It is my pleasure to be closing out this Blog Tour! I would of course, as every #BlogTour like to thank the team at Orenda Books, Anne Carter and Gunnar Staalesen for gifting me an early copy of WOLVES IN THE DARK. I am forever grateful and ensure that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
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 pedophile 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.
So, you want to know what I think?
There is something special about Nordic authors in the sense that they are able to create pretty outstanding novels within a series – but each of them can stand on their own. WOLVES IN THE DARK is another great example of an established series and characters, but we don’t lose any of the story. I sometimes feel that this is where some UK/US authors lack.
As the blurb suggests, we are thrown straight into the story as our leading man; Varg Veum is arrested for possessing child pornography. Veum is desperate to clear his name and discover who is behind the crimes. What Veum is not prepared for is the vast web of which has been spun in order to protect individuals from a wider network of perpetrators. This made more difficult when Veum has trouble remembering certain events which could provide key detail.
One thing I tend to find with Nordic authors also is that no subject is taboo, especially the subject of child abuse. Gunnar Staalesen was able to write about these crimes in such a way that don’t shy away from the ugliness of the situation and tend to tackle it head on – without the need to be overtly graphic. The reader can paint their own pictures while reading the story.
The story is pretty fast paced and we are keeping up with the action taking place while Veum stalks around his home town, interviewing key players, whilst trying to piece together the puzzle as to his arrest. We are left on a pretty big cliff-hanger, which I am sure has been left this way intentionally in order to set the scene for the next novel! A cracking read!
About GUNNAR STAALESEN:
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.
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