New Book: Hour of the Wolf by Hakan Nesser
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New Book: Hour of the Wolf by Hakan Nesser

A teenager walks home late one night after missing the last bus, when on a lonely road he is run over by a drunk driver and killed. The driver, not planning to bother with any consequences of his deed, moves the body and wipes out all traces of the accident. The killer-driver's life goes on, and he even has a new love interest. But then, he receives a letter from a blackmailer who claims to know what he did and will make it known unless our drunk driver gives him a bag of money.

A teenager walks home late one night after missing the last bus, when on a lonely road he is run over by a drunk driver and killed.

The driver, not planning to bother with any consequences of his deed, moves the body and wipes out all traces of the accident.

The killer-driver's life goes on, and he even has a new love interest.

But then, he receives a letter from a blackmailer who claims to know what he did and will make it known unless our drunk driver gives him a bag of money.

Our killer driver decides he must stop this dead in its tracks.

At the restaurant where he has to leave the money, he kills the guy who comes to get the bag.

But, it seems he had made a terrible mistake.

The police of Maardam, a fictional town in the north of Europe, are determined to catch the killer.

Hour Of The Wolf is written by Hakan Nesser.

Here is a review from Eurocrime

The reader knows quite a bit more than the police, including why the particular victims were chosen, because much of the book is told from the point of view of the perpetrator. But when one breakthrough is finally made towards the end, the book switches perspective to portray events only from the investigators' view.

This device provides a tense finale to the novel as the police follow leads, gather evidence and make the necessary deductions - with the odd flash of helpful inspiration, naturally.

I found this book to be similar in style and impact to the marvellous Martin Beck novels by Sjowall and Wahloo, in particular in the manner in which the investigation is described, as well as in the descriptions of the thoughts and personal lives of the police officers, accompanied by occasional pointed authorial observations and value-judgements.

In addition to this structural framework, the intense suffering of a previously detached and cynical man, when faced with a personal tragedy, is very movingly depicted. I very highly recommend this book, and I'll end my review with a typical quote from Van Veeteren: "Life is much over-rated. But it's better if you don't discover that too soon.

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