So today we’re going on a trip….to Norway. I love the Varg Veum books from Gunnar Staalesen. They’re one of the few translated crime novels that I love to read. I will admit I’ve not read many foreign crime novels but these I will come back to each time there is a new release.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books for my copy of Big Sister and to Anne for having me on the blog tour!
PI Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office from a woman who introduces herself as his half-sister, and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a nineteen-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her bedsit in Bergen two weeks ago. Since then no one has heard anything from her. She didn’t leave an address. She doesn’t answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously. Veum’s investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered-up crimes and pent-up hatreds, and the trail leads to a gang of extreme bikers and to a shadowy group, whose dark actions are hidden by the anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal…
Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Big Sister reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.
What Did I Think?
In November, rain is the personification of gloom,
This is the third Varg Veum novel I’ve read and I have to say each one is different from the last. With this one, Veum is surprised by a visit by his big sister who has a case for him. I was intrigued how the disappearance of Emma led Veum in so many different directions and gave him so much information, not all necessarily all related, about the past. I loved the personal journey that Veum went on when he ventured down one of his avenues of investigation. Is there more to come with this thread of story?!
I love the Scandinavian names – Knut, Annemette. These are so different to the ones that I come across in my normal reading and I have to admit that my head’s pronunciation probably does the Norwegian no justice in the slightest.
The writing kept me hooked. I don’t know what it is about Mr Staalesen’s writing but my reading style changes. I slow down, savouring every word. There is a poetic feel to Mr Staalesen’s narrative, this could be the structure of the Norwegian language or simply the way he choses his words. Either way, I am totally transported to Veum’s world and I’m there with him every step of the investigation. and I have to say Varg Veum is doing pretty well for a man of his age!
Another cracking read from Mr Staalesen. Bring the next investigation!!
Don’t forget to catch up with the rest of this epic blog tour!!
Who Is Gunnar Staalesen?
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 series is being filmed now. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour) and the Petrona Award, and been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger, lives in Bergen with his wife.