#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport| BIG SISTER (Varg Veum) by Gunnar Staalesen (Translation by Don Bartlett) ‏(June 20th 2018, Orenda Books @Orendabooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of BIG SISTER, the next novel featuring Norwegian Private Investigator; Varg Veum by Gunnar Staalesen.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Karen @ Orenda Books and of course Gunnar Staalesen who gifted me an early copy of BIG SISTER. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office. A woman introduces herself as his half-sister, and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a 19-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her apartment in Bergen two weeks ago.

Since then no one has heard anything from her. She didn’t leave an address. She doesn’t answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously.

Veum’s investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered-up crimes and pent-up hatreds, and the trail leads to a gang of extreme bikers on the hunt for a group of people whose dark deeds are hidden by the anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal.

So, want to know what I thought?

WOW! I was ready for that! I have been reading a fair amount of contemporary romance of late (too much crime fiction make Sooz a little fuzzy headed) and I was ready to get my head back into the world of Noir and BIG SISTER was EXACTLY what I needed in my life!

After WOLVES IN THE DARK I continue to find it refreshing that Veum is not a sprightly young thirty-something man who displays quick reflexes and is able to acrobat himself out of any murky situation! No. Veum is in his sixties for startes. As such behaves as a sixty year old. He hurts. He sasses and is straight talking, which as a reader gets me excited to read what he can possibly get himself into next and when he does, how will he tackle it.

Taking on a missing persons case may sound simple enough, but as with most stories like this, once you start poking around and asking questions, separate stories and characters begin to appear from the woodwork. Gunnar’s writing pace allows for the reader to fully digest each of the characters and their own back stories, allowing us to form the bigger picture before we learn the conclusion at the end of the book.

BIG SISTER is an intrique web of lies, secrets, deceit and unspoken truths. It’s the classic story of pulling at a thread and seeing the whole thing unravel, but what Gunnar and Don have been able to do is allow the unravelling happen at a speed in which we can really feel everything come undone. It’s a particular credit to Don in his translation for English readers to truly feel Gunnar’s intention with this story.

I’m certainly looking forward to reading who comes knocking at Veum’s door next!

TL DR; It’s dead good. You should go buy this book yeah! 🙂


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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.


BIG SISTER is available now through the following outlets (but there are MANY others! Support local where you can!);

Waterstones | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository


Be sure to check out the other blogs who participated in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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