Yours Until Death

Yours until death by Gunnar Staalesen

Yours Until Death

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An unbearably tense novel of revenge, murder, bereavement and the destructive force of passion. First published in Norwegian in 1979, it was described by the critic Nils Nordberg as 'one of the finest, most serious, most ambitious books in post-war Norwegian crime writing'. The single-mother families of the isolated community under the shadow of the Pyderhorn, Bergen's greatest mountain, are being terrorised by a teenage gang. But teenage violence is nothing compared to what awaits detective Varg Veum when he gets to know the blue-eyed Wenche Andersen.

‘One of the finest, most serious, most ambitious books in post-war Norwegian crime writing' Nils Nordberg

'Staalesen is another fine representative of Scandinavian crime fiction' Independent

'Yours Until Death is an unbearably tense novel of revenge, murder, marriage, child-hood, and the destructive force of passion' DuFour Editions

'Staalesen provides a thick vein of melancholy running behind the dark humour, along with a very strong sense of place. This is a book to read with the lights on. What makes it so menacing is the everyday feel to it, and the ordinariness of the people Varg encounters' Crime Review

‘Staalsen's mastery of pacing enables him to develop his characters in a leisurely way without sacrificing tension and suspense.’ Publishers Weekly

'Veum is a divorced loner with a penchant for drinking aquavit and a reputation for always solving the crime, no matter the personal cost. . . . A nice change of pace for Swedish crime readers.' Booklist Online

'I like Veum...out of his mouth comes some wonderful philosophy and observations about modern relationships, childhood, bereavement, and the destructive force of passion. He treats young Roar with compassion and respect. He also provides some comic relief from the tense novel. I recommend this book.' Barbara Oliver, I Love a Mystery

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Published: 
07 Jan 2010
ISBN: 
9781906413705
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Yours until death by Gunnar Staalesen

Yours Until Death

Translated by 

An unbearably tense novel of revenge, murder, bereavement and the destructive force of passion. First published in Norwegian in 1979, it was described by the critic Nils Nordberg as 'one of the finest, most serious, most ambitious books in post-war Norwegian crime writing'. The single-mother families of the isolated community under the shadow of the Pyderhorn, Bergen's greatest mountain, are being terrorised by a teenage gang. But teenage violence is nothing compared to what awaits detective Varg Veum when he gets to know the blue-eyed Wenche Andersen.

‘One of the finest, most serious, most ambitious books in post-war Norwegian crime writing' Nils Nordberg

'Staalesen is another fine representative of Scandinavian crime fiction' Independent

'Yours Until Death is an unbearably tense novel of revenge, murder, marriage, child-hood, and the destructive force of passion' DuFour Editions

'Staalesen provides a thick vein of melancholy running behind the dark humour, along with a very strong sense of place. This is a book to read with the lights on. What makes it so menacing is the everyday feel to it, and the ordinariness of the people Varg encounters' Crime Review

‘Staalsen's mastery of pacing enables him to develop his characters in a leisurely way without sacrificing tension and suspense.’ Publishers Weekly

'Veum is a divorced loner with a penchant for drinking aquavit and a reputation for always solving the crime, no matter the personal cost. . . . A nice change of pace for Swedish crime readers.' Booklist Online

'I like Veum...out of his mouth comes some wonderful philosophy and observations about modern relationships, childhood, bereavement, and the destructive force of passion. He treats young Roar with compassion and respect. He also provides some comic relief from the tense novel. I recommend this book.' Barbara Oliver, I Love a Mystery

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6.99
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Published: 
15 Jun 2013
ISBN: 
9781909807013
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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