Wolves in the Dark – Gunner Staalesen

Welcome to my stop on the Wolves in the Dark blog tour. Please also stop by the fabulous My Chestnut Reading Tree, I’m thrilled to be sharing my stop with the lovely Joanne 🙂

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Published: 15th June 2017 (Orenda Books)

PI Varg Veum fights for his reputation, his freedom and his life, when child pornography is found on his computer and he is arrested and jailed. Worse still, his memory is a blank…

Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum’s life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts.

When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he’s accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material… and who is seeking the ultimate revenge.

When a chance to escape presents itself, Varg finds himself on the run in his hometown of Bergen. With the clock ticking and the police on his tail, Varg takes on his hardest – and most personal – case yet.

Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Wolves in the Dark reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.

My Review

It’s incredible to think that this is Gunnar Staalesen’s 21st Varg Veum novel yet he is relatively unknown within the UK…..but I’m sure that’ll quickly change! Staalesen has 3 books currently translated into English, published by the lovely Karen at Orenda Books however this is the first one I have read (yes of course the others are patiently waiting on the bookcase!) but I didn’t feel disadvantaged not having read the previous books as there was enough back-story coverage to let this one standalone.

Veum is a private investigator however he finds himself at the centre of a criminal investigation when he is arrested as part of a suspected paedophile ring with some exceptionally incriminating evidence on his computer. Veum is innocent and is determined to establish who has hacked his systems, planted this information and wants him thrown in prison. What follows is a who’s who of people who Veum has crossed in the past who may now be seeking their revenge – and the list is long and not very attractive!

As I’m finding with translated fiction, the pace of book is slower than I am used to with an intricately woven plot, full of twists and red herrings, with a number of undesirable characters with shady pasts!


About the Author

Granite Noir Fest 2017Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over four million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour), lives in Bergen with his wife. When Prince Charles visited Bergen, Staalesen was appointed his official tour guide. There is a life-sized statue of Varg Veum in the centre of Bergen, and a host of Varg Veum memorabilia for sale. We Shall Inherit the Wind and Where Roses Never Die were both international bestsellers.


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