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    Very, very good pace, great use of first person narrative.
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    My favourite so far...

    “Wolves in the Dark” published in 2017 by Orenda Books marks the 40th anniversary of ‘Varg Veum’ and is the 21st book in the series written by internationally renowned author Gunnar Staalesen. Excellent as a stand-alone too, this thriller is intelligent, compelling and well written and even though touches on a very sensitive theme, the story is highly entertaining and enjoyable. Translated seamlessly by Don Bartlett, nothing is lost in translation (as is often the case) and bar some Norwegian names and locations that you need to become acquainted with, this is a very easy to follow thriller. ‘When traces of child pornography are found on Veum’s computer, he’s accused of being a 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.’ I love stories that open with such a compelling start as this book and it certainly set the scene for the rest of the book excellently. Having read three books now in the series, I can honestly say that this is my favourite so far, since he wasn’t just solving a crime, he was determined to clear his name of something too heinous to even contemplate. As he pieces together events that happened two years ago whilst he was under the effects of alcohol (and are therefore very hazy) he begins to realise who is to blame for his incarceration and sets about to prove it. There was a unexpected twist in the conclusion that I didn’t expect to happen, never mind by the consequence of it and I thoroughly enjoyed how the author tied together all the lose threads and brought the denouement to a satisfactory ending. Gunnar is so well respected and enjoyed as an author in Norway there is even a life size statue of his beloved character Varg Veum in the centre of Bergen and after having read several of these books, I fully understand the attraction of the now aged and experienced private investigator. Twelve Norwegian film adaptions of the crime novels have also appeared since 2007, with no doubt still more to come and I look forward to the next in the series that I haven’t yet read - “Big Sister”. 5 stars
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