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by Anne Holt
     
 

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From Norway’s #1 bestselling crime writer comes a suspenseful locked-room mystery, the U.S. debut of a new series, set in an isolated hotel where guests who are stranded during a monumental snowstorm begin turning up dead.

Anne Holt’s books have sold upwards of 5 million copies in Europe and her books are #1 bestsellers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark,

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From Norway’s #1 bestselling crime writer comes a suspenseful locked-room mystery, the U.S. debut of a new series, set in an isolated hotel where guests who are stranded during a monumental snowstorm begin turning up dead.

Anne Holt’s books have sold upwards of 5 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 .

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 centuries-old hotel, which 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 anti-social, she is slowly coaxed back to her old habits as her curiosity and 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 the killer strikes again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Retired police detective Hanne Wilhelmsen makes her U.S. debut in Holt’s intriguing reimagining of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, the eighth in a series that started with The Blind Goddess. On her way by train to Bergen from Oslo, Hanne survives a derailment during a blizzard and ends up with the rest of the passengers at the Finse 1222, an immense lodge nearby. With nearly 200 people snowed in, keeping the peace is imperative, so when the body of a popular priest is found, all eyes turn to Hanne, who let it slip that she used to be with the police. Less than thrilled to be interacting with anyone, let alone investigating a murder, Hanne suggests keeping the body on ice (literally) until rescuers arrive. Unfortunately, more bodies start appearing, and it gets harder to keep the guests from panicking. The plot lags in places, but the prickly Hanne is worth getting to know. (Dec.)
Library Journal
A passenger train derails and crashes in northern Norway in the middle of a blizzard, 1,222 meters above sea level. Almost 200 of the survivors seek refuge at a nearby vacant old hotel to await their eventual rescue from the secluded mountain retreat. The snowstorm intensifies, and the isolated passengers realize there's a killer among them as several corpses of their newfound companions begin to surface in the snowed-in hotel. As the death toll rises, wheelchair-bound Hanne Wilhelmsen, a cantankerously unsociable retired police inspector, grows increasingly inquisitive. Hanne employs her keen power of observation to take the lead and investigate her fellow passengers as the tension, distrust, and fear mount in their mountain hideaway. VERDICT Best-selling Norwegian author Holt (What Is Mine) channels her inner Agatha Christie to deliver a frigidly good whodunit as she introduces the first of a new mystery series. [See Prepub Alert, 6/13/11.]—Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788490327364
Publisher:
RH Espanol
Publication date:
04/03/2014
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition

Meet the Author

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 in 1996-97. Her first book was published in 1993 and she has been translated into 25 languages. She lives in Oslo with her family.

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