Blog Tour: Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen

Things have been a bit hectic and stressful for me lately.  So much so, in fact, that I completely forgot to put my stop on this blog tour in my calendar and as such only realised yesterday that today was my day for posting.  This forgetfullness also means that I can’t find the extract that I was meant to be posting and I realised this too late to be able to get it re-sent.  However, what I have done instead is post the synopsis for you to read, and the praise and comments that Gunnar Staalesen and Varg Veum have received from both authors and newspapers so you can get a feel for the book.  I have a copy on my to read pile and I’m looking forward to reading it once things quieten down.

So, read on and see what you think.  Is it the book for you???

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Synposis:  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.


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•‘Gunnar Staalesen is one of my very favourite Scandinavian authors.  Operating out of Bergen in Norway, his private eye, Varg Veum, is a complex but engaging anti-hero. Varg means ‘wolf’ in Norwegian, and this is a series with very sharp teeth’ Ian Rankin

• ‘A Norwegian Chandler’ Jo Nesbo

• ‘Gunnar Staalesen was writing suspenseful and socially conscious Nordic Noir long  before any of today’s Swedish crime writers had managed to put together a single book page … one of Norway’s most skillful storytellers’ Johan Theorin

• ‘With its exploration of family dynamics and the complex web of human behaviour, Staalesen’s novel echoes the great California author Ross MacDonald’s Lew Archer mysteries … mature and captivating’ Herald Scotland

• ‘Norwegian master Staalesen is an author who eschews police procedural narratives for noirish private eye pieces … with some abrasive social commentary’  Financial Times


Granite Noir Fest 2017


Author bio:  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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