A Year of Orenda – Wolves At The Door by Gunnar Staalesen

Today Mandie continues her Varg Veum catch up with a review of Wolves At The Door read this book a couple of years ago and if you want to find out how much I enjoyed it you can find my review right here. Here’s what the book is all about:

Source: Owned Copy
Release Date: 13 April 2019
Publisher: Orenda Books

About the Book

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 vengeance.

Mandie’s Thoughts

Wolves at the Door sees Varg Veum revisit a dark time in his life as events that threatened his freedom now appear to be threatening his life. Although you don’t necessarily need to have read Wolves in the Dark to enjoy this book it does explain a lot of the things that get referenced throughout.

After Varg is convinced that someone tried to deliberately run him down he finds that two of the three people he stood accused of child pornography with are both now dead. Both deaths were ruled accidental, but Varg is not so sure and takes it upon himself to do some digging into the circumstances surrounding the deaths. If you have read any of the previous books in the series then you will know that when Varg Veum goes digging he will question anyone he thinks has information that will solve the case, no matter how hard and uncomfortable those questions may be.

You always get the feeling with Varg Veum that he is as happy in his own company as he is with being in a relationship. No matter what he is doing he will always do his utmost to protect those closest to him but once again he finds that his actions are putting loved ones in danger and this time it may just be one time too many and you can’t help but hope that he will find a way to solve the case and keep his relationships alive now that he is finally getting back to a good place. Although you know that he has flaws, he really wants to work through them and be the person that he knows he should be.

Throughout the series I have grown to love the writing style of Gunnar Staalesen. He describes places and situations with the same attention to detail that really draw the reader in. When dealing with the less savoury sides of the investigations the reader is left in no doubt as to what has taken place, but it is dealt with in a way that does not sensationalise it. The pacing of the book matches the tone of the investigation and for me that just adds to the tension and frustration you can sense in Varg as he slowly pieces everything together.

Wolves at the Door can be read as a standalone as there is always sufficient detail for the reader to follow any past events however having read several books in the series I would heartily recommend that you start at the beginning as Varg Veum is a character that you will love to follow.

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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