Another smasher in one of Norway's most popular and thrilling crime series.
One early morning private investigator Varg Veum is arrested by the police and thrown into a security cell. They have found electronic traces on his computer that link him to a large Internet community that shares and distributes hard child porn.
How was this material planted in his computer? And why?
From his prison cell Veum has to sift through everything he has done the past three years, three years where his grief over the loss of his great love has led him into a self-destructive downward spiral. His plight turns into a race against time. He faces two great challenges: He has to get out of jail. And he has to find out who it is who is trying to destroy him.
Veum is about to take on his hardest and most personal case ever.
"A Norwegian Chandler"
"One of the finest Nordic novelists in the tradition of Henning Mankell"
"Staalesen does a masterful job of exposing the worst of Norwegian society in this highly disturbing entry."
Starred review in Publishers Weekly
There is a world-weary existential sadness that hangs over his central detective.The prose is stripped back and simple … deep emotion bubbling under the surface – the real turmoil of the characters’ lives just under the surface for the reader to intuit, rather than have it spelled out for them.
[Mr Staalesen’s] “took out a tissue and started to clean his glasses as if that would help him see backwards in time.” Wolves in the Dark may yield a few shocking coincidences too many to be entirely credible, but in this case the journey seems more important than it’s direction.
A Norwegian Chandler
Staalesen does a masterful job of exposing the worst of Norwegian society in this highly disturbing entry.
Staalesen knows how to keep weaving the most intricate web of connections set in Bergen’s criminal underworld, while taking on a disturbing subject of child abuse provides an opportunity for a wake-up call for his complex and unforgettable.