Today I’m one of two stops (Check out Meggy’s review HERE on Chocolate’n’Waffles!) on the blog tour for Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen and I get to share my review with you all. First though, here’s the all-important bookish information that you need to know!
About the book:
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.
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About the 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 five million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim, and a further seies is being filmed now. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour), lives in Bergen with his wife. There is a life-sized statue of Varg Veum in the centre of Bergen.
Varg Veum is back in another installment in the series and Wolves in the Dark deals with some very dark subject matter this time.
Veum is suspected of being part of a paedophile ring after incriminating traces of child pornography are found on his computer. Thrown into a prison cell, Veum tries to think of anyone from his past who would harbor enough of a grudge to frame him for this truly heinous crime.
While in prison, Veum gets a chance to escape, and he takes it! What follows is his quest for the truth, to find the perpetrators, and to clear his name. Life on the run is hard for him, and dangerous to those closest to him. Veum must work fast to try and get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding his arrest.
Wwolves in the Dark delves deep into the dark and seedy world of pornography and paedophilia. It addresses the deceit that keeps it going and the lengths to which people will go to keep it hidden.
A really complex story, with many different threads, Wolves in the Dark is a gripping crime thriller. If you enjoy Scandinavian crime fiction, especially Nnordic Noir, then this is definitely one to add to your list. Staalesen is undoubtedly one of the best authors in this genre!
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