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"While many current Scandinavian mystery authors produce procedurals featuring world-weary and emotionally disturbed police detectives, Staalesen follows the hard-boiled PI tradition, as shown by the stunning 18th entry in his series starring Varg Veum (after 2015's We Shall Inherit the Wind)."" --Publishers Weekly starred review of Where Roses Never Die

"Moving, uncompromising. . . . The plot, which contains multiple emotional gut punches, will satisfy fans who enjoy seeing noir themes play out in other countries." --Publishers Weekly on We Shall Inherit the Wind

"Mr. Staalesen's latest--ably translated by Don Bartlett --employs Chandleresque similes with a Nordic twist." --Wall Street Journal on Wolves in the Dark

"Stellar...Staalesen does a masterful job of exposing the worst of Norwegian society." --Publishers Weekly starred review of Wolves in the Dark

"Gunnar Staalesen is one of my very favourite Scandinavian authors. Operating out of Bergen in Norway, his private eye, Varg Veum, is a complex but engaging anti-hero. Varg means 'wolf' in Norwegian, and this is a series with very sharp teeth." --Ian Rankin, author, Resurrection Men

"A Norwegian Chandler." --Jo Nesbo, author, The Bat

"Like Raymond Chandler, Staalesen creates intense emotion through dialogue and description, but his altogether Norwegian focus forces home a substantial social message: ignoring the past is inevitably tragic." --Publishers Weekly

"a fiercely good crime novel...Well worth reading." --New York Journal of Books

"It is hard to imagine a more vital protagonist for our times than Varg Veum." --Mystery Tribune

"The readers...will feel drawn into the characters and their intertwined lives."--Reviewing the Evidence

About the Author

Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947, where he still lives today. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over 4 million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim. When Prince Charles visited Bergen, Staalesen was appointed his official tour guide. There is a life-sized statue of Varg Veum in the centre of Bergen, and a host of Varg Veum memorabilia for sale.

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