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Wolves at the Door by Gunnar Staalesen

Genre: Crime
Source: Random Things
Ratings: 4/5

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.

My Thoughts

This is a very disturbing case, not only because the main character Varg Veum is risking his life but for the difficult theme that is discussed, child abuse.
Varge Veum was accused in the past for having some child pornography on his computer, he was innocent and all the charges were dropped but his reputation and life was not easy to recover after that. Now he is much better and doesn’t have to remember that horrible period of his life again. Until one car tries to kill him; it may seem an accident, the police thinks so, but he is a PI, a very good one and he thinks that there’s something more. So, when he starts investigating and the other two men that were arrested in the same case as him are dead as “Suddenly and Unexpectedly” he knows that there’s something more to it and maybe he will be the next one.
This is a difficult book, I’ve never been in favour of the vigilantes, but I can not think how can someone “accept” that a child you love and care had been abused and you have done nothing or couldn’t help them. The author tries to show us that in an abuse case not only the child suffers but all the people that surrounds them; their family and friends, and is not something that you simply can forget.
This is the 21st book of the series and possibly it would be easier to read more of the books of the series to know more Varge Veum, but you can read it as standalone. This is an amazing noir crime story and I am sure you’ll be glued to every page of the book wanting to know the truth and how Varge and his perseverance solve this case.

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.