We Shall Inherit The Wind by Gunnar Staalesen
Genre; Crime (Norwegian)
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.
The first chapter opens the novel with private investigator Veum at the bedside of his girlfriend and kicks the story off with a jaw-dropping moment that will leave you wanting to read the entirety of the book.
It is written and translated beautifully. The setting is stunning and breathtaking.
There is an old classic crime feel to it or rather Veum has. His manner and his speech pattern reminded me of books I used to read when I was younger. He is dedicated and stubborn.
Apparently this is part of a long-running series, but this is the first I’ve read of Varg Veum but from reading this book I would well imagine there will be many many more translated novels coming through. If you enjoy translated crime fiction, seductive settings and like a classic crime feel, then this will be a book for you.
With thanks to the author and publisher for my copy of the book.