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Big Sister

Published Date: 16th January 2018

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1 April 2018
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20 June 2018
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Description

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 bedsit 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…
Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Big Sister reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.

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.‘Staalesen continually reminds us why he is one of the finest of Nordic novelists’ Barry Forshaw, Financial Times

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‘Employs Chnadleresque similes with a Nordic Noir’ Wall Street Journal

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‘Mature and captivating’ Herald Scotland

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‘Chilling and perilous’ The Sunday Times

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‘Masterful’ Publishers Weekly

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‘A Norwegian Chandler’ Jo Nesbø

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‘Staalesen is one of my very favourite Scandinavian authors and this is a series with very sharp teeth’ Ian Rankin

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Author

One of the fathers of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway, in 1947. He made his debut at the age of twenty-two with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over twenty titles, which have been published in twenty-four 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 Espen Seim. Staalesen has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour) and Where Roses Never Die won the 2017 Petrona Award for crime fiction. He lives with his wife in Bergen.

Translator

Don Bartlett lives with his family in a village in Norfolk. He completed an MA in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia in 2000 and has since worked with a wide variety of Danish and Norwegian authors, including Jo Nesbø and Karl Ove Knausgård. He has previously translated The Consorts of Death and Cold Hearts in the Varg Veum series.

Online Reviews

‘Once I had finished reading the book I realised that this is just one in a huge series of books about Varg Veum. There have even been film adaptations of his earlier books too. I can confirm that this book works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel and you won’t have any trouble following the story. This is an easy paced book. The writing is just superb and the plot was credible, keeping me glued to the pages right the way through. I am definitely going to have to read more Varg Veum novels after this one’ Whispering Stories

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‘As Veum investigates he follows leads deep into the dark web and into a gang of extreme bikers discovering cover ups and hidden secrets at every turn. The narrative never slows with Staalesen keeping the reveals coming thick and fast. Staaleson’s Veum is accessible, reliable and intuitively inquisitive. With the police unwilling to get involved so early in the disappearance its Veum who follows his instinct rather than police procedure which makes for much more human fiction. Searching for the truth has universal appeal and Gunnar Staaleson knows exactly how to lead us towards a startling climax. Credit also to Don Bartlett for bringing the story to life in English. If you ever find yourself in Bergen don’t miss the proud memorial to her most loved PI. His unassuming statue can be found in a suitably shadowy doorway close to the fish market’ Words Shortlist

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‘Another Varg, another quality read. There’s many things which take this crime series set in Bergen to a new level. It can be read as a standalone but as with all the best series, the backstory to the characters does add an edge to your reading … There’s a lot of interesting investigation and mystery and as the case unfolds, it’s fascinating and compelling to watch. As it’s such a personal case for Varg, who I feel I know so well, it was particularly interesting to read. There’s a lot to like in this novel but it’s the writing and the sharp turn of phrase which I really enjoy’

 The Book Trail

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‘Varg Veum has an entire world on his shoulder, scarred, fascinating, heart-breaking, but always, always perfect. I have no other words for it. I could get lost in Gunnar Staalesen’s pure style and his ‘old-fashioned’ cases which take me to another place. A place where time stops and the word investigation takes on a million meanings. You investigate a case, people, yourself, and life.  You get a full experience in the hands of a master of Nordic Noir’ Chocolate n Waffles

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‘Staalesen gives us a great sense of place, meticulously layering detail upon detail so that we, the reader, can imagine driving with Varg as he travels around Bergen and to Haugesund, where Norma lives, ferreting out information pertinent to the case. His dealings with Emma’s estranged, belligerent father lead Varg back to a sexual crime that took place decades before and to a group of bikers with criminal ties. And in typical noir tradition, the city Staalesen presents is dark, violence lurking around every corner. Staalesen was reportedly embarrassed when fellow crime writer Jo Nesbø labelled him a ‘Nordic Chandler’ but going by Big Sister, a beautifully constructed book, almost poetic, at times, in description, it’s a well-earned title’ The Literary Shed

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‘If your looking for fast paced then Big Sister is definitely not fast, instead it is slow burning and intricate. Just as you think you had worked it all out, another character crawls out of the woodwork, another discovery emerges and spins you in another direction. There is very little of what you would call action and violence, Staalesen makes you think, very much in the vain of older crime and thriller novels. There are one or two violent episodes and a graphic scene, but nothing that makes you recoil in horror as some crime novels. One thing that it does have in common with other crime novels is a fantastic twist towards the end, and I didn’t guess it! Big Sister is a quiet thriller of vivid descriptions of the towns and landscapes, it is a novel of characters and their traits, both good and bad. It is a novel with a contemporary feel that exudes from the pages and I loved it’ My Bookish Blogspot

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Big Sister is a brilliant example of Nordic Noir, full of dark secrets and chilling characters. I love the way in which Staalesen writes his books both in terms of his prose and short chapters which is just asking for ‘just one more chapter’ when you are trying to put the book down! Once again, Don Bartlett has done a sterling job with the translation because other that the names and locations, it is impossible to tell that this book wasn’t originally written in English. I thoroughly enjoyed Big Sister and I didn’t want it to end – another brilliant read (and translation)’

 Have Books Will Read

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‘I really enjoyed this story, it was well paced and kept me hooked! I loved the story line and found myself addicted to the plot – I needed to find out how the book ended but also didn’t want it to stop at the same time!  It is more of an old style crime thriller and I really enjoyed it for that as it stood out from a lot of other books available at the moment … Four stars from me for this one – looking forward to reading more by this author!’ Donnas Book Blog

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‘I think this is book twenty in the series but with the way it is written a reader can pick any of the books up and follow them easily. This one was the third that I have read and they are all later in the series. I haven’t noticed any spoilers and Varg is the type of character who you feel like you would want to always have around. Quiet, determined, and even though at times he appears to be a loner there are always people there who he can turn to. I have enjoyed all the books that I have read so far but this is my favourite. This is the one where the poetry comes through. How many authors are there who can make rain sound so enticing?’ Steph’s Book Blog

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‘To me it seems to make a book even more gripping and I find myself tearing through the pages to see what happens next, this was very much the case here. The ending is a satisfying one, but Staalesen cleverly leaves little breadcrumbs in those last few pages that will happily lead us to the next Veum investigation. This is a book with incredible plotting, twists that you don’t see coming and a main character that you instantly warm to and want to spend time with. Dark, thrilling, thoroughly absorbing and hugely enjoyable. A big recommend from me!’

 Emma’s Bookish Corner

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‘This is a slow paced story, but it was touching and so real that when I finished the book I wanted to read another case of the detective Varg Veum. The author made a really difficult case easy to discover, one knot after another he dissolved all the tangles of the case, and it was not an easy one! This is the first book I’ve read of Gunnar Staalesen, but is the 20th book of the series Varg Veum, I am not surprised that everyone loves this author, it makes the story real, like you are part of the story and the characters are real, amazing! … Be prepared for a surprising book full of twists and a very sad story’ Varietats

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‘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! … 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. 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!’

The P Turners Book Blog

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The title Big Sister is an homage to Chander’s The Little Sister, and it’s great to report the return of the Marlowe-esque wisecracking: ‘[the coffee] was as bitter as a row over a family inheritance in Sunnmøre.’ I hope Don Bartlett had some fun with the translations. That’s not to say that this is a light read. Some of the crime described is disturbing and the obligatory violent scene is not pleasant (and I’m not sure how Veum recovers so quickly). But there is huge pleasure in engaging with a novel that sets out so boldly to entertain and to provoke and succeeds so well at both’ Café Thinking

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‘Staalesen presents us with a softer and more reflective Varg this time. Don’t get me wrong, he still portrays him as a person possessed when it comes to sniffing out the truth and getting justice for victims, but this time he is less grumpy and sarcastic about it all. It is Nordic Noir meets modern day crime, and it changes the perception of Scandinavian countries a wee bit. Forget the image of the easygoing and law-abiding people, immerse yourself in the darker side of the Nordic people. It’s emotional without being soppy, whilst taking the reader on an action packed ride. The author doesn’t placate the reader with happy endings, instead he forces them to stare into the face of reality’

Cheryl MM Book Blog

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‘The novel is not fast-paced, but the surprises, the revelations (not only about the case, but also about Varg’s family and past) are enough to keep the tension high and keep you glued to the page. The characters are well-developed and I especially liked the character of Varg. I found him realistic, smart, calm, and he knows how to get people to talk even when they don’t want to. The dark, evocative Norwegian setting is suitable for the novel, the perfect frame for the crimes at the center of the story … I will be recommending everyone to read this thrilling, dark, entertaining novel’ Book After Book

‘I really enjoy reading about Varg Veum as a character. Something about him makes him seem really gentle, and relatable. This is what I love about these books, the comfort in picking up the book and feeling like you are catching up with an old friend. Staalesen’s lyrical prose makes it an engaging and enthralling read, and I look forward to reading the next in the series. Big Sister is an excellent example of Nordic noir. Hints of menace coupled with a chilling climate make this the perfect locational mystery. There is also an emotional element attached to these books, and that is extremely prevalent in Big Sister. Highly recommended!’ Bibliophile Book Club

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‘Chandler-esque PI novels aren’t always my cup of tea – I often find the detectives too sardonic and the plots too convoluted – but Big Sister was an enjoyable read, in as much as a dark Nordic crime thriller ever can be! An accomplished and confident novel that has been ably translated by Don Bartlett, Big Sister combines a suspenseful, finely-tuned narrative with a social conscience and a empathetic, strong-willed protagonist. The end result is a sharp and intelligent thriller that will delight noir fans and no doubt introduce many new readers to the name Gunnar Staalesen’ The Shelf of Unread Books

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Big Sister represents Gunnar Staalesen at the peak of his powers. In my view Don Bartlett has done his usual sterling job of recreating this bravura performance … and I hope my input has helped it reach the hands of the English speaking reader intact’ West Camel of Orenda Books writes a guest post as part of the Big Sister blog tour. Breathing Through Pages

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‘This is a beautifully balanced piece of writing which leads you effortlessly through. The character of Varg Veum is as forensic as ever as he relentlessly sets about getting to the truth … As you read on, you feel as though you are unravelling a puzzle which adds to your enjoyment. I enjoyed seeing how Varg dealt with the people he comes across, be they in authority or not. The setting around Bergen and elsewhere is carefully evoked and I love Gunnar’s measured style, in this case, superbly translated by Don Bartlett. This is a thriller with quality running through its centre. It is thoughtful, incisive and observational – a real class act. In short: a nordic thriller with a contemporary edge’

Books, Life and Everything

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‘My enjoyment of the way Veum was delving into the inquiry kept my reading momentum going. Having only read one of the author’s previous books, I can now see why so many consider Gunnar Staalesen such a gifted writer. His ability as a wordsmith coupled with the creativity to create such dynamic characters is truly amazing’ Victoria Colotta

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‘Staalesen’s fluid dialogue, so resonant of the hardboiled masters, is here in spades, and complimented by a twisting and testing plot, and with no exceedingly obvious guilty party there was, as always, much to enjoy here. With pithy references to the ills of contemporary society, the habitual strong sense of place, and a beautifully weighted translation again by Don Bartlett, Big Sister is a brilliant addition to one of the most consistent and enjoyable European crime thriller series. Just what will Staalesen put Veum through next I wonder…. Highly recommended’ Raven Crime Reads

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‘THE BIG SISTER is a labyrinth of mystery, thrill, deadly secrets and family; ending at point where you would definitely want to read the next book in the series. The book and writing reflects upon the talent of the author to weave a mystery and provides a testimony that he is a seasoned author. Whenever it starts to clear up what the mystery is, the tale spins in an unforeseen direction. The readers cannot anticipate what next turn would the story take. It’s a perfect amalgamation of emotion, mystery, and danger’ Book Worldliness

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‘There are moments of high tension and drama in this book, sections where you can cut the atmosphere with a knife, where Veum is in deep jeopardy with no clear indicator as to how he may over come it. This is where Staalesen’s true skill lies. In creating an absolute sense of peril without actually having to resort to any great moments of violence on the page. He creates such an idea of setting, such perfect pacing in his prose, that it is not necessary … This is another brilliant read, full of the atmosphere that I loved about the last book, an honest look at complicated family situations and the impact that they can have upon those at the heart of the story’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews

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‘Staalesen delivers with his crisp writing and a scenario that is current and feels incredibly realistic. There’s a delicious depth to his characters and it feels as if you’re there with them in the moment, as you become invested in them and their emotions. This is only the second book I’ve read by Staalesen but I already expect nothing less than an intricately plotted story. There are a few magnificent twists I didn’t see coming at all and it kept me utterly hooked from start to finish … It is intriguing, full of suspense and another fantastic example of Scandi-Noir at its best! Finally, shout-out to Don Bartlett for another seamless translation!’ Novel Deelights

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‘Staalesen has an impressive command of language and flow, and I loved the way he built up the action by degrees, until it is almost a surprise when the pace starts racing and and leaves you breathless. Unsettling, beautifully written and with a consummate command of his prose (hat tip to translator Don Bartlett), this is a novel that offers so much more than just another crime story. Like chocolate, it is rich, dark and bitter, but it flows smoothly, lingers on the palate and leaves you wanting more’ Live and Deadly

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‘I don’t know what it is about Mr Staalesen’s writing but my reading style changes. I slow down, savouring every word.  There is a poetic feel to Mr Staalesen’s narrative, this could be the structure of the Norwegian language or simply the way he choses his words. Either way, I am totally transported to Veum’s world and I’m there with him every step of the investigation. and I have to say Varg Veum is doing pretty well for a man of his age! Another cracking read from Mr Staalesen.  Bring the next investigation!!’ A Knights Read

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Gunnar Staalesen writes a guest post about his decision to name the novel Big Sister, how his writing and it’s meaning translates to other languages and his biggest influences in the genre. Always Trust in Books

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‘So for a first time reader of this author I found the story addictive, interesting and as if I was being drawn down a tunnel that got darker the further I went. It had a good amount of suspense and kept me engrossed, I would have happily rad it in one sitting if I didn’t have to go to work. It has also left me wanting to know more about PI Varg Veum so I will be looking for other books by Gunnar Staalesen. I must also say that the translator Don Bartlett has done a fantastic job, the translation is seamless. If you are after a gripping, slower paced Nordic Noir that is dark and full of suspense then this book really is worth reading. It works really well as a stand alone and I would definitely recommend it’

Me and My Books

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‘There are lots of twists and turns throughout the book which definetly kept me on my toes.  The huge twist at the end made me gasp as I really wasn’t expecting that to me the outcome.  I found myself flicking back through the pages wondering if I should have realised things earlier. This is the first book by this author that I have read and I look forward to reading more from him in the future.  If you like slow building, cleverly plotted and intriguing books you’ll love big sister’ Over the Rainbow Book Blog

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Gunnar writes a guest post titled ‘countless characters’ as part of the blog tour. Off-The-Shelf Books

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‘Staalesen’s Chandler-esque first-person voice works well to create a dramatic interplay between Varg’s investigative musings and his own fate, emphasised by Norway’s soul-reflecting emotive scenery, firmly in the tradition of Nordic noir. But the narrative tension Staalesen creates is achieved by not disclosing Veum’s true suspicions until the moment he confronts the guilty with his theory … Fans of Varg Veum, who have been following the series of books featuring the somber Norwegian PI will not be disappointed. Readers of Nordic noir who enjoy the darker travails of Scandinavian cops ErlendurHarry Hole, or Konrad Sejer, will find much to enjoy in Varg Veum. The godfather of Nordic noir is in top form with an action-packed and dramatic story whose culmination blends the tragedy of two funerals tinged with tenacious hope of a family reunion that will leave you choked up and wanting more’ Crime Fiction Lover

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‘Staalesen’s writing is pitch perfect and the translation by Don Bartlett is, as always, flawless. Big Sister is well paced and it is the combination of his writing, the characterisation of Veum and a tight plot that makes this book so good. Every word is perfectly placed and yet comes across as effortless. Staalesen has perfected the character of Veum and it really feels as though he is talking directly to you. I adore Veum’s dry observations of life and his down to earth manner … The wolf is back and he is on top form! Big Sister is dark, contemporary, intelligent and incredibly well written. A real page-turner, it’s a fantastic addition to the series’ Bloomin Brilliant Books

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‘The author wastes no time to getting into the meat of the story. The book starts off with the half-sister presenting her case to PI Varg Veum. Although, a little surprised, Veum is professional and still takes the case, which put him onto a trail of a bunch of strange people in this young woman’s life. Although, it is a slow burn of a book, I really enjoyed the build up!  I love how much detail is in the story telling, and how smart and experienced our PI is. Very intriguing and interesting to read and definitely had me turning the pages to find out and uncover more. If you like a book that will have you guessing until the end, then this is the one for you!  Solid 4☆☆☆☆ stars from me!’ Vanessa Turns Pages

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‘Emma’s personal life is a complicated one that Veum unravels a little at a time. Veum’s family isn’t the only one that had skeletons in the cupboard but some are more heart breaking and devastating than others. I can’t go into the story as it really would spoil it but whoa Staalesen certainly steals the show for suspense, shocks and pure hard life tragedies. This is a story that left me numb as it knocked the stuffing out of me. A brilliant read and super flawless translation’ Books from Dusk Till Dawn

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‘I found Varg Veum a real likeable character, he was passionate about his role as a private investigator and wanted to ensure all the cases he had reached a conclusion of some sort. He also had no judgement towards his clients, he just wanted to get the job done.  Big Sister is an addictive read and one that I did not want to put down as I just wanted to know what happened to Emma. It’s yet another book by Gunnar that I loved and will be waiting for his next novel to be released’  The Secret World of a Book Blogger

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Big Sister is a fantastic Nordic thriller by Gunnar Staalesen, translated by Don Bartlett the descriptive writing really takes you away puts you right in the middle of a mystery … I like that it has short chapters so I didn’t feel so guilty whispering to myself… just one more chapter! I really liked Gunnar’s style of writing, descriptive in a way that’s visual, conjuring up images in your head and transporting you to different places. This bit here where he is describing November in Bergen really stuck out for me..’ Not Another Book Blogger

Big Sister begins fairly slowly, as the early parts of the investigation yield very few leads. But suddenly, everything escalates, and this gives the novel an injection of urgency. I found the build up of tension at this stage incredible, and my reading was spurred on by the sense of danger within the novel … The complexity of the plot is ultimately what made this novel so fascinating for me. Staalesen’s attention to detail is second to none, and I loved the way that details that at first seem minor later form an integral part of the plot. I dread to think how many clues I missed, and there are a few twists that I’m still scratching my head about. I enjoyed being kept on my toes throughout this novel! Nordic Noir is fast becoming one of my favourite subgenres, not least because of the amazing descriptions that really captured my imagination’

Portable Magic

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Gunnar writes a guest post about ‘what detectives eat’ as part of the blog tour for Big Sister. The Quiet Knitter

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‘There’s a good story here. There were a lot of seemingly random threads that I struggled to follow at first, but the way they were brought together at the end was very clever and satisfying, and I enjoyed the direction in which the author took things … The inclusion of Scandinavian names and places helped to add a great deal of authenticity to this book, which I liked. I had no clue how to pronounce them but they added an extra dimension to the setting! There was a muted tone to the descriptions of Bergen that worked really well for the story’

 The Paperback Piano

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‘There are some dark and emotional twists and turns. What I found interesting about the book was how strands of Norma and Emma’s past family history weaved together as Varg attempted to find out the truth as to what has happened to her. You get the sense of a dark undertone, and I found myself hoping that Emma’s disappearance wasn’t going to be connected to what Varg was learning the truth about. With an addictive plot, believable and relatable characters, this is a novel which I highly recommend’ Hooked From Page One

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Big Sister is truly excellent … There are many times that the first person narrative alludes to Varg’s previous cases and adventures, but there are no spoilers at all and I don’t even know if they are from previous books or just there as background. But I know one thing; It’ll be fun to find out … It weaves a dark tale of betrayal, outlaw biker gangs, sexual violence and suicide. It is a gripping read from start to finish as our hero Varg runs into dead end after dead end as he tries to discover what has happened to his half sister’s goddaughter Emma. His style of writing is relaxed and easy (no doubt that this is also in part to Don Bartlett‘s translation), and is sprinkled with dark humour and great, realistic and superbly realised characters. This may be my first Gunnar Staalesen, and Varg Veum, book, but, as Freddie Mercury as my witness, it most definitely will not be my last. Magnificent stuff. Highly recommended’ Beardy Book Blogger

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‘There is something just so fantastically absorbing about Staalesen’s work that I’m always longing to read more. To me it’s like enjoying a good mug full of coffee, you have to take your time with it and savour every moment before you get the kick. It’s not a fast-paced thriller; Staalesen’s prose is a much calmer affair that lures you in and immerses you in its mystery. A real slow-build but with not a single spare word – it’s the writing of a master at play, really. Richly detailed yet concise, tightly-plotted fiction that effortlessly packs more punch and weight than novels three times its page count … Every time I think I’ve read the best book I will in a year, Orenda drops a new Gunnar Staalesen that jumps straight to the top of the list’ Mumbling About

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Big Sister was recommended as one of 5 international crime reads for June. Crime Reads

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Big Sister is a chilling read, there is a real sense of foreboding and darkness from the outset, which continues to work its way under your skin, probing and poking at your brain … The author builds up the powerful suspense with an expertise that is astounding, complex plotting perfectly paced provides a terrifying Nordic Noir journey’ Chapter in my Life

Gunnar is interviewed as part of the blog tour. Chat About Books

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‘What novels like Big Sister have shown me, is that there is a richness to this genre and a reason why so many people love them. It is a novel with layers of story and characterisation, that places it right at the top of it game. Gunner Staalesen has delivered a masterclass in storytelling and this book will delight existing fans and I hope draw new readers to Veum’s world. It is heady stuff and compulsively addictive to read’ Books are my Cwtches

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‘I enjoyed the story and although it seemed rather slow to start with this was necessary to set the scene and introduce the other characters. The second half does pick up the pace though and there are frequent twists and turns. This is quite a dark feeling novel, with almost a menacing tone to some of the writing.  Although I think that it would help understand the main character more if you had read the previous novels, the actual story works well as a stand-alone too. Towards the end this is one of those books where you think it is about to conclude, but then suddenly another twist is thrown in and your thoughts change again. I enjoy reading Scandinavian noir and this could well be the start of a great new series to try. Once again I think my ‘to be read’ pile is going to get bigger’ A Crime Readers Blog

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‘As Veum delves into family history, it turns out there’s more than one big sister in the frame and the past has an explosive way of catching up with the present. For a long while, it appears he’s getting nowhere, yet Big Sister doesn’t disappoint. Staalesen returns to familiar themes but with new insights, weaving a tale where plot threads – through persistence – eventually yield up their dark secrets. He reveals another side to Veum and the more we learn, the more there is to know’ Claire Thinking

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Big Sister is packed full of mystery and suspense. Whilst not a fast paced action thriller, the author commands your attention and has you hooked from the first page and keeps you there until the last. The series is certainly crying out to me made in to one for the television screen. Another intriguing and entertaining read’ By The Letter Book Reviews

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Gunnar writes a guest post about Brann (fire) and the secrets of football as part of the blog tour. Page Tuners Nook

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‘I really enjoyed the writing style of this novel, Staalesen’s writing is very creative, detailed and compact. I admire, how he can put so much into his words. For me, this book was very pleasant to read, except for the names of characters and places. I had a bit of a difficulty sorting out the characters, because their names didn’t stay in my head, and I skipped most of the place’s names because it was difficult for me to pronounce them. I loved the short chapters, which this book had to offer, and the whole book was a pretty quick read. Even though the ending concluded the story very nicely and with another surprise, it still left some cliffhangers, which will be bothering me until the next book. So, to conclude, it is very fast paced and suspenseful novel, filled with very intriguing characters and very surprising twists and turns, and I do strongly recommend to give this book a try. Enjoy the sun and a good book!’ Book Inspector

Ronnie Turner posts an extract of Big Sister as part of the blog tour. Ronnie Turner

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