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4.0 out of 5 stars Wolf in sheep's clothing, 29 Mar 2011
This review is from: Varg Veum Box 1 - 3-DVD Set ( Bitter Flowers / Sleeping Beauty / Yours Until Death ) ( Bitre blomster / Tornerose / Din til døden ) (DVD)
The main protagonist of this series is former child protection worker Varg Veum (a pun on the Norwegian expression varg i veum which means persona non grata or outlaw - varg means wolf or culprit) who tries to get by as best as he can by working as a private investigator in Bergen.

He has a love/hate relationship with the police and has a knack for picking clients that generate more trouble than income (he refuses to take on divorce cases) and he also tends to become more involved with said clients than is probably professionally recommended or even accepted.

The series is well cast and -acted and the rainy and moody, but beautiful Bergen landscape is perfect to set the stage for the gritty and often very violent crimes that are the basis for the individual stories. The stories themselves I suppose are not new or original to the Nordic crime wave, but that doesn't detract from the fact that this is a very good way to spend a few cold winter hours on the sofa.

There are 6 episodes in the series so far:

Bitter Flowers
Sleeping Beauty
Yours Until Death
Fallen angels
Woman in the fridge
Buried dogs

Each feature length episode can be viewed on its own, but I recommend you start from the beginning to set the stage for Varg's development.

Update 4 June 2012:
There are now 3 more episodes in the series:
The Writing on the Wall
Black Sheep
The Consorts of Death

Update 24 June 2013:
There are a further 3 instalments (with English subtitles) in the series now:
I mørket er alle ulver grå|At Night All Wolves Are Grey
De døde har det godt|The Dead Have It Easy
Kalde hjerter|Cold Hearts
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2011 17:36:09 GMT
Great review. Just one question - you suggest starting from the beginning, but this is Box Set 1. Do you mean read the books beforehand or is there another box/film to watch first? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2011 18:01:58 GMT
Thanks. What I mean is that you can watch the individual episodes in whichever order you want as the stories do not link between episodes. (some people might watch it on TV and miss out on the first episode(s) and I'm just saying that it is not essential to enjoy the rest of the series).
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