Wednesday, 7 June 2017

#BlogTour: Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen @OrendaBooks #GunnarStaalesen #WolvesintheDark

Published by Orenda Books on 15th June 2017. My thanks to the publisher for the review copy and Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour.

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 Thoughts:

I am delighted to be taking part on the blog tour today. I am beginning to sound a bit like a broken record now where Orenda Books are concerned, but yet again they have pulled an amazing book out of the bag. They can do no wrong in my eyes. 

Wolves in the Dark has been translated perfectly by Don Bartlett, the writing seamless and the story rich. I believe that this is the 21st book in the Varg Veum series but this is my first foray. I read this one as a standalone, and that worked just fine but now I just have to go back and read the others to see what has brought Varg Veum into his current way of life and predicaments. 

Varg Veum is a private investigator, only this time he is the one being investigated. Child Pornography has been found on his computer, he claims not to know how it got there, has no idea how that is even possible. He is struggling to piece together everything as in recent times his descent into alcoholism has clouded his mind and his memories. The instability of Varg Veum makes him exciting, it drives suspense and intrigue right through the heart of this story. I was utterly gripped throughout. I am loathe to tell you more about the storyline, as I want you to find out for yourselves. There are some uncomfortable subjects handled within this story. 

There are twists and turns aplenty, enough to have kept me glued to my chair until the end. Fairly short chapters and the changing back between past and present made this book move along at a great pace, and just enough crumbs of clues etc meant that I was reading faster and faster to reach the conclusion.

Varg Veum is a brilliant protaganist, sometimes I love him, and sometimes I hate him. Much like in real life. He is nowhere near perfect and has many flaws, but this character breathes the life into this story and jumps off the page to bring us another dose of Scandinavian noir at its absolute pinnacle. There is also a fair few unsavoury characters in this story, to be expected. Varg Veum though is the star. 

Loved it! 

About the Author:

Gunnar 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. Don Bartlett is the foremost translator of Norwegian, responsible for the multiaward-winning, bestselling books by Jo Nesbo, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Per Pettersen. It is rare to have a translator who is as well-known and highly regarded as the author.

Please do have a look at some of the other stops on the blog tour.



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