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2.99903413217139 out of 52.99903413217139 out of 52.99903413217139 out of 52.99903413217139 out of 52.99903413217139 out of 5 3.00 (1,377 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Holt Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781470805012
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From Norway’s #1 bestselling crime writer comes a suspenseful locked-room mystery, the US debut of a new series, set in an isolated hotel where guests stranded during a monumental snowstorm begin turning up dead.

A train on its way to the northern reaches of Norway careens off the track during a massive blizzard, 1,222 meters above sea level. The passengers abandon the train for a nearby, century-old hotel that is practically empty except for the staff. With plenty of food and shelter from the storm, the passengers think they are safe—until one of them turns up dead. With no sign of rescue and the storm continuing to rage, retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is asked to investigate. Paralyzed by a bullet lodged in her spine, Hanne has no wish to return to police work. Bitter and antisocial, she is slowly coaxed back to her old habits as curiosity and a natural talent for observation compel her to take an interest in the passengers and their secrets. When another body turns up, Hanne realizes that time is running out and she must act fast before panic takes over. Trapped in her wheelchair, trapped by the storm, and now trapped with a killer, Hanne has to fit the pieces of the puzzle together before they strike again.

Anne Holt’s books have sold more than five million copies in Europe, and her books are #1 bestsellers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland. Now she is poised to gain a huge American following with this captivating new mystery that pays homage to Agatha Christie and her classic book, And Then There Were None.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anne Holt is a thriller writer of the highest order. With the claustrophobic and breathless suspense in 1222 she, again, proves her extraordinary abilities.”

    Liza Marklund, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “Anne Holt is the godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction.”

    Jo Nesbø, New York Times bestselling author

  • “It’s easy to see why Anne Holt, former minister of justice in Norway, and currently its bestselling female crime writer, is rapturously received in the rest of Europe…The buildup of tension is slow but superbly effective. Holt’s vivid depiction of claustrophobia, petty squabbles, and mob hysteria is just as convincing as her evocation of the storm outside.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Retired police detective Hanne Wilhelmsen makes her US debut in Holt’s intriguing reimagining of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None…The prickly Hanne is worth getting to know.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kate Reading is an apt voice for one-time police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen...This is a good audiobook for wintertime listening when the snow is swirling outside.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Bestselling Norwegian author Holt channels her inner Agatha Christie to deliver a frigidly good whodunit as she introduces the first of a new mystery series.”

    Library Journal

  • “A fascinating, extremely modern homage to the classic detective novel.”

    Der Spiegel (Germany)

  • “Step aside, Stieg Larsson. Holt is the queen of Scandinavian crime thrillers…Captures the Agatha Christie spirit of the good, old-fashioned murder mystery.”

    Red Magazine (UK)

  • “A pleasure from start to finish…A dazzling and classic crime story and a brilliant thriller.”

    Bokavisen (Norway)

  • “Holt updates the classic locked-room mystery with such bravado that on the last page the reader can only give a deep sigh of contentment.”

    Aamulehti (Finland)

  • “A masterpiece of the genre, a real non-stop read.”

    Skanska Dagbladet (Sweden)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2012 Shamus Award Nominee for Best Hardcover PI Novel
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, December 2011
  • A 2012 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 2/17/2014

    " Hanne Wilhelmsen is a terrific character and this book is a great read. Hanne is a police veteran, crippled by a bullet in her spine, on her way to consult a specialist surgeon. Her train is derailed in a Norwegian mountaintop village by a blizzard with hurricane force winds. The engineer is killed, and the passengers take refuge in a nearby resort hotel. As the storm intensifies, tempers grow short, people die and/or are killed, and Hanne is forced to bring her police experience to bear on her surroundings. The descriptions of the storm are terrifying and the passengers and hotel staff include some memorable characters. The first of Holt's previous Hanne Wilhelmsen books is due out in English later this year. I hope the rest will follow in good order. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gg | 2/5/2014

    " I am not sure why this was nominated for an Edgar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/31/2014

    " I've not read this author before but I quite enjoyed this book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natasha | 1/26/2014

    " Gave up on this after 70-odd pages - slow moving and turgid, this book moves along like pea soup. Seriously, don't bother "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 1/15/2014

    " I saw this called wonderful, gripping, etc, but I certainly didn't find that to be the case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 1/15/2014

    " Locked room mystery with a twist..walls of snow lock the grateful survivors of a rail accident into an inn. Two people die and an interesting ex-detective named Hanne tries to work out what happened and why. I will definitely be looking for more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Collins | 1/4/2014

    " Absolutely outstanding! Characters, detail, dialogue. A must-read for any mystery lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/3/2014

    " I'm just starting this book and am truly excited about the story and the snow and chilly weather, of course! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 12/28/2013

    " Great premise but didn't keep my interest throughout as I'd hoped it would. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 11/15/2013

    " Very much enjoyed Hanne, as crotchety as she was, and some of the other characters, too. Would have liked to have seen more mystery & action, however -- the setting & characters definitely had the potential! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mirrordance | 11/14/2013

    " Molte citazioni e atmosfere sempre un po' claustrofobiche. Piacevole e godibile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bunny | 10/23/2013

    " I loved this book. Not quite the Swedish Miss Marple or Murder Orient Express as was advertised but a great detective yarn in its own right. I will definately be buying more of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 2/13/2013

    " This started out to be a very promising mystery. However, I was just not that interested in the characters. Do look forward to the first book in the series being translated. Maybe I will be able to understand the ending a little better once I've read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 2/26/2012

    " Captivating, but not demanding. Holt deftly weaves clear and colorful imagery. An enjoyable weekend read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Moffa | 1/23/2012

    " Solid Nordic mystery. Good crusty, curmudgeony female detective. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Holt

Anne Holt has worked as a journalist and news anchor and spent two years working for the Oslo Police Department before founding her own law firm and serving as Norway’s minister for justice for part of 1996 and 1997. Her first book was published in 1993, and her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. She lives in Oslo with her family.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.