Wolves in the Dark

Written by Gunnar Staalesen

Review written by Rob Scragg

Rob lives in North East England. He works in Recruitment by day, and is usually to be found knee deep in a pile of books as a reader and reviewer by night. He has recently signed with The Blair Partnership, and his debut crime novel will be out in Spring 2018.


Wolves in the Dark
Orenda Books
RRP: £8.99
Released: June 15, 2017
Pbk

Varg Veum is a Private Investigator, reeling from the death of his soul mate. Countless months spent drowning his sorrows have left him, and his business, in ruins. When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he finds himself arrested and branded part of an international paedophile ring.

He swears he’s innocent, that it’s all a set-up, but what scares him most is that there’ve been so many booze-fuelled blackouts in the last few years, even he starts to wonder what he might have done in a drunken haze. With no real allies to speak of on the Police force, Veum seizes upon a chance to escape, and clear his name.

The clock is ticking. The evidence is overwhelming. If he is innocent, why would someone go to such lengths to set up a washed-up P.I.? Veum has to stay one step ahead of the Police, piecing together what little he remembers of the past few years, in a desperate attempt to convince them, and himself, that he’s not the man they think he is.

Varg Veum, and all his flaws, make for a dark, gripping thriller. The self-inflicted gaps in his memory keep the reader guessing right along with him, as to what he is and isn’t capable of. Dipping back into Veum’s cloudy memories of the last few years throws up so many possibilities, one of which is his own guilt. The pace slows a little in places, but by the end, all the strands twist back together to make for a satisfying ending to a compelling read. 



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