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Hour of the Wolf: Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 7 (The Van Veeteren Series) [Kindle Edition]

Håkan Nesser
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'Hakan Nesser, the godfather of Swedish crime ... His Van Veeteren novels have a puckishness and sprightliness that too often elude his younger, gloomier pretenders ... Nesser has thus far only been a minor player in the British Nordic crime scene: Hour of the Wolf should be the book to change that' Metro 'The Swedish novelist Hakan Nesser is in another league, exhibiting a skill and consistency rare in crime fiction. Hour of the Wolf, translated by Laurie Thompson is one of his finest novels, starting with a road accident and unravelling its terrible consequences. The victim is a 16-year-old boy, struck by a car while walking home late at night, and the accident sets in motion a series of murders. One of the victims is related to Nesser's detective, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, who has retired to become an antiquarian bookseller. The ex-policeman's old team rallies to obtain justice for their much-loved former boss in a novel that combines a clever plot with authentic emotion' Sunday Times 'All the tropes of Scandinavian crime: physical and metaphysical gloom, desolate landscapes and circumscribed lives. However, it is a grown-up, rather than a depressing read. The investigating cops are skilfully differentiated and their banter is amusing. As for the plot ... it contains enough twists to keep you reading through the Bergmanesque darkness' Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard 'Of the Nordic crime writers currently holding readers' attention in an unbreakable grip, Hakan Nesser is comfortably the most anglocentric. Nesser himself has a notably dry and ironic sense of humour, more redolent of this island than Sweden, and intermittently makes London his home. He also has something in common with another great generator of suspense, Leytonstone-born Alfred Hitchcock: a preoccupation with guilt and the way in which crime draws everyone connected with it into a dark moral miasma -- as in the latest book to reach these shores, Hour of the Wolf ... All this is dispatched with the assurance that readers have come to expect from the author of such quietly compelling crime fiction as The Return and Woman With Birthmark. As before with Nesser, we are reminded of the writer Ruth Rendell in the coolly methodical fashion in which lives are destroyed by a crime, those of both the victims and the perpetrators ... there is not a single misstep as the grim implications of the narrative are teased out. And -- as with Hitchcock -- the guilt of a single character becomes a kind of amorphous mass, affecting everyone involved, muddying moral distinctions' Independent 'Nesser, an award-winning writer who has sold millions worldwide, has an easy style which pulls the reader along nicely...Comparisons with other Scandinavian thriller writers don't work as Nesser has a style all his own, making him a writer who needs to be on the bookshelves of all crime fans. And in Van Veeteren he has created a hero who is easy to like' Edinburgh Evening News 'All too chillingly plausible tale' Daily Mail 'If Scandinavian gloom lights your candle, Hakan Nesser's Hour of the Wolf will have you howling with pleasure ... Desolate landscapes and quirky characters are described with impressive skill' Evening Standard 'Best books for summer 2012'


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, inexplicably, murdered.   Van Veeteren’s former colleagues, desperate for answers, struggle to decipher the clues to this appalling crime. But when another body is discovered, it gradually becomes clear that this killer is acting on their own terrifying logic . . .


Mehr über den Autor

"Lesen ist großartig, aber schreiben ist vielleicht noch großartiger", sagte Håkan Nesser einmal. Den deutschen Lesern ist er besonders durch die Reihe mit Kommissar Van Veeteren bekannt sowie durch die "Gunnar-Barbarotti"-Krimis. In Schweden sind seine Werke so anerkannt, dass zwei seiner Bücher zu Schulliteratur wurden: "Kim Novak badete nie im See von Genezareth" sowie "Und Piccadilly Circus liegt nicht in Kumla". Das freut den Autor besonders, weil er bis 1998 als Lehrer tätig war. Der 1950 in der schwedischen Gemeinde Kumla geborene Schriftsteller hat Geisteswissenschaften studiert und Englisch und Schwedisch unterrichtet. Er lebt heute mit seiner Familie in London und auf Gotland.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen guter Krimi, aber kein Highlight 9. Januar 2014
Von TripleS
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Obwohl sich die Erzählung teilweise etwas zäh hinzieht, ist die Handlung gut konstruiert und die Kombination der Perspektiven Täter / Ermittler ist immer wieder spannend. Ich habe aber bereits deutlich spannendere Krimis gelesen, daher nur drei Sterne - zumal auch die Personen für mich irgendwie fremd blieben, trotz Einblicken ins Privatleben. Als "Deal des Tages" sicherlich kein Fehlkauf, aber auch kein Hit.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend 12. Februar 2013
Von Apple
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Das Buch ist, wie man es von Hakan Nesser gewohnt ist, spannend aufgebaut und mit vielen Rätseln die sich dann am Anfang zu einem logischen Gesamtbild fügen. Zwischendurch ist es aber dann doch langwierig, deswegen einen Stern abzug.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Warum Bestseller? 26. Oktober 2014
Von semperula
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ich war neugierig, weil Hakan Nesser ja ueberall ist, und grosser Erfolge feiert, aber das Buch hat so gar keinen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen. Ja, man kann es herunter lesen, aber Begeisterung geht anders.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Dead Are Older than the Living 2. Februar 2013
Von L. Pruski - Veröffentlicht auf
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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 Netherlands and Sweden, with some neighboring countries mixed in. When one looks deeper though, the novel is a treatise on guilt and human weakness, a contemplation of this side and the other side of our existence and non-existence.

I think that older people will appreciate this novel more than the young ones. One has to acknowledge the unavoidable proximity of the other side to understand some of the undercurrents present in the book. I was stricken by a beautiful sentence: "The dead are older than the living." I first thought it a quote from some famous philosopher. Not so. It seems to be Mr. Nesser's own. Beautiful. And wise.

To me "Hour of the Wolf" is the best of the six Nesser's novels I have read. It has an engrossing plot, economical and simple writing, and everything that happens in the plot leads to the final solution. As an icing on the cake it has an extremely funny ending, happening in New York, with Mr. Nesser having a field day writing about the U.S. culture. Some readers will complain that the denouement is predictable. Yes, it is. I do not care, with the book being so excellent in so many other ways.

A disclaimer: In some sense Mr. Nesser's work reminds me of novels by the great Nicholas Freeling, whose plots were located mainly in the Netherlands or France, but the locations felt just like "in Europe". Maybe I am biased, being a European.
Still, I have not had so much fun with a book for quite a long time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen scandanavian intrigue 18. Juni 2012
Von susan sundin - Veröffentlicht auf
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The detectives in Hakan Nesser's tales are very realistic, very human. Van Veeteran comes out of retirement to help solve several murders when he is drawn into the investigation on a personnal level. The atmosphere, both physically and emotionally is felt through Nesser's apt descriptions.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Masterful and Outstanding 25. Dezember 2012
Von Grey Wolffe - Veröffentlicht auf
This is truly a masterful procedural, which starts out slowly and never gets up pass second gear. It also never seems to get boring even though for many pages it just plods along. It starts off with a hit-and-run killing of a sixteen year old boy on a dark road on a rainy night. Then Van Veterran's son is found murdered in the waste ground behind a restaurant, and then the naked body of a woman is found dead in a ditch. They only connection between VV's son and the woman is that they were both killed by blows to the head from a metal object.

Thus begins the meticulous investigation by VV's old unit to try and solve his son's murder. Though many books have been written like this, that the solution evolves like the peeling of an artichoke, there is something of the way the Nesser develops the leads from one situation to the next that is truly remarkable...

Zeb Kantrowitz
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Move over Stieg Larsson! 29. November 2012
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I really enjoyed Hour of the Wolf and have become a great fan of Hakan Nesser. His plotting is flawless, his characters are solid and you still get to feel that 'anticipation' that is too often missing in some crime books
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thrilling Scandinavian Crime 4. Juli 2012
Von Adri v T - Veröffentlicht auf
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Nesser succeeds in relaying this murder mystry with haunting clarity. A hit and run, a retired police officer facing his most dusturbing case and a killer on the lose, all threads wowen together for a truly compelling read.
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