Book Review: We Shall Inherit the Wind by Gunnar Staalesen (Translated by Don Bartlett)

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Nordic Noir’s Archduke returns with a suspense-filled whodunnit.

Frequently cited as one of contemporary Scandinavian crime fiction’s founding fathers, Gunnar Staalesen made his literary debut at the age of 22 and published the first Varg Veum novel in 1977.

One of Norway’s most successful crime novelists, Staalesen’s books have been published in 24 countries and are reported to have sold in excess of four million copies. He is best known for a series of novels featuring the former social worker turned private detective Varg Veum.

Fêted in his homeland, Staalesen is regarded as one of Norway’s most significant modern writers. The Varg Veum novels have been adapted for the screen in a series of twelve films starring Trond Espen Seim. In 2008 the Strand Hotel in Bergen unveiled a statue to commemorate the fictional detective.

In We Shall Inherit the Wind, Staalesen’s trademark precision plotting propels Veum into a murky world filled with dark secrets, eco-warriors, fanaticism, and nefarious business deals.

An investigation into the disappearance of the proprietor of a real-estate owner has personal consequences for Varg Veum. Long-term girlfriend Karin is hospitalised with life-threatening injuries and the detective is haunted by the knowledge that his own actions may have harmed someone close to him.

Layers of intrigue and subterfuge unfold in a tension filled novel that adroitly combines a melancholic tale of loss and regret with a gripping narrative which addresses Norway’s financial ties to the energy industry.

For many readers We Shall Inherit the Wind is a long overdue introduction to Varg Veum, Orenda Books have scheduled two further titles for 2016 and 2017.

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