Welcome to my spot on the blog tour! I’m delighted to post my review for Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen, translated by Don Bartlett and published by Orenda Books.
Wolves in the Dark
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.
Wolves in the Dark is a dark, heart-wrenching, suspenseful and utterly brilliant novel. This is my first book by Gunnar Staalesen and now, after reading this book I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to read the other books in the series. I wish I had read them sooner. (The links are down below if you’d like to take a look!)
Private investigator Varg Veum is arrested for having child pornography on his computer and accused of being a part of a huge paedophile ring. Dubious to who put it there, Varg is left in the sparseness of his prison cell to sift through his memories for likely culprits. With but a handful of clues, Varg escapes and, piece by piece attempts to track down a foe who has decided to take revenge in the form of one of the most horrific and harrowing ways possible. With the police searching for him, his precious moments of stolen freedom depleting, Varg’s only chance to prove his innocence slip away in a race against time that will have you holding your breath until the shocking end.
Wolves in the Dark is a fantastic novel. All the way through, it had me guessing, clinging to the those clues and pieces of information, desperately trying to discover the outcome. Varg is a character you really connect with. He’s intelligent, kind and incredibly observant. A character whose investigations you know you will want to follow for a long time to come. Utterly brilliant!
The writing in this book is just outstanding. Rich and intuitive. The descriptions vivid and insightful, easily giving us a picture of Bergen to marvel at. The similes were so refreshing and brilliant. I actually reread them a few times just to fully take in their uniqueness! Intriguing and shocking, parts of this book will make you shudder and others breathless with shock. Suspense and tension abound in this work of genius – I can’t recommend it enough!
Wolves in the dark is a fantastic introduction to the Varg Veum series and I’m so, SO excited to read more. It shows that the more personal the investigation is, the higher the stakes, and as you will see, you can’t get much higher than this.
Wolves in the Dark is an unforgettable, addictive novel that will have you waiting with bated breath for the next in the series.
Fast-paced. Shocking. Engrossing.
Here are the links if you’d like to read some of the novels in the Varg Veum series!
We Shall Inherit the Wind: link
Where Roses Never Die: link
Wolves in the Dark: link.
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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.
Huge thanks to Karen and Anne for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!