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Wolves in the Dark

Published Date: 5th March 2017

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9781910633731
£5.99
15 June 2017
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9781910633724
£8.99
15 June 2017

Description

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.

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.

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

‘While Staalesen is a great inventor of plots, he remains very loyal to his protagonist and he has written countless stories about him. Huge numbers of readers follow Varg Veum and his adventures; so much so that in Bergen he has his own bar (which is in the building where his fictional office is located). I enjoy all Gunnar’s books, and it feels unfair to highlight just one; but maybe the first is the one I like the best. Gunnar’s books are recommended in Reader’s Digest as part of a 7 must read books in the Nordic Noir genre.’ Reader’s Digest

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‘The story itself is a page turner although it is very dark and covers a difficult subject matter. At some points I had my head in my heads thinking, oh my lord.  There are some quite distressing scenes in the book as Varg processes his memories but what a puzzle Staalesen has written. I honestly couldn’t guess who was involved, I’ll admit I was wrong so many times but that’s what I loved about this book, it wasn’t in the slightest bit predictable. This really is a thrilling Nordic Noir.’ It’s all about the books

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‘As I’m finding with translated fiction, the pace of book is slower than I am used to with an intricately woven plot, full of twists and red herrings, with a number of undesirable characters with shady pasts!’ Have Books Will Read

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‘The tension was kept high throughout and it was like walking along a knife edge at times. Staalesen knows how to write chilling drama into his crime novels and his experience and in depth knowledge of his popular character really delivered for me. And it looks like there’s plenty more to come!’

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‘The sense of setting, of place, of character, that I drew from this novel was superb. It is no wonder that Staalesen has had such a prolific career and is heralded as a true statesman of Nordic Noir. His writing is truly masterful; careful crafted and honed over forty years of writing, and Staalesen has created, for me, one of the most immediately compelling and intriguing characters I have read this year.’

Jen Med’s Book Review

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‘The underworld of Norway never fails to prove a complex and riveting backdrop in Nordic Noir and Staalesen spins a delightfully well plotted story that delivers a hugely satisfying read as all the strands come together toward a denouement that left this reader gobsmacked …  I cannot recommend Staalesen enough and even though it’s only June, Wolves In The Dark may well be the best book I read this year.’ Mumbling About

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Wolves in the Dark is a sinister depiction of the criminal underworld and the inherent dangers and risks of internet hacking, but the incredibly heavy subject matter is lightened throughout the book with Veum’s dry sarcasm and witty reflections. Released on 15th June, Wolves in the Dark is an often uncomfortable, gritty read; which will appeal to those who like their crime more complicated than clean-cut.Earl Grey and Cupcakes

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Wolves in the Dark has a complex plot with a large cast of characters which demonstrates Staalesen’s story-telling skills as he intricately weaves each thread together … Compelling, dark and perfectly plotted with a protagonist that shines, Wolves in the Dark is a great read that will appeal to those who yearn for a more complex storyline than their usual crime thriller.’ Bloomin Brilliant Books

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‘The subject matter is distasteful, and it is quite a brave man who would choose to write in such areas. Staalesen does, though, pull it off. Wolves in the Dark is an exciting and well constructed thriller, covering pretty dark subject matter. A great addition to the world of Scandi Noir.’ Trip Fiction

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Wolves in the Dark is a dark, heart-wrenching, suspenseful and utterly brilliant novel … 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 … Wolves in the Dark is an unforgettable, addictive novel that will have you waiting with bated breath for the next in the series.’ Ronnie Turner

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‘The story is fast moving and full of blood rushing, adrenalin pumping scenario’s, it’s finished off with a fantastic twist that has you thinking back over the story to see if there were any clues you had missed, I for one definitely did not foresee the ending. This is an absolute 5* review from me.’ Wrong Side of Forty

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‘An enjoyable and thrilling Nordic noir with a chilling plotline, written in a cynical style and the utterly disturbing topic of paedophilia.’ Bits about Books

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‘This is a hard-hitting, dark thriller with difficult subject matter that is very well handled. It is a well-paced thriller with excellent dialogue and the short chapters keep the pages turning long into the night. If you like your thrillers dark and intense with a hard-boiled protagonist, Wolves in the Dark will definitely appeal.’ Reading Writes

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‘Gunnar Staaleson focuses on the characterisation and imbuing his novel with a taunt sense of atmosphere.  It reels you in and makes the reader feel they are within the pages of his story, right next to the hero Varg Veum. Masterfully he reveals the threads of his novel slowly, never once trying to give his readers an easy opt-out clause. Once you have started reading Wolves In The Dark, you won’t want to put it down, because it’s deliciously addictive.’ Books are my Cwtches

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‘Abrupt, damaged and dark, Staalesen uses his character centred narrative technique to drive the plot and hook the reader. And let me tell you, this worked. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how Veum was going to get out of this mess and hoping there would be no truth to it.’ Clues and Reviews

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‘Jo Nesbo describes the author as a Norwegian Chandler and I find the description is accurate. However, I feel that Veum is a more damaged character than Marlowe … The ending left me eager to know what happens next, I hope it isn’t a long wait. I’m also optimistic that the earlier books will be translated. I would love to get to know more about Veum.’ Steph’s Book Blog

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‘This tale kept me guessing all the way through – I really had no idea who had set Veum up … I really like Staalesen’s writing, I don’t know if it’s because of his own personal style or he writes in a Scandinavian/Nordic style, but it’s very different to my normal read of more anglicised authors.’ Crime Book Junkie

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‘This novel is shocking. It is about child pornography and not always easy to read. I always think it is brave and ambitious when an author tackles such subjects and I was intrigued to see how it was handled in this novel. As I said, it is shocking at times but it is also well managed and ultimately a very gripping and well paced, plot driven narrative.’ Bibliomaniac

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‘There are twists and turns aplenty, enough to have kept me glued to my chair until the end. Fairly short chapters and the changing back between past and present made this book move along at a great pace, and just enough crumbs of clues etc meant that I was reading faster and faster to reach the conclusion.’

 Reflections of a Reader

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‘The character is complex and interesting, the characterisation strong, the writing excellent and the fact that this case gets very close and targets Varg Veum himself intrigued me from the off. It’s a tricky book to read due to the subject matter and I admit I felt uncomfortable more than I did intrigued. The old Varg Veum is there and he is desperate to learn how he got involved in this hideous case and since I felt I know Varg well from other books, I needed to know as well!’ The Book Trail

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‘This is at times an uncomfortable read, yet fascinating, thrilling, and action packed too. Varg sits on the edge of official, and dangles his legs over lawful, yet his morality is clear to see and feel. ‘Wolves in the Dark’ is another profound, dark, yet enjoyably readable tale from Staalesen and I can thoroughly recommend joining this series.’ Liz Robinson, Love Reading

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‘Staalesen is a master at what he does and, after reading Wolves in the Dark it reminded me exactly how much I want to read all of the other Veum novels … it’s a hard read in places due to the subject matter.  Don’t let that put you off though as Veum is an addictive character and Staalesen is a master of the thriller.  And aren’t books supposed to make us all feel a little uncomfortable at times?  I, for one, am looking forward to the next instalment and meeting up with Veum once again.’ Damp Pebbles

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‘It’s bleak and depressing in many ways, and a reminder that even when crimes are solved there are still victims for whom there isn’t a simple happy ending. Wolves in the Dark is an intelligent and insightful novel and I’m looking forward to reading more of Gunnar Staalesen’s books, I hope this pioneer of Scandinavian crime fiction continues to enjoy well deserved success in the UK too.’ Hair Past a Freckle

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‘This latest instalment of Staalesen’s long-running Bergen-based Varg Veum series is equally intense, with a brutal plot and at least one genuine sharp intake of breath moment … This is a tightly, expertly written, thrillingly satisfying tale – as you’d expect from a writer who has been published in 24 countries and sold over four million copies worldwide.’ Book Lover’s Booklist

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‘It’s an engrossing book, and it was interesting to see how the story that started out with Veum trying to remember his past then everything started slowly getting more clearly as the story progressed. The ending, well, gave some answers, but not everything was resolved. And, the cliffhanger was excruciating and now I want the next book to read!’ Bookaholic Swede

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‘I loved every single razor sharp edge it presented. What a blindingly great Scandinavian novel full of the complexities of human behaviour. Seriously, I mean what is it with Scandinavian authors? It’s like they’re a whole cut above everyone else. Amongst them all, the level of talent is just ridiculously immense.’ Page Turner’s Nook

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Wolves in the Dark is perhaps the most thriller-like of my Varg Veum novels. It opens with Varg being arrested by the police, because they have found illegal material (children pornography) on his computers. It is soon clear (I hope) that this material is put there by someone who is out after revenge on Varg for something in the past.’ Gunner takes part in a Q & A session as part of the blog tour.

From First Page to Last

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‘I don’t really think that this story suffered anything for me not having read the previous 20. Wolves in the Dark can comfortably stand alone on its own merits as a self contained story. I have really enjoyed my first foray into Varg Veum’s complicated world, and if my reading time ever allows I would like to head back to the beginning and see where he started out.’ Jaffa Reads Too

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‘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!’ Chapter in my Life

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‘Wolves in the Dark is indeed a dark and repugnant tale of child pornography, criminal enterprise, murder and betrayal … It is a searing indictment of and strong social commentary on everything we understand today about this kind of crime. It carries a strong and bitter relevance for the reader. Outstandingly told, and with Veum’s real human frailty exposed, Staalesen has created a complex and riveting tale with real power and authority which deserves to be read.’ Live and Deadly

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‘I write crime fiction because I have always loved reading crime stories – ever since I first read the Hardy Boys books, and then experienced my first ‘adult’ crime mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles.’ Gunner takes part in an interview as part of the blog tour. Criminally Good

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