Cold Hearts

Cold Hearts by Gunnar Staalesen

Cold Hearts

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On a frosty January day in Bergen, Norway, private investigator Varg Veum is visited by a prostitute. Her friend Margrethe has disappeared and hasn’t been seen for days. Before her disappearance, something had unsettled her: she’d turned away a customer and returned to the neighbourhood in terror. Shortly after taking the case, Veum is confronted with a brutal, uneasy reality. He soon finds the first body – and it won’t be the last. His investigation leads him into a dark subculture where corrupted idealism has had deadly consequences.

Dark secrets lurk everywhere, as the murky pattern of wounded people, worm-eaten lives, and hearts long grown cold proves deadly … for someone.

A dramatic, poetic and page-turning thriller from Norway’s most dazzling crime writer. 

'If you have yet to discover Bergen's most bloody-minded private eye, Varg Veum, Cold Hearts is the perfect place to start' Crime Time

'Staalesen has been compared to Henning Mankell but his books are sharper, wittier and far less lugubrious' The Spectator

'Veum can skillfully dole out violence, but the essentially humane detective prefers methods that involve dialogue and deduction, investigation and intellect – a welcome contrast to many in his line of work' Publishers Weekly

'Staalesen has been credited with introducing social realism into crime fiction through his critical commentary on our times' The Independent

Price £: 
8.99
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Published: 
01 Jun 2013
ISBN: 
9781908129437
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Cold Hearts by Gunnar Staalesen

Cold Hearts

Translated by 

On a frosty January day in Bergen, Norway, private investigator Varg Veum is visited by a prostitute. Her friend Margrethe has disappeared and hasn’t been seen for days. Before her disappearance, something had unsettled her: she’d turned away a customer and returned to the neighbourhood in terror. Shortly after taking the case, Veum is confronted with a brutal, uneasy reality. He soon finds the first body – and it won’t be the last. His investigation leads him into a dark subculture where corrupted idealism has had deadly consequences.

Dark secrets lurk everywhere, as the murky pattern of wounded people, worm-eaten lives, and hearts long grown cold proves deadly … for someone.

A dramatic, poetic and page-turning thriller from Norway’s most dazzling crime writer. 

'If you have yet to discover Bergen's most bloody-minded private eye, Varg Veum, Cold Hearts is the perfect place to start' Crime Time

'Staalesen has been compared to Henning Mankell but his books are sharper, wittier and far less lugubrious' The Spectator

'Veum can skillfully dole out violence, but the essentially humane detective prefers methods that involve dialogue and deduction, investigation and intellect – a welcome contrast to many in his line of work' Publishers Weekly

'Staalesen has been credited with introducing social realism into crime fiction through his critical commentary on our times' The Independent

Price £: 
6.99
eBook
Published: 
01 Jul 2013
ISBN: 
9780957330474
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About the author

  • Gunnar Staalesen

    Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of twenty-two 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 two million copies. Twelves film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour), lives in Bergen with his wife. Cold HeartsYours Until DeathThe Consorts of Death, and The Writing on the Wall are all published in English by Arcadia Books. 

    Titles by Gunnar Staalesen

    Cold Hearts by Gunnar Staalesen
    The consorts of death by Gunnar Staalesen
    The writing on the wall by Gunnar Staalesen
    Yours until death by Gunnar Staalesen