#BlogTour: Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen

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Once again, I am delighted to be taking part in another #Orenda tour! Whenever I am offered a book published by Orenda then I know that I am in for a treat. Karen Sullivan has an uncanny knack of picking some of the best books out there to publish and when I pick one up then I can predict that I am going to be engrossed for a while! So huge thank you to Anne of Randomthingsthroughmyletterbox who organised the tour and Karen of Orenda Books for inviting me to be a part of the #BlogTour for #WolvesInTheDark by Gunnar Staalesen.

What the blurb says:

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:

Wolves in the Dark takes us on a dark and twisted journey through the Norwegian town of Bergen as Varg Veum runs against the clock in an effort to clear his name from the accusations levelled against him. We meet Varg as he is arrested in connection with an international paedophile ring and it seems the evidence against him is stacked pretty high. Taking an opportunity to escape from police custody, Varg is soon on the run and tracking down those behind his arrest.

This is a taut and cleverly written plot; while Varg is in custody his narration takes us from his current predicament to previous cases he has worked on as he tries to work out who could have framed him for these horrendous crimes. Never graphic or gratuitous, the novel manages still to convey the horror inflicted on the vulnerable as Gunnar Staalesen explores the all too real theme of prostitution, people trafficking and child abuse. I was left in no doubt of the very real terror that those affected face.

Although this is the first of Gunnar’s novels that I have read I didn’t feel as though my experience of the book was hampered in any way. It is clear that Varg is a man with a chequered past and his demons are such that he is left wondering at times if he was, in fact, guilty of the crimes for which he was accused of. His self-destructive behaviour and blackouts have left him vulnerable to others and despite his self-doubt as a reader, I believed in him all the way through the book. I immediately found myself connected with Varg as a character. Clever narration took me right inside of his head and from page one he intrigued me, Wolves in the Dark left me hungry to find out more about him and his past.

Gunnar has created a strong sense of place in this novel and it certainly transported me to the streets of Bergen despite never having visited Norway before in my life! He excels in bringing the streets and surrounding countryside to life! The Norwegian setting adds to the atmosphere and Gunnar Staalesen has created a wonderfully dark and dramatic landscape on which he paints out this plot

Wolves in the Dark is a powerful, engaging and compelling thriller which has lost none of its punch in translation. Would I recommend you read it – well that will be a HELL YEAH!

About the author:

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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. Don Bartlett is the foremost translator of Norwegian, responsible for the multi award- 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.

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