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Yours Until Death

(Varg Veum #2)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  381 ratings  ·  53 reviews
It was at their 'torture chamber', a hut in the pinewoods nearby, that Varg Veum, Private Investigator, first encountered the gang's pathetic but deadly ferocity. Eight-year-old Roar's bicycle had been stolen and not an adult in sight dared retrieve it. But a preliminary brush with such youthful violence was as nothing compared to what awaited Veum when he got to know Roar ...more
Paperback, 331 pages
Published January 2010 by Arcadia Books (first published 1979)
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ΠανωςΚ
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μια ίσως λανθασμένη εντύπωση: στα νεότερα νουάρ μυθιστορήματα, τα κλισέ του είδους χρησιμοποιούνται ειρωνικά, ως ένα μετα-οτιδήποτε σχόλιο. Απ' την άλλη, στο όχι και τόσο νέο (1979) νουάρ μυθιστόρημα «Δικός σου ως το θάνατο» ο συγγραφέας κυριολεκτεί όταν χρησιμοποιεί τα κλισέ του είδους, η τσαντλερική μίμηση γίνεται με σεβασμό και το τελικό αποτέλεσμα είναι γοητευτικότατο παρά τις βαρύγδουπες φράσεις, που εντέλει απολαμβάνεις, του στιλ: «Αλλο τίποτα δεν είχα να τη δώσω, ούτε και της έδωσα. Ημουν ...more
Paul
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Yours Until Death – Norwegian Noir at its best

Yours Until Death by the Norwegian writer Gunnar Staalesen was originally published in 1979 in his native Norway and in English for the first time in 1993 and now re-released by Arcadia Books and I think they are on a winner. More importantly he comes highly recommended by Jo Nesbø who calls him “A Norwegian Chandler” and having read and enjoyed this crime thriller I cannot disagree this is Norwegian Noir at its best.

Gunnar Staalesen in Yours Until D
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Manolis
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, loved
Είχα ακούσει μια ιστορία για έναν τύπο από την ανατολική Νορβηγία, που είχε νοσηλευτεί στο Μπέργκεν με ρήξη στον αστράγαλο. Όταν επέστρεψε στο Όσλο και πήγε να τον εξετάσουν εκεί, ο γιατρός έριξε ένα βλέμμα στον αστράγαλό του, τον κοίταξε ανήσυχος και τού είπε: «Στα Επείγοντα του Μπέργκεν πήγες;» Ο ασθενής έγνεψε κατατρομαγμένος και ο γιατρός φώναξε ένα γκρουπ τελειόφοιτων που βρίσκονταν εκεί κοντά. Μαζεύτηκαν όλοι γύρω από τον τραυματία και τον κοίταζαν σαν να ήταν μια σπάνια περίπτωση. Ο γιατρ ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Varg Veum, convinced of the wife's innocence, investigates the murder of her ex husband in her flat. The plot itself is quite slim but I thought this was real Scandinavian noir. The writing is spare and to the point. Veum is an intriguing, contradictory character. On the one hand he is a romantic but he is also a violent man. He tries to eat healthily and runs but he also drinks too much. He is solitary but loves talking and the list goes on. Mr Staalesen also has plenty to say about social cond ...more
sslyb
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This private investigator sure has a lot to say. First in a series. Hope they get better.
Χρήστος Καψάλης
Αν δεν έχετε ανακαλύψει ακόμα τον Ευρωπαίο Φίλιπ Μάρλοου κι αν δεν έχετε συναντήσει ακόμα τον Σκανδιναβό Ρεήμοντ Τσάντλερ, σπεύσατε.

Ο Ελρόι κάποια στιγμή έγραψε πως “ο μεγάλος Ρέη (σ.σ Τσάντλερ) μου δίδαξε ότι η μίμηση αποτελεί τη χρυσή λεωφόρο προς την μετριότητα”.

Ο Staalesen στην πρώτη πετυχημένη ιστορία του ντετέκτιβ Βαργκ Βέουμ μιμείται, αλλά δεν οδηγείται στην μετριότητα. Δεν είναι βέβαια Τσάντλερ, αλλά έχει αυθεντικό ενδιαφέρον.

Ο Βαργκ Βέουμ είναι ένας κλασσικός αντιήρωας, ένας ντετέκτιβ μ
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Rick
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An early entry in the series (#2 I believe). Good read, but not great. Still recommended.
Yaroslav
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Раз шесть ее в школе читал. И вот опять взялся. А она, оказывается, насквозь про взрослых.
Stan Lanier
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
"It was one of those days when people go around with faces like clenched fists and it doesn't take much to make them attack. The afternoon arrived slowly and late. As if it didn't want to show up at all."

"Hamre sat on the law-abiding side of one of those desks everybody is issued with in offices that have the personality of a deoderant."

"My head felt like a rotten orange somebody had stepped on....My body hurt, my face looked like a prop in a bad thriller."

"February is a short-legged man somewhe
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 Olivermagnus
Varg Veum is a not so successful private detective in 1970s Bergen, Norway. One day an eight-year-old boy named Roar comes to his office and hires Veum to find his bicycle which has been stolen by a local gang of teenage thugs. Roar lives alone with his mother but he doesn't want her to try to get the bike because the gang members assaulted the mother of one of Roar's friends who tried to get her son's stolen bike back. Varg meets leader of the gang, Joker, who appears to unstable and the situat ...more
Anastasia
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-crimes
Ο Βαργκ Βέουμ είναι ένας από τους πιο αγαπησιαρικους ήρωες αστυνομικού νουάρ....κοφτερό χιούμορ,φιλοσοφημένο μυαλό....η αστυνομική πλοκή είναι μάλλον το πρόσχημα για να βουτηξεις στο γκρίζο του νορβηγικού χειμώνα....κυριολεκτικά κ μεταφορικά....
Η ιστορία εξελίσσεται σε αργό ρυθμό,καμιά σχεση με Νεσμπο,αν κ ο ηρωας κουβαλά μερικά από τα κουσουρια του Χολε...ωστόσο,κόντρα στην έλλειψη δράσης,βρίσκονται οι ξεχωριστές σκέψεις του Βεουμ,οι απολαυστικοί εσωτερικοί του μονολογοι, κ οι φιλοσοφημενοι του
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Bookmaniac70
Не очаквайте напрегнат, динамичен сюжет със сложни логически главоблъсканици! Силата на Гюнар Столесен е в бавното, спокойно повествование, в което има място за лирически отклонения и психологически портрети.

Цялото ревю за "Аз чета"
Susan
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Philosophical private investigator. Too much philosophy for me.
Reiji
Oct 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can see why in some mood and under certain conditions people may enjoy this story. It's a bitter story told in a bitter way that can ruin your day if you read it. It can also come off as needlessly verbose, not helped by the protagonist never turning off his noir speak or letting anything go by without a mental comment.

If you came for "An unbearably tense novel of revenge, murder, bereavement" a murder mystery or a story about a community besieged by a teenage gang, you got the wrong book. The
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Denise Mullins
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Solid-albeit predictable- Nordic Noir tale involving marginal detective Varg Veum who becomes embroiled solving a convoluted murder when an eight-year old boy hires him to find a lost bicycle. Yes, this smacks of 1940's kitsch, but Staalesen does work in some hauntingly memorable descriptions of the locale and his childhood even while he adds a hefty dose of sarcastic humor.
Based on the number of physical altercations that Veum finds himself, you might expect that he'd be in ICU for and extende
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R.E. Conary
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
An intensely introspective novel concentrating more on meanings in life rather than catching a killer. Maybe it's the influence of those long Scandinavian winters. Henning Mankell's Wallander novels have much of that same feeling. As a detective Varg (whose name means Outlaw and is a running gag in the story) chases a lot of red herrings and -- like Jim Rockford -- gets beat up a lot before stumbling to the right solution. This story is very different plot wise from the Norwegian TV episode I wa ...more
Christian
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another highly enjoyable read by Staalesen. A very good crime novel that is someone driven along more by the characters than the plot. It’s an earlier book of his, #2 in the series but a fantastic read that delves into character really well. Varg is a lead character depicted extremely well, and you feel like he’s someone you may know in your own life etc. Definitely recommend the book.
Joe Kosarek
I liked the way the book began. The writing reminded me of the Laidlaw series, but it meandered at the end. I am going to try the next in the series.
Linda
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I didn’t realize there is a genre called Norwegian Noir. A good translated crime novel featuring private investigator, Varge Veum. I look forward to reading more of this series.
John
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overly verbose, wafle, either a bad translation or an author in love with the sound of his own writing
Maria Sole Bramanti
Grazie a thrillernord.it

“Era uno di quei pomeriggi di fine inverno in cui l’aria sapeva di morte, da qualsiasi parte uno si girasse”
Se amate le atmosfere del detective Marlowe, di quei film in bianco e nero, in cui la calda voce del protagonista vi accompagna per tutta la storia, raccontandovi i suoi pensieri, “Tuo fino alla morte” è il libro che fa per voi.
È uno di quei romanzi da leggere con calma, sorseggiando un buon whisky, fumando un buon sigaro, accanto al caminetto acceso. Uno di quei li
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Steve Isaak
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Yours is a straightforward, full-of-snappy-dialogue and entertaining non-mystery (the bad guys are easily sussed out), with few - if any - twists in the plot. That said, this word-lean book doesn't seem to be focused on shocking plot convolutions, but rather a philosophical, wry and sometimes melancholic rumination on relationships and love - if that was the author's intention (and it reads like it was), then this is an above average novel with a quirky and engaging lead character.

Worth reading,
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Kb
I had a profound review of this book half-written in my Goodreads app and forgot to save before moving on. I doubt I'll be able to reproduce what I had previously typed.

I know I wanted to say that this book is very much a product of its time (late 1970s) and modern forensics techniques would have eliminated the central mystery in short order. Likewise, the world has moved on from the philosophical questions about love, sex, commitment, and fidelity that seem to underlie every heterosexual relat
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Greg
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Yours Until Death is the first of the Varg Veum books translated into English although, oddly, not the first in the series. Based in Bergen in Norway, Varg is a dissolute small-time private investigator, and was formerly a Child Welfare officer.

The book opens with a young child walking into Varg's office seeking help recovering his bike from some vicious bullies. Varg agrees to help, and gradually starts to get involved with the boy and his recently-separated mother. After the mother asks Varg
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Merq
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked the vivid language and the lonely world of the private investigator Varg Veum. This book is for adult taste and full of sad but true facts of life itself, of people who are just randomly living in it and of love which sort of just happens, or not. Nordic theme showed from the book truthfully and I could imagine the everyday life in a Norwegian village with its unfortunate residents. Book had a kind of sad and distant feeling in it, probably because it was from the point of view of Varg V ...more
Varun
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Gunnar staalesen's creation Varg Veum owes less to his scandinavian counterparts than what he owes to the great creations of Hammett and Chandler.

He is a wisecracking,offbeat and enigmatic detective who makes the novel pretty interesting.The book was written in 1978 and already it feels a bit dated.I figured out the mystery long before it was finally revealed.Some subplots are there for simply no reason.They do not serve any purpose to the plot or the characters.But I am willing to give this ser
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Bruce Hatton
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: norwegian-crime
This is the third of Mr Staalesen's books I've read featuring his melancholic, divorced, wise-cracking private detective Varg Veum. Alas, only five of this series of twenty have been translated into English.
"Yours Until Death" was the second in the series and originally written in 1979, so it actually predates Henning Mankell's "Wallander" series by 12 years and comes just three years after the last of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö's "Martin Beck" series. Considering that the central themes of "You
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Lexie Conyngham
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
It‘s not the author’s fault or even the translator’s that some of the words seem to have come through a little oddly in this edition – dutch for clutch, fiat for flat. If you can skip past those (and there aren’t too many of them) the brittle, spiky descriptions can make you laugh, or cry, or sit back and love the beauty. I like Bergen so I enjoy the setting, and the plots are 1970s noir-ish – well-paced, a little dark, reminiscent of Raymond Chandler. The plots are tight and the pacing good. Th ...more
Bill
Jun 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foreign-mystery
An early Varg Veum novel. The second I read. It reminded me a great deal of Ross MacDonald. The hard boiled detective dealing with family issues that transcend the sordid crime that sets the plot in motion. I came to these books after seeing the television movies from Norway based on them. In fact, the second or third in the television series was based on this novel. I liked both the book and the film (which deviated quite a lot from the book), but felt both were imitations of other better works ...more
Peter Holland
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The crime is not committed until well into this fine novel; early pages dwell on seemingly unimportant events. But the tension gradually develops and without realising, the reader is soon caught up in a real page-turner. Varg Veum is a beautifully constructed character, in the Chandler tradition; tough on the outside, but scratch the surface and sensitivity soon shines through. The imagery and poetry of the text is tremendously effective. A great read. One of my very few 5-star reviews.
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Gunnar Staalesen is a Norwegian writer. Staalesen has a cand.philol degree from Universitetet i Bergen and he has worked at Den Nationale Scene, the main theater in Bergen.

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