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, in one of the most heart-stopping scenes in crime fiction, the first body appears…
A chilling, timeless story of love, revenge and desire, We Shall Inherit the Wind deftly weaves contemporary issues with a stunning plot that will leave you gripped to the final page. This is Staalesen at his most thrilling, thought-provoking best.
Today it is my turn on the blog tour and I have been itching to post my review for ages! Here it is!
This is my introduction to Gunnar Staalesen and Nordic Noir. This book has only just been translated into English. I was happy to dive into some serious Norwegian crime to see why Staalesen is so popular.
In this story, we get the mystery of a missing man, with an environmental contemporary edge and a human relationship drama.
Set in 1998 Norway, we meet Varg Veum, a rather intriguing figure. A private detective. Varg is supporting his girlfriend, who is dying in hospital. Time jumps back and we see the events that took them there. Varg is asked to look into the disappearance of Mons Maeland by his current wife, Ranveig. Maeland has locally caused controversy wanting to build a wind farm, on his land and had a wife who was declared dead in the 1980s. The two threads of the story combine as we follow Varg’s investigation. What has happened to Maeland and why? This turns into a murder investigation.
I loved the back story of Varg Veum, our heroic investigator. This made him seem very human and endearing. His name Varg Veum means ‘lone wolf’, and there is something of a loner about him. Once he gets his teeth into an investigation, he does not let up. He gets caught up in events, one after the other and sadly we know the consequences. It is poignant to get to know Karin, his long term girlfriend and see how happy they are together. As the reader, we know from the start that things will not turn out well for Varg personally.
There are lots of things going on, that slowly make sense; rumours, affairs, dysfunctional families and secrets. Varg does not leap to conclusions, but seems to get there gently. The past and present merge in a very satisfactory way.
This is a proper page turner, that I sped through really quickly. I really felt for Varg and his situation and completely fell in love. An excellent story, with a sort of old fashioned feel to it and for me, a wonderful introduction to Varg Veum.