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A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander . . .
Van Veeteren faces a chilling case in Håkan Nesser's Hour of the Wolf, the seventh book to feature Chief Inspector Van Veeteren.
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 . . .
Hour of the Wolf is followed by book eight in the series, The Weeping Girl.
Despite the episodic nature of the story and its many elements of soap opera, Hewson (Carnival of the Dead) ably adapts to the page the first season of the hit Danish TV series, which tracks the efforts of tenacious Copenhagen homicide detective Sarah Lund to find the killer of 19-year-old Nanna Birk Larsen. The case has no shortage of suspects, and a link to the campaign staff of liberal mayoral candidate Troels Hartmann threatens to affect the election, as he tries to upset wily Lord Mayor Poul Bremer. Virtually everyone lies to the police, including suspects and witnesses. Dirty tricks from members of both campaign staffs, as well as corruption within police ranks, ensure an investigation in constant turmoil. Lund's planned and imminent departure for a job in Sweden lends urgency, and working with her replacement and co-investigator, Jan Meyer, adds to the tension.