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Hour of the Wolf

(Inspector Van Veeteren #7)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,102 ratings  ·  213 reviews
In the dead of night, in the pouring rain, a drunk driver smashes his car into a young man. He abandons the body at the side of the road, but the incident will set in motion a chain of events which will change his life forever. Soon Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, now retired from the Maardam police force, will face his greatest trial yet as someone close to him is, ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Pan Books (first published 1999)
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Roman Clodia
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Life is a tangle of remarkable connections.'

My first Nesser and I wonder how he's managed to evade me till now - thanks Jola and Rachel for correcting this!

As someone who gets very grumpy when faced with the more gothic and spectacularly melodramatic end of the crime spectrum (insane psychopaths driven by pop-psychology explanations of childhood trauma, serial killers who commit murders by tying their victims to giant clock mechanisms in order to tear them apart...), this book suited me
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Wow. Wow. Wow. I have read all the books in the series around Chief Inspector Van Veeteren and I have loved each and every one, but this one is simply breathtaking. The story starts off with a terrible accident and the events that unfold after that just becomes a complete nightmare. 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 ...more
Rachel Hall
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a long-term fan of this series, I have found plenty to admire in the previous six instalments, however Hour of the Wolf is one of the most magnetising outings yet, both for the horrific devastation unleashed by one single action, and the very personal responses it evokes from within the Maardam CID when one of their own is affected. After fifteen-years at the helm of CID, former Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is approaching two-years since his retirement and new role as part-owner of Krantze’s ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
audio I liked this even though I knew the story from the tv program. The homocide department seems to be back in proper performance. This is probably the end of VV's participation which is what should happen to main characters with a semblance to reality.
Apparently when not constructing IKEA furniture with tiny Allen wrenches, eating scrumptious round chokladbolls, or dancing to Ace of Bass, the Swedish folk are committing heinous acts of murder. Thankfully there are talented writers such as Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, and Hakan Nesser to warn the rest of the world that we all need to stay as far away from this hellish Nordic land of deviant slaughter and bloody barbarity as possible. Their well-conditioned (and very very soft) blonde hair ...more
Mridu  aka Storypals
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
You can read kind my review here as well:

I was in one of those moods where I wanted to read some good mystery, something psychotic and something very dangerous.

The blurb of the book said that it got someone howling in pain which is why I instantly picked it up.

Also, Håkan Nesser has been on my radar for a while now and it all went like uh what the heck let’s just read this book.

NO spoilers, will not reveal who killed who and what happened
Lukasz Pruski
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reluctant to assign five stars to a mystery novel that is in no way a literary masterpiece. Hakan Nesser's "Hour of the Wolf" does not have the sociological depths of Denise Mina's "Gartnethill". It does not have the simple beauty of some of Karin Fossum's best work. Yet it is such a darn good book. On the surface it is a police procedural, one in Mr. Nesser's Chief Inspector Van Veeteren series, which is located in a fictitious country in Northern Europe that seems like a cross between the ...more
Hour of the Wolf by Hakan Nesser.

A SHOCKING JOURNEY. This novel in the Inspector Van Veeteren series has more than just twists & turns. It has more than mere surprises. It is a series of the worst choices a person could make that establish a journey into the abyss for one man. And the end of other lives in the wake of this journey.

Inspector Van Veeteren is retired and the new Chief Inspector is Reinhart. Rooth, Moreno, and the rest of Inspectors former colleagues work together as they did so
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Wonderful story in this strong cannon of detective fiction around a fiction place where intelligence and intuition go hand in hand with old fashioned leg work. The key player is Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, retired, but compelled back to an investigation when a murder happens closer to home than he could ever imagine.

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.

Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ibook
Håkan Nesser. Number 7 Van Veeteren mystery series.

If there is a librarian out there that can help sort out the messed up listings of HAKAN to Håkan Nesser...please help. I will do anything you need to assist. It is a mess...

This was the best Håkan Nesser VV books yet even though he is retired to the bookshop he comes into the story again and again. Truly a story of chilling circumstances that lead to consequences that ruin five lives and affect many others. Highly recommend it as a very good
Sari Gilbert
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great Swedish police procedural

This is Nesser at his best! Great plot, unexpected, built around the murder of a retired Van Veeteren's somewhat estranged son. Well written and fantastically translated by the late Laurie Thompson.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I will be reading all other books by this author
Margaret Wichorek
Another great one from Nesser. THis one is about a man who makes a decision to drive home after an evening with friends, even though he has had too much to drink. So this , including the dark and rainy night, leads him to hit a young boy walking home that evening because he missed the last bus. He stops, but the boy is already dead, having hit his head on the concrete culvert beside the road. So, he makes another bad choice and drives off. Several days later, he receives a letter. The writer ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: precinct-81
Van Veeteren is not my favourite detective, but the thrillers that have him as MC are very decent. Good pace, attention to details and lifelike persons.
In this novel everything starts with an ordinary, stupid accident which is the start of a lot of violence. The starting point is ok, but the thoughts and the actions of the characters are illogical at times.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite so far in this great series. This is a police procedural with heart and teamwork. The Chief Inspector is the emotional center even if he's retired. Excellent.

Hopefully the next books will be published in the U.S. soon.
Now that's how you write a mystery!

This book had everything a mystery needs: insight into the mind of one of the victims, insight into the mind of the murderer, insight into the personal lives of the police officers, dry humor, nordic noir broody atmosphere, constant suspense, parallels between the murders and certain games or game theories... (On the last point, I loved how the chess analogy made me figure out the ending a short while before it happened).

I love when mysteries are
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hour of the Wolf: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery (Inspector Van Veeteren Mysteries)
Hakan Nesser translated by Laurie Thompson

What it's all about...

A hit and run occurs along a dark and rainy road...the driver does not stop...he has been drinking...he thinks no one has seen him. He...the driver...thinks he is in the clear but someone really does see him and the blackmail begins. But...wait until you see what happens after the blackmail...

Why I wanted to read it...

Normally Swedish books...and
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this series just keeps getting better with every book. This one was a page turner and even though Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is now retired and not as central to the story (he still features), it is great the way the other cast of characters we have been introduced to in previous books, can keep the series just as interesting. A teenage boy is killed in a hit and run, and this starts a chain of events that have terrible consequences, especially for Van Veeteren. Reinhart takes ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This time around I have returned to Hakan Nesser and the world of Van Veeteren. There is something I enjoy about these books. They may not be as complicated as many of there counterparts in this genre of books. But he flows well and you can sink your teeth into them on a quiet afternoon, and have an enjoyable time with them.

His cast of characters are always a joy to spend time with, he gives them real lives and personality and thorough out the books gives them time to breathe. If you spend
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Starts out strong as a Hitchcockian thriller involving a hit-and-run killer, a blackmailer, and a detective all with their own mindset and drive hunting one another. I was really intrigued by where it started and how these three people were going to finally collide. That feeling dissipated after about a third of the way through the book. It feels like such a great premise for a film, one that would slow burn over the course of a couple of hours before coming to a head. But in a novel, a lot more ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book in the series, but only if you've been following the Van Veeteren team, cos only then can you identify with the emotional angst the team went through in this book. Very satisfying read that left me wishing for more of Hakan Nesser's books.
Jack Heath
Synopsis: first there's a hit and run, then a blackmail letter, then another killing. Retired Van Veeteren is compelled to take on the case.
Julie Carson
This is the first book by this author I've read, and whilst I have another couple on loan from the library, I'm not going to rush to read them. Initially, I found the style hooked me in (particularly in the first few chapters), but then it went rapidly down hill. I did not enjoy the inner monologues of the ex- chief inspector, and found that they didn't add anything to the story line (other than serve to irritate me). The book did not hook me in, I wasn't disappointed when I had to stop reading ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Håkan Nesser seems to delight in vague settings and in using a multitude of names. However, if the reader can get pass this folly, Håkan Nesser’s characters will make for a thrilling read.
Tiwary Amit
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
Plot, Plot Development, Glimpses of actual investigative work, teamwork, brilliance of Van Veeteren and his team. This book was an engaging read.
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

Hour of the Wolf was our November book club read and my very first book by HåkanNesser. This book is the 7th book in the Inspector Van Veeteren series. In this book we follow the story of about a Swedish man who hits and kills a teenager with his car on the way home while intoxicated by alcohol. Immediately after hitting the boy he feels guilty but then leaves the scene of the accident and carries on driving home and hopes to forget about everything that has just
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Håkan Nesser is one of Sweden's most popular crime writers. This particular title is the seventh of a “Nordic Noir” police procedural series featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren.

Much of the book is narrated by a criminal who is being sought by the [fictional] Maardam police force, members of whom narrate the remainder. Homicide Chief Inspector Reinhart has taken over for the man everyone continues to call “The Chief Inspector,” Van Veeteren - still a legend and still revered by everyone
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seventh in the series featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren--even though he is currently on leave from the police force (or is he actually retired?) and running his own antiquarian book shop instead, the Chief Inspector is involved in this case in a very big way, as his son becomes a murder victim. Although Van Veeteren and his son were not very close--the son had a troubled past as a drug abuser and dealer and spent some time in prison but had recently turned things around. So why was he ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Håkan Nesser is a Swedish author and teacher who has written a number of successful crime fiction novels. He has won Best Swedish Crime Novel Award three times, and his novel Carambole won the Glass Key award in 2000. His books have been translated from Swedish into numerous languages.

Håkan Nesser was born and grew up in Kumla, and has lived most of his adult life in Uppsala. His first novel was

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