as possible. None of them had any suspicion that there was at least one murderer in their midst. Hanne is quite content to leave the case alone for when the police can arr...more
Doreen
This is a classic locked room mystery á la Agatha Christie. A train derails in northern Norway at 1222 metres above sea level. The 269 passengers are given shelter in an old hotel. Because of a ferocious blizzard, they are stranded there. As expected, a murder occurs . . . and a second one too. Hanne Wilhelmsen, a retired police inspector, reluctantly leads an investigation until help can arrive.

Hanne is not a typical detective. She is wheelchair-bound paraplegic after a shooting in the line of...more
Susan
Jun 25, 2012 Susan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Agatha Christie
Recommended to Susan by: Washington Post
I am not impressed with this snow-bound Norwegian mountain hotel mystery packed with stereotypical characters and a languishing plot line. Likely with a view to film or mini-series casting, the narrator and self-appointed chief investigator is a good-looking wheel-chair bound curmudgeonly lesbian who is aided by a miniscule medical man. The only new element is a suggestion that the crimes must be solved not with intuition alone but also with access to modern information techniques.
Francis
Interesante propuesta pero no ha terminado de convencerme del todo.

En 1222 una detective jubilada, en silla de ruedas, un tanto huraña y con unas características muy particulares se ve envuelta en una serie de asesinatos que intentará resolver. Encerrados en el hotel Finse 1222, después de un aparatoso accidente de tren, nuestra protagonista y una serie de peculiares personajes harán frente a una de las situaciones mas complejas de sus vidas.

Quiero resaltar la figura de Hanne Wilhelmsen, la exin...more
Jeff Hanson
1222, the eighth book in Anne Holt's Hanne Wilhelmsen series, is a spin off on Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." A trainload of passengers are trapped during a savage winter storm 1222 meters above sea level in a remote mountain hotel after their train derails on the way to Bergen. A sense of tension ensues, especially after guests start being discovered murdered.

Hanne is a compelling curmudgeon of a character. She is a former police detective, now confined to a wheel chair, who has...more
Zoe
I was dissapointed, the cover says Steig LARSSON meets Agatha CHRISTIE, perfection I thought!
Sadly it did not meet their standards.
The idea, setting was good, the main character was the only one focused on.
The possible suspects were not talked about until way too late and it is speculated & solved in a couple of chapters.
It was ok but I had expected more.
Matthew White
A thriller with personality, 1222 entertains and progresses at a brisk pace, making it immensely readable. Unlike so many others in the genre, Holt blends the tried-and-true method of the location murder mystery with humour and wit which makes it a unique and worthy contemporary read.
Heather
My library had a display of Scandinavian crime fiction and I picked 1222 without knowing anything about it or the author. Anne Holt is no Henning Mankell or Jo Nesbo, but the book kept me interested throughout.

Hanne Wilhelmsen, a former police woman, makes an unusual detective. She's in a wheelchair as the result of an on-duty shooting and she's a lesbian with a Muslim partner and a young child. (Much about their relationship is unclear. Perhaps this is a series that should be read in order.) Sh...more
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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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