BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: WOLVES IN THE DARK By Gunnar Staalesen

Posted June 27, 2017 by Renee / 15 Comments

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Wolves in the Dark, published by the wonderful Orenda books and available now as an ebook and Oct 1 in paperback

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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 pedophile 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.

REVIEW

Well, this is my second foray into the world of Varg Veum and I have to say I’ll officially follow him wherever he goes! I first met Varg in Where Roses Never Die (review here) and there was just something so compelling about his character that by the end of that book I felt like I’d found a new friend. I know many of you may see that this book is #21 in the series and may think you’re too far behind to give it a try but you can most definitely pick this up as a standalone as the author does a brilliant job of providing enough backstory for new readers as well as enticing established readers with a different side of Varg.

When Wolves in the Dark begins, Varg is in a much better place emotionally and physically than when we left him in Where Roses Never Die. After having been consumed by his grief over losing his love Karin, Varg had sought to drown his sorrows with copious amounts of alcohol, often blacking out and losing large chunks of time. In Wolves in the Dark, he’s in a stable relationship, sober, and feeling like he’s got a reason to be happy again. This new found happiness is short lived, however, as Varg soon finds himself implicated in a web of internet child pornography so intricate that he may never get himself out and clear his name. Who hates him so much they’d set him up in such a despicable way?  I absolutely loved how the author set this all up. In order to sift through possible suspects in terms of who had it in for Varg, he revisits some of his old cases which was a perfect way to help orient new readers to the bad guys from Varg’s past. Needless to say, there are plenty and soon we have many viable suspects. I have to say a quick point here about the subject matter involved in this story: child pornography. Now, part of me dreaded reading this because I didn’t know how I would get through those details and while it was certainly hard to read certain bits and pieces, overall the author kept the details to a minimum, allowing the subject matter to stay on the periphery of the story.

In terms of the pacing, I really loved how Staalesen upped the action in this story, especially about a third of the way in when Varg makes a snap decision to take matters into his own hands, going rogue so to speak! I loved this aspect as it made for suspenseful, action packed reading. Make sure to pay close attention though, as this is an intricate puzzle of a mystery that had me completely in the dark as far as ‘whodunit’ which, by the way, is exactly where I like to be. If you like gritty, noir mysteries with compelling, layered characters I think you should definitely put this book, or any of the other Varg Veum’s at the top of your tbr.

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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 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.

Many Thanks to Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater for my copy and for inviting me on the blog tour! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Varg in the future

Be sure to stop by the other fantastic blogs on the tour!

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15 responses to “BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: WOLVES IN THE DARK By Gunnar Staalesen

  1. Didn’t know this author until this post. Glad you mentioned that this can be read as a standalone. I am definitely intrigued by the story. Great review.

    • Thanks Diana! This is only my second book and I feel like either this one or the previous Where Roses Never Die can be read as standalones, but I think you’ll be tempted to go back and read more because of the great character Varg Veum as well as the well written mysteries.

    • Thanks Inge! I thought this was even better than his previous Varg Veum, I couldn’t figure either mystery out though which is what I really love about the way this author crafts his stories. Hope you give this series a try!

  2. Varg Veum is such a fabulous character, and the author knows just how to balance everything in his stories so it never becomes repetitive, it keeps on surprising you (that decision! Never saw it coming xD)! Great review!

  3. I remember the other book and I know you said it’s still worth it, but I can’t add another series haha At least now… maye in a few years 😛

  4. Yvo

    Great review! Good to see yet another positive opinion about this author and series; I really have to get a copy of one of his books ASAP.

  5. Susie | Novel Visits

    I don’t know why, but I just can’t do series (no matter how great they sound). Fear of commitment? Still, I love reading your reviews.

    • Thanks so much Susie! So is that all series or just ones that are on #21 as this one is? 😅 I’ve been known to jump into a series at pretty much any point if it comes highly recommended but they are a commitment.

  6. Susie | Novel Visits

    I’ve had a few exceptions (The Hunger Games and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series), but for the most part I read the word series and run the other way! Still, if the series was short and a good match, I’d try one again.

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