'Norwegian master Staalesen is an author who eschews police procedural narratives for noirish private eye pieces... with some abrasive social commentary.' --Financial Times
'Veum has never before faced a case with so many loose threads, and, in untangling them, he comes to realize that neither politicians nor police officers take the plight of victimized refugee children seriously. Staalesen does a masterful job of exposing the worst of Norwegian society in this highly disturbing entry.' --Publishers Weekly
'The grand-daddy of Nordic noir has had detective Varg Veum on the go since 1977. Poor old Varg has gone from top Norwegian copper to boozed-up private eye, and things just got worse: he's been arrested for having child porn on his computer. He scrolls back through his memory to work out who might have had the motive (and the IT smarts) to fit him up, with chilling and perilous results - all told in a pleasingly dry style.' --The Times Crime Club
About the Author
One of the fathers of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway, in 1947. He made his debut at the age of twenty-two with Seasons of Innocence
and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over twenty titles, which have been published in twenty-four countries and sold over four million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Espen Seim. Staalesen has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour) and Where Roses Never Die
won the 2017 Petrona Award for crime fiction. He lives with his wife in Bergen.