Wolves in the Dark – Gunnar Staalesen – #blogtour

I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour today for Wolves in the Dark, written by Gunnar Staalesen and published by Orenda Books.

PI Varg Veum fights for his reputation, his freedom and his life, when child pornography is found on his computer and he is arrested and jailed. Worse still, his memory is a blank…

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.


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 multaward- 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.

MY REVIEW: I would like to thank Gunnar Staalesen, Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of Wolves in the Dark prior to taking part and being a stop on the blog tour. I can confirm that I chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.

OK, so let’s get this straight … I have never been a one for jumping into a series of books without starting at the first, never mind the twenty-first (and one of only a few translated in the UK) but Wolves in the Dark I have to admit before I delve into my reviewing thoughts is one exception I can safely say I won’t regret leaving behind my OCD for, nor did I feel at any point that I needed to stop because there was a part of the background story missing – jumping in at book twenty-one was perfectly fine.

Wolves in the Dark unfolds where PI Varg Veum is woken early by police banging on the door to arrest him on account of child pornography. Evidence, including photos of himself with children (that he claims he has no recollection of) are then found on his computer during the investigation. From here there on, the story takes many a shocking twist and turn, throwing the reader into a thrill ride where every corner turned is an unknown dark and dangerous void, not to mention sensitive subjects! I won’t delve further into the story line because of course, you have to find out for yourself but I can certainly say you’ll enjoy every single second.

With Wolves in the Dark I didn’t know what to expect. I truly honestly did not know what I was heading into or what type of story I was going to be reading, nor the direction it was going to take. There were so many loose ends at one point I couldn’t see where the story was going to go or how it was going to conclude, but then out of the blue a crescendo so big flipped the story a full 360 and it just all came together. 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.


If you would like to follow the Wolves in the Dark Blog Tour, you can do so at the following dates:

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