Month: June 2015

Review: The Consorts of Death by Gunnar Staalesen

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First published in 2009 by Arcadia Books. This ebook edition first published in 2011. Format: Kindle Edition. File size: 503 KB. Print Length: 352 pages. Originally published as Dødens drabanter in 2006. Translated form the Norwegian by Don Bartlett, 2009. ASIN: B0078XG4HA. ISBN: 978-1-90812-927-7

The Consorts of Death Vis 2 copy Book description: September 1995. Veum is in his office when a telephone conversation takes him back 25 years, to a case he was involved in while working as a child protection officer, in the summer of 1970. A small boy was separated from his mother under tragic circumstances. But that was not the end of it. In 1974 the same boy surfaced in connection with a sudden death in his new home. And again ten years later, in connection with a dramatic double-murder in Sunnfjord. The boy is now an adult, on the run in Oslo, determined to take revenge on those responsible for destroying his life, among them the former child protection officer, now detective Veum.

Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the early age of twenty-two with Seasons of Innocence. In 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. They are immensely popular and have been translated into twelve languages including French, German, Dutch, Italian and Russian. Gunnar Staalesen has twice won Norway’s top crime prize, the Golden Pistol. Cold Hearts, Yours Until Death, The Consorts of Death, and The Writing on the Wall are all published in English by Arcadia Books. The next instalments in the Varg Veum series – We Shall Inherit the Wind, Where Roses Never Die and No One Is So Safe in Danger – will be published by Orenda Books in 2015, 2016 and 2017. (Source: Orenda Books).

If my information is correct The Consorts of Death is the fifteenth instalment in the series, and given that the story goes back several years ago, it might be a good starting point to begin reading this series. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I can strongly recommend it. I found the plot highly interesting, the writing is quite superb and the translation by Don Bartlett has seemed to me unparalleled. And, as usual in Staalesen, the book tackles some social issues with great courage. For a complete list of the books in the Varg Veum series see my previous post here

You can find more information about Var Veum TV series here, and according to Orenda Books a brand-new Varg Veum series (10 episodes) is being made for TV! The 60-million-krone series will start filming in Bergen in 2016/17, and air in 2018, with worldwide distribution. Once again, the extraordinary Trond Espen Seim will play the role of private investigator Varg Veum.

My rating: A+ (Don’t delay, get your hands on a copy of this book)

The Consorts of Death has been reviewed at Euro Crime (Maxine), Crimepieces (Sarah), International Noir Fiction (Glenn)

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Varg Veum at The Thrilling Detective Web Site

Los círculos de la muerte de Gunnar Staalesen

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Descripción del libro: Septiembre de 1995. Veum está en su oficina cuando una conversación telefónica lo lleva de regreso 25 años atrás, a un caso en el que se vio involucrado cuando trabajaba como oficial de protección de menores en el verano de 1970. Un niño pequeño fue separado de su madre en circunstancias trágicas. Pero ese no fue el final de la historia. En 1974, el mismo chico aparece de nuevo relacionado con una muerte repentina en su nuevo hogar. Y de nuevo diez años después, en relación con un espectacular asesinato doble en Sunnfjord. El niño es ahora un adulto, un prófugo en Oslo, decidido a vengarse de los responsables de la destrucción de su vida, entre ellos el antiguo oficial de protección de menores y ahora detective Veum.

Gunnar Staalesen nació en Bergen, Noruega, en 1947. Hizo su debut a la temprana edad de veintidós años con Seasons of Innocence. En 1977 se publicó el primer libro de la serie Varg Veum. Son inmensamente populares y se han traducido a doce idiomas, incluyendo el francés, alemán, holandés, italiano y ruso. Gunnar Staalesen ha ganado dos veces el principal premio de novela negra de Noruega, la Pistola de Oro. En España, si mi información es correcta sólo se ha publicado Los cículos de la muerte, la decimoquinta entrega de la serie y dado que la historia se remonta varios años atrás, podría ser un buen punto de partida para empezar su lectura.

He disfrutado mucho leyendo este libro y lo recomiendo encarecidamente. Me pareció muy interesante la trama, la escritura es bastante excepcional y la traducción de Don Bartlett me ha parecido inigualable. Y, como es habitual en Staalesen, el libro aborda algunas cuestiones sociales con gran valentía. Para encontrar la lista completa de los libros de la serie Varg Veum ver mi post anterior aquí.

Pueden encontrar más información acerca de la serie de televisión Var Veum aquí, y de acuerdo con Orenda Books una tercera temporada de 10 episodios de Varg Veum será llevada a la TV! La serie de 60 millones de coronas comenzará a filmarse en Bergen entre el  2016 y el 2017, y se espera su estreno en el 2018, para su distribución por todo el mundo. Una vez más, el extraordinario actor Trond Espen Seim desempeñará el papel del detective privado Varg Veum.

Mi valoración: A+ (No se demore, consiga un ejemplar de este libro)

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OT: Paris

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OT: Following a Short Visit to Paris

Following a short visit to Paris, some of my readings planned for this month are: Arab Jazz by Karim Miské, translated by Sam Gordon and Camille by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne.Both have been shortlisted for this year CWA International Dagger. Stay tuned. Click on the picture for more information.

Here below, you’ll find some of my pictures.

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May 2015 Round-Up and Pick of the Month

Crime fiction books read and reviewed

  • Falling Freely, As If In A Dream (aka Free Falling, As If in a Dream) (Transworld Digital, 2014) Format: Kindle. Translated from the Swedish by Paul Norlen. Originally published as Faller fritt som i en dröm in 2007 by Leif GW Persson (A)
  • Reykjavik Nights (Vintage Digital, 2014) Format: Kindle. Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb. Originally published as Reykjavíkurnætur, 2012 by Arnaldur Indriðason (A)
  • The Asphalt Jungle (Rosetta Books, 2014) Format: Kindle. First published by New York Knopf in1949, by W. R. Burnett (A)
  • Into a Raging Blaze (Quercus, 2014) Format: Kindle edition. Translated from the Swedish by Ian Gile. Originally published as En Rasande Eld in 2013 by Andreas Norman (B)
  • And if I have to pick just one book my choice will be for

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    The Asphalt Jungle, the first book in W. R. Burnett’s urban trilogy. A gripping tale of the planning and execution of a jewellery store heist in a dark and corrupt Midwestern metropolis. Set amid a seedy urban wasteland of crooks, killers and con-artists, the various members of the gang are steadily undone by personal obsessions, double-crossing and cruel fate. (Source: Goodreads).