It's 1998. Varg Veum sits by the hospital bedside of his long-term girlfriend, Karin, whose life-threatening injuries provide a deeply painful reminder of the mistakes he's made.
Investigating the seemingly innocent disappearance of a wind-farm inspector, Varg Veum is thrust into one of the most challenging cases of his career, riddled with conflicts, environmental terrorism, religious fanaticism, unsolved mysteries and dubious business ethics. Then the first body appears - tied to a cross, facing the mouth of the fjord.
In a chilling, timeless story of love, revenge and desire - deftly interwoven with contemporary issues, in a stunning plot that will leave you gripped to the final page - We Shall Inherit the Wind shows Staalesen at his most thrilling, thought-provoking best.
One of the fathers of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway, in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence, and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series.
He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 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, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour), lives in Bergen with his wife.
"The Norwegian Chandler." (Jo Nesbo)
"The characters in the book are drawn with more nuances and more psychological insight than in most crime novels - there is generally something Ibsenian about this detective novel in which past sins play such an important part in the present." (Bergens Tidende)
"One of the finest Nordic novelists in the tradition of Henning Mankell." (Barry Forshaw, Independent)
"Staalesen's mastery of pacing enables him to develop his characters in a leisurely way without sacrificing tension and suspense." (Publishers Weekly)
"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 Gunnar Staalesen was writing suspenseful and socially conscious Nordic Noir long before any of today's Swedish crime writers had managed to put together a single book page...one of Norway's most skillful storytellers." (Johan Theorin)
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- Flower Girl
A masterclass in Nordic Noir! Exquisite!
Yes. This is an audiobook which I can see myself returning to time and again.
At heart this is a highly original classic crime plot but what makes this so special is the wonderful eloquence of Gunnar Staalesen. He tells a story which is so much more than just 'a simple crime yarn'. With a complex, slightly jaded private investigator in the form of Varg Veum at the fore, and a cast of distinctive characters, this is a story with a beautiful human relationship element encompassing love and revenge and a breathtaking backdrop of the Nordic coast. With a focus on environmental issues this is a thought-provoking story and a cast of well drawn characters ensure this an suspenseful and fast moving tale.
For me it was the interactions between Varg Veum and girlfriend Karin. Both characters have a fascinating backstory and the fact that Varg blames himself for the plight of Karin comes across as emotional and realistic.
Yes, Infact prior to this I already had two books by this narrator in my library (both crime fiction). With every story he does a wonderful job of differentiating characters and undoubtedly his narration makes for a lively and engaging listen.
Colin Mace brought to life a brilliant Varg Veum - a world weary private eye who is only too well aware of what his mistakes in life have cost him. The dynamics with Karin were moving and I felt I understood just what his work has cost him. Mace has voiced numerous Audible books and he does a stellar job on all those I have heard.
This is highly thought-provoking with a brilliant contemporary focus and on ending this story I was already itching to meet the fascinating Varg Veum again.
This is Nordic Noir with a social conscience - an understated story which is one to stand back and admire. A fantastic listen and one not to be missed.
- MRS V L HALL