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We Shall Inherit The Wind

(2015)
(The first book in the Varg Veum series)
A novel by

 
 
Varg Veum takes on the perplexing case of a missing wind-farm inspector and gets more than he bargained for, as religious zealots, environmental terrorism and then murder take centre stage … The gripping next instalment in the award-winning Varg Veum series, by one of the fathers of Nordic Noir.

‘Not many books hook you in the first chapter – this one did, and never let go!’ Mari Hannah

‘Mature and captivating’ Rosemary Goring, Herald Scotland

‘Moving, uncompromising’ Publishers Weekly

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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.

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Praise for Gunnar Staalesen

'There is a world-weary existential sadness that hangs over his central detective. The prose is stripped back and simple … deep emotion bubbling under the surface – the real turmoil of the characters’ lives just under the surface for the reader to intuit, rather than have it spelled out for them’ Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue

‘Gunnar Staalesen is one of my very favourite Scandinavian authors. Operating out of Bergen in Norway, his private eye, Varg Veum, is a complex but engaging anti-hero. Varg means “wolf ” in Norwegian, and this is a series with very sharp teeth’ Ian Rankin

‘Staalesen continually reminds us he is one of the finest of Nordic novelists’ Financial Times

‘Chilling and perilous results — all told in a pleasingly dry style’ Sunday Times

‘Staalesen does a masterful job of exposing the worst of Norwegian society in this highly disturbing entry’ Publishers Weekly

'The Varg Veum series is more concerned with character and motivation than spectacle, and it’s in the quieter scenes that the real drama lies’ Herald Scotland

'Every inch the equal of his Nordic confreres Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo' Independent‘With an expositional style that is all but invisible, Staalesen masterfully compels us from the first pages … If you’re a fan of Varg Veum, this is not to be missed, and if you’re new to the series, this is one of the best ones. You’re encouraged to jump right in, even if the Norwegian names can be a bit confusing to follow’ Crime Fiction Lover

‘With short, smart, darkly punchy chapters Wolves at the Door is a provocative and gripping read’ LoveReading

‘Haunting, dark and totally noir, a great read’ New Books Magazine

‘An upmarket Philip Marlowe’ Maxim Jakubowski, The Bookseller

‘Razor-edged Scandinavian crime fiction at its finest’ Quentin Bates

Genre: Mystery

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June 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: We Shall Inherit the Wind (Varg Veum): 17
Author(s): Gunnar Staalesen
ISBN: 1-910633-07-0 / 978-1-910633-07-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orenda Books
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Audio Editions

September 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: We Shall Inherit the Wind: Varg Veum
Author(s): Gunnar Staalesen
ISBN: 1-72134-527-2 / 978-1-72134-527-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio
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August 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: We Shall Inherit the Wind
Author(s): Gunnar Staalesen
ISBN: 1-5318-4498-7 / 978-1-5318-4498-1 (USA edition)
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August 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: We Shall Inherit the Wind: Varg Veum
Author(s): Gunnar Staalesen
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: We Shall Inherit the Wind: Varg Veum
Author(s): Gunnar Staalesen
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: We Shall Inherit the Wind: Varg Veum
Author(s): Gunnar Staalesen
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: We Shall Inherit the Wind: Varg Veum
Author(s): Gunnar Staalesen
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

June 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: We Shall Inherit the Wind (Varg Veum Series Book 17)
Author(s): Gunnar Staalesen, Don Bartlett
Publisher: Orenda Books
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May 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: We Shall Inherit the Wind (Varg Veum Book 17)
Author(s): Gunnar Staalesen
Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS
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