A boy in a dark duffel coat. Lying in the ditch. Contorted at impossible angles, with his back pressed up against a concrete culvert and his face staring straight at him. As if he were trying to make some kind of contact. As if he wanted to tell him something.
In the middle of a damp, dark night, a young man is struck by a car after leaving his girlfriend’s house. The driver, drunk, leaves the body by the side of the road. Wrestling with guilt, the driver tries to put the murder out of his mind—until a blackmail note arrives, setting into motion a chain of events that will draw everyone involved into a fog of crime.
Reinhart, the new chief inspector of the Maardam police force, sets his team to work. But when the victim of a second, possibly related, killing is identified, Reinhart realizes that this is no ordinary investigation. In Hour of the Wolf, former chief inspector Van Veeteren—a legend now in retirement—is called upon to face his greatest trial yet, when someone close to him is found dead.
Van Veeteren’s former colleagues, desperate for answers, struggle to decipher the clues to these appalling crimes. As the killer becomes increasingly unhinged and unpredictable, Van Veeteren is forced to reenter a world he left behind, and to avenge a death. Told with Håkan Nesser’s trademark eye for detail, breakneck plotting, and gut-wrenching moral tension, Hour of the Wolf finds the Nordic noir superstar spinning one of his darkest tales yet.
|Series:||Inspector Van Veeteren Series , #7|
About the Author
HÅKAN NESSER is one of Sweden’s most popular crime writers. He has received many awards for his novels featuring Inspector Van Veeteren, including the European Crime Fiction Star Award, the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy prize for best crime novel (three times), and Scandinavia’s prestigious Glass Key Award. The Van Veeteren series is published in more than twenty-five countries and has sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Nesser lives in Gotland, Sweden, with his wife.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A young man leaves his girl-friend’s house and misses the bus. He starts walking when he is hit by a drunk driver. The driver, thinking no one saw him, leaves the boy without checking on him. But someone did see him and decides to blackmail him. Van Veeteren is now retired but gets called back in when the case involves his son. But he is not there in an official capacity, he guides more than anything. Hopefully they can figure out how the killings link together before the body count gets too high. This is a great Swedish crime mystery. There is a case of blackmail that leads to the death of several people. Van Veeteren becomes part of the mystery and gives advice to the new team while reflecting on his son. Since this book has been translated, there are a couple things that stand out to me for not flowing. I’m sorry to say that the mystery was a little predictable but I was laughing at Van Veeteren’s view of American’s in New York. This was the first book of Hakan Nesser’s that I have read. Although it is the seventh book in the series, it could be a standalone book. I think I am going to read the first book in this series, Mind’s Eye, then I will decide if I want to continue with the series. I received Hour of the Wolf from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
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