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The Wolves At The Door by Gunnar Staalesen  Orenda Books  June 13th 2019

One dark January night a car drives at high speed towards PI Varg Veum, and comes very close to killing him. Veum is certain this is no accident, following so soon after the deaths of two jailed men who were convicted for their participation in a case of child pornography and sexual assault … crimes that Veum himself once stood wrongly accused of committing. While the guilty men were apparently killed accidentally, Varg suspects that there is something more sinister at play … and that he’s on the death list of
someone still at large. Fearing for his life, Veum begins to investigate the old case, interviewing the victims of abuse and delving deeper into the brutal crimes, with shocking results. The wolves are no longer in the dark … they are at his door. And they
want vengence.

My Review

You know you are in safe hands when Gunnar Staalesen produces another Varg Veum novel. The contents nor the trials and tribulations of Veum are not always pleasant to read but you know you are a guaranteed a cracking storyline.

Wolves At The Door was no different, but this the time the crime or crimes were a little bit too close for comfort for our investigator. Investigating people for child abuse is never easy but when Veum found himself implicated and connected you knew that he would do everything to clear his name, to bring those responsible to justice.  And this is just what he set out to do, but Staalesen didn’t take the usual crime route of fast paced, and sirens whirring interspersed with the odd bit of violence. no he slowed it right down.

Staalesen skilfully matched the pace perfectly to the pace of his investigator, it was slow, and methodical as Veum investigated every nook and every crany.

The characters he encountered all had secrets to hide, and you could feel Veum’s frustration as he questioned their answers and motives, wondered who was lying, who he could believe.

I liked that Staalesen was measured in his approach, in the ways in which he portrayed the abuse of the children. He didn’t blatantly flaunt it, but gave us glimpses that were both stark and horrifying, but relevant and in keeping with the subtleties of the novel. There was one scene towards the end that will stay with me for a long time but again it served a purpose, wasn’t thrown in for dramatic effect.

As i have already stated Wolves At The Door wasn’t fast paced but that wasn’t to say it wasn’t compelling or lack all the intrigue and twist and turns of a crime novel. It was a novel where the myriad of characters and Staalesen’s investigation into their motives and urges that was at the forefront. He perfectly highlighted the effects child abuse can have not only at the time but its repercussions later in life, how it can affect their everyday life and indeed how they might treat their own children.

The perpetrators were vile and despicable but in a way they too were also victims, but you couldn’t feel sorry for them, only disgust and contempt. The police did their best, the justice system often worked against them, their hands tied. This was what was so good about Wolves At The Door, Staalesen’s understanding, his ability to see the whole picture. He gave us a balanced, careful view that he brilliantly wove into the novels storyline. His investigator Veum, a man with dignity, respect and a tenacious need to not only clear his own name but see the real criminals brought to justice .

It was a stark and very dark novel, but an important one that was both thought provoking, intelligent and very good.

I would like to thank Orenda Books for a copy of Wolves At The Door to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour

About the author

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of twenty-two with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over twenty-three titles, which have been published in twenty-six 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 currently being filmed. 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.

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