Today’s post will be on Michael Connelly’s crime fiction novel The Poet.
The Poet is about a trail of police murders. A reporter, Jack, gets involved as it is his brother, a police officer, who has just been murdered. It follows a continuing trail of such murders of police officers. There is a short poem left at each of the murder scenes. They dub the murderer ‘The Poet’. Jack manages to get into the FBI ring investigating the crimes and realises something just isn’t right. They get a fax – the next murder victim has been picked. And it’s who he trusts the most that’s killing him.
1222 is a Norweigan crime thriller translated to English.
It tells the story of a train derailing occurring 1222 metres above sea level in the Norweigan mountains. There is a disabled ex-police officer on board this train. She is bound by a wheelchair, and her name is Hanne.
There is not much hospitality 1222m above sea level, but they are rescued by Geir, a lawyer who works in this area who takes to them to the only hotel – Finse 1222.
Holt’s true crime section of the novel now begins. There is an extra carriage which was heavily guarded attached to the end of the train. Suspicion is that they were transporting the royal family. But Hanne suspects it’s a prisoner, a high risk prisoner or terrorist.
A shooting occurs of a well known priest at Finse 1222. Of course, everyone is icelocked due to a blizzard, and there is no escape. Hanne begins her investigation, leading to someone you would least expect.
1222 is a brilliant thriller. Fantastic story-telling and it ticks all the right boxes.
1222 Anne Holt
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