Thanks to Trafalgar Square Publishing for sending me this eARC through NetGalley. I visited Bergen, Norway in 2009 and our guide recommended this series by Staalsen. I purchased the only book available in English The Writing on the Wall and enjoyed it. This book has Varg Veum taking a case from a half sister that he meets for the first time. She asks him to search for her missing goddaughter. His search leads him into an unsolved rape from many years before. There were several un ...more
After tracking him down, Norma Bakkevik wasted no time with small talk. She wants him to find her teenage god-daughter, Emma Haglund. She left a troubled home life & moved to Bergen several weeks ago but no one has heard from her since. Varg has many questions. About Emma….and about Norm ...more
Varg Veum is a private investigator. One afternoon he is visited by a woman, Norma, who explains to him that she is his half-sister who was given up for adoption before he was born. She is there because she is looking for her God-Daughter, Emma, and needs Varg’s services. She explains that the young woman was studying to be a nurse and moved out of her bedsit two weeks ago and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Varg thinks that it will most l ...more
It was my serendipity read for the month of October. Sometimes they are a gem find, sometimes they are not. This one was not despite my being a fairly strong fan of Nordic who-dun-its of every genre tinge- be they milder or gritty dark.
This one was far, far overlong to the point of tedious. And the P.I. who is Varg is 61 years old. The big sister is 76 years old. So that tells you a little about the pas ...more
It was really good to meet up with Varg again. I was actually quite happy when his half sister turns up as thought it might bring something to his solitary lifestyle. Obviously being a crime book, someone just turning up out of the blue like that is going to bring a certain amount of mystery along with the ...more
Varg Veum is surprised when a half-sister he’s never met shows up in his office. She needs his help in finding her goddaughter, Emma, who disappeared without a trace. Since Emma is nineteen and took personal belongings with her, the police don’t take her case seriously and aren’t looking for her. Varg Veum promises to investigate but he has no idea what he’s getting himself in to.
The investigation leads him to uncover a horrific crime, while als ...more
In Big Sister, Veum finds out that he has a half-sister, Norma. The only reason he finds this out is because Norma turns up at his office needing his help in finding her missing goddaughter Emma. Emma has vanished from Bergen, and Norma figured this was as good a reason as any to track down her half-brot ...more
When Varg receives a surprise visit in his office, a woman who introduces herself as his half-sister, he is shocked that she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a 19-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her apartment in Bergen two weeks ago and since then, no one has heard anything from ...more
Thanks to Orenda for this free copy:)
It goes without saying that Staalesen consistently produces crime thrillers to the highest standard, and con ...more
When Varg is commissioned to look for the missing god-daughter of Norma Bakkevik, the case ...more
This is the third Varg Veum novel I’ve read and I have to say each one is different from the last. With this one, Veum is surprised by a visit by his big sister who has a case for him. I was intrigued how the disappearance of Emma led Veum in so many different directions and gave him so much information, not all necessarily all related, about the past. I loved the personal journey that Veum went on when he ventured down one of his avenues of in ...more
Gunnar Staalesen is back and once again proving why he is regarded as one of the best Nordic Noir thriller on the scene. He is also is my favourite way of visiting Norway without having to put up with the cold weather and the darkness of a Norwegian winter. Big Sister is once again Staalesen at his sublime best, with all his darkness and throwing in a surprising twist when you think you have everything sorted out in your mind.
Varg Veum’s world has changed, well around ...more
With this novel I felt like I got to know Varg more. There is the case he is trying to solve, which he does in his usual way. Mainly by annoying ...more
This is yet another new to me author as I join in the Varg Veum series. Sometimes I think this is a good thing especially when the book works as a standalone, as this one does. It ...more
Here I am. Sitting at my desk late at night on a Thursday. The way it should be to try and find the right words to express how each Varg Veum story is like good aquavit.
The first time someone offers a glass, you say no, thanks.
The second time, curiosity wins and you are charmed by the taste, although you cannot pinpoint why.
You make the third time happen by pouring it yourself. Once. Twice. And again. Soon it becomes an addiction.
Okay, maybe this is not my best metaphor!!! But this is how I see...more
Varg Veum is surprised on the job my his half sis Norma Johanne Bakkevik who offers him an offer he may not be able to refuse.
A 19 yo god daughter trainee nurse has gone missing after moving out of apartment.
Cover ups are involved, Internet stalkers are apparent, death may be imminent.
Wow! This has everything a new thriller should and it won't disappoint by Team Orenda!
Thank you Gunnar Sta ...more
Norma turns up out of the blue to tell him they are related and to ask Varg whether he will look for her missing god-daughter Emma. He instinctively feels compelled to help, despite the fact his sister is vague and secretive abou ...more
After WOLVES IN THE DARK I continue to find it refreshing that Veum is not a sprightly young thirty-something man who displays quick reflexes and is able to acrobat himself out of any murky situation! No. Veum is in his sixties for startes ...more
The protagonist of the novel is Varg Veum, a private investigator who would have never thought that the first time he met his half-sister Norma would be when she asked ...more
I really enjoyed this story, it was well paced and kept me hooked!
I loved the story line and found myself addicted to the plot - I needed to find out how the book ended but also didn't want it to stop at the same time! It is more of an old style crime thriller and I really enjoyed it for that as it stood out from a lot of other books available at the moment.
This is part of a series but I haven't read any of the previous books and it read fine to me so I'm ...more
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 sacrifice. Body and soul.
When a stranger strolls into his improvised office embedded in a hotel, she is no exception to this pattern. She has even less to offer Veum, except for one startling fact – his new client turns out to be his long lost ...more