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Wolves at the Door

Gunnar Staalesen’s beleaguered PI Varg Veum is a perennial Nordic noir favourite and here the world-weary Norwegian PI is on another thankless mission. Escaping a frame-job for paedophila, Varg struggles to keep his relationship afloat when members of the same paedophile ring start turning up…
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Wolves at the Door

Written by Gunnar Staalesen, translated by Don Bartlett —Considered to be the godfather of Nordic noir, Gunnar Staalasen is an icon in Norway, so much so that his literary creation, PI Varg Veum, is immortalised as a statue in the centre of his native city…
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Video interview: Gunnar Staalesen

Film noir and crime fiction critic Dennis Broe has started a new series of video interviews, and one of his first victims is the Norwegian crime author Gunnar Staalesen (above). As an occasional Crime Fiction Lover contributor, Dennis has offered us his interview with the…
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Wolves at doors, bodies in wells...

On the Radar — There are delectable treats for crime fiction lovers from start to finish in this week’s new books column. We’ll start you off with some Nordic noir and the latest Varg Veum novel by Gunnar Staalesen, then take a dipsy doodle through…
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Big Sister

Written by Gunnar Staalesen, translated by Don Bartlett — Varg Veum, a private eye operating out of the Norwegian town of Bergen, can’t seem to catch a break. He compulsively accepts cases that pay little or nothing but which he solves nevertheless, often at great personal…
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He has risen

On the Radar — This week, our new books column gets going with a writer who first came to our attention in 2014, when he won a writing competition run by the Daily Telegraph and Harvill Secker. Abir Mukherjee’s prize was to have A Rising…
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Top 10 Nordic noir novels of 2017

They’ve been saying it wouldn’t last for a while now. And that tells you everything you need to know about Nordic noir. Although this year’s crop of books doesn’t have quite the same level of electric spark as last year – when we featured the…
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