Dødens drabanter (Varg Veum, #15)
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Dødens drabanter (Varg Veum, #15) Details

TitleDødens drabanter (Varg Veum, #15)
Author
ReleaseJan 6th, 2020
PublisherGyldendal
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, European Literature, Scandinavian Literature, Detective

Dødens drabanter (Varg Veum, #15) Review

  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Set in Bergen and rural Norway, this sad, funny and nearly implausible story follows a social service worker interacting with a wee boy who eventually becomes a criminal. It is a shame that this is Staalesen's only novel available on Kindle. With good reason, Staalesen is very popular in Europe. His protagonist Varg Veum, a social worker turned private investigator, is a sympathetic narrator about how life conspired against Johnny Boy, who keeps turning up like a wooden nickel, first as a baby Set in Bergen and rural Norway, this sad, funny and nearly implausible story follows a social service worker interacting with a wee boy who eventually becomes a criminal. It is a shame that this is Staalesen's only novel available on Kindle. With good reason, Staalesen is very popular in Europe. His protagonist Varg Veum, a social worker turned private investigator, is a sympathetic narrator about how life conspired against Johnny Boy, who keeps turning up like a wooden nickel, first as a baby taken away from his incapacitated mother, then twice as a foster child, and finally on his own. Apparently the book was made into a film which is available for a free download -- I haven't tried it, but I may.
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  • Linda Branham Greenwell
    January 1, 1970
    The main character is Varg Veum, a social worker turned private eye. And since I used to be a social worker (for 21 years) these stories really appeal to me - I can identify :) The story goes back in time when he was a young social worker and was sent to the home of "Johnny Boy" a 3 year old boy and possible victim of abuse. We follow the progress of Johnny boy and Varg over a period of several years. The conditions of the home and people involved when johnny boy (Jan Elgin) was first seen by The main character is Varg Veum, a social worker turned private eye. And since I used to be a social worker (for 21 years) these stories really appeal to me - I can identify :) The story goes back in time when he was a young social worker and was sent to the home of "Johnny Boy" a 3 year old boy and possible victim of abuse. We follow the progress of Johnny boy and Varg over a period of several years. The conditions of the home and people involved when johnny boy (Jan Elgin) was first seen by VargAnd then again when Johnny boy is 6 years old and has adoptive dad has a mysterious fall down the stairs and dies. Varg is again on the scene and takes Johnny boy to the treatment center and becomes involved in his life againMany years later, when VArg has left social services, and is a Private investigator - he once again is called in as Johnny boys foster parents are both found murdered. DId Johnny Boy do it? Varg again becomes involved and learns of many twisted and interconnected relationships in the story of Johnny Boy
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  • Ivan Dachs Hladík
    January 1, 1970
    Geniální práce spisovatele Gunnara Staalesona (68) je ryzí ukázkou severských detektivek. Pokrevní pouta vás vezmou na cestu plnou dramatických zvratů, precizních dialogů a do poslední stránky vás nenechá vydechnout. Hlavním hrdinou je bývalý pracovník Úřadu na ochranu dětí Barnevernet, muž jménem Varg Veum. Události se však točí i kolem jeho chráněnce, chlapce Jana Egila, tedy po česku Jeníčka. Jako tříletého ho s kolegyní odebrali feťácké trosce, která byla v podstatě náhodou jeho matkou. Veum Geniální práce spisovatele Gunnara Staalesona (68) je ryzí ukázkou severských detektivek. Pokrevní pouta vás vezmou na cestu plnou dramatických zvratů, precizních dialogů a do poslední stránky vás nenechá vydechnout. Hlavním hrdinou je bývalý pracovník Úřadu na ochranu dětí Barnevernet, muž jménem Varg Veum. Události se však točí i kolem jeho chráněnce, chlapce Jana Egila, tedy po česku Jeníčka. Jako tříletého ho s kolegyní odebrali feťácké trosce, která byla v podstatě náhodou jeho matkou. Veum se musí vrátit ve vzpomínkách do minulosti a hledat v ní způsob, jak přijít na kloub několika zločinům. Na první pohled je nic nespojuje. Jakou roli v následujících tragických událostech hraje Jan? Pokrevní pouta z jemných náznaků a nevinných předvojů budoucích událostí gradují v brutálních vraždách a předkládají vynikající detektivku, která jde až na dřeň. Nic není černobílé a viník nemusí být tak snadno odhalitelný.Staaleson je pevný v kramflecích zejména při tvorbě postav. Není jich mnoho a jsou tak propracované, že doslova ožívají na papíře a v představách čtenáře. Vše poznáváme z pohledu Varga Veuma, kniha je napsaná v první osobě a nebylo by lepší volby. Nejen, že díky tomu je postava detektiva uvěřitelnější (chybuje a tápe), ale dá se s ním konfrontovat. Je tu místo na intriky, drama, zvraty a hlavně skvěle napsané dialogy. Chladný i citlivý, cynický i něžný - takový je příběh Pokravních pout. Propletenec záhad a tajemství baví a dráždí, odhalíte je všechny? Čeho jsou lidé schopni pro lásku? Jakou roli v tom všem hrají úmysly? Zběsilá cesta příběhem vás nenechá vydechnout a bude postupně klást otázky i odhalovat odpovědi.Příběh si neříká, on přímo řve o zfilmování! Také se dočkal a Varg Veum se objevil na plátně i obrazovkách hned několikrát. Podle této knihy vznikl v roce 2011 film Varg Veum: Společníci smrti (mimochodem přesný překlad originálního názvu předlohy Dødens drabanter). Norský herec Trond Espen Seim (44) si však detektiva Veuma zahrál poprvé v roce 2007 ve snímku Detektiv Varg Veum: Hořké květy, opět podle Staalesonovy knihy. Od té doby zvárnil detektiva v dalších filmech i úspěšném seriálu. Ale zpět ke knize. Zaslouží totiž vysoké hodnocení a nezbývá než napsat: pusťte se do ní.
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  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this one to read, as I was recently asked to take part in the blog tour for the authors latest book release ‘Wolves In The Dark’ via Orenda books. I immediately looked up the series/author/subject matter and became intrigued. I really wanted to read an earlier novel in the series and this led me to pick this one, being drawn to the theme of the young man’s life and repercussions his childhood may have had on his future. The novel opens in 1995, Detective Varg Veum receives a call from, I picked this one to read, as I was recently asked to take part in the blog tour for the authors latest book release ‘Wolves In The Dark’ via Orenda books. I immediately looked up the series/author/subject matter and became intrigued. I really wanted to read an earlier novel in the series and this led me to pick this one, being drawn to the theme of the young man’s life and repercussions his childhood may have had on his future. The novel opens in 1995, Detective Varg Veum receives a call from, a blast from the past in Cecilie, who organises a meeting of severe importance, relating to a boy from their past, in child protection. The boy in question Johnny boy, has done a runner, leaving a death list! But who doe’s Johnny want to kill? And why? We are then catapulted back to July 1970 when Veum first encounters the boy, then only a toddler. Entering an unclean flat, stinking of cigarettes and alcohol, Veum meets the vacant eyes of a child very much in need! There is further expansion on the background of the relationship between Veum and his in-depth history with Johnnny boy, also known as Jan Elvis. Jan’s childhood is one if suffering and misery. However, when it comes to foster/adoptive parents, death follows Jan elvis………..The novel continues to unravel the relationship between the child protection officer, turned detective and the young vulnerable boy. Veum refuses to believe that Jan is involved in any form of a crime, yet evidence suggests otherwise. There is a definitive theme of, what makes a killer? Are they born or made? Traumatic childhood vs nature/genetics. One thing is for certain child protection cases are rarely black and white. This one proves to be exceptionally complex and in-depth. I really enjoyed this novel and really got a sense for the character of Detective Varg Veum. I sincerely look forward to reading Wolves In The Dark, and more within the series. 4*
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  • Tbfrank
    January 1, 1970
    A rather ho-hum addition to the Varg Veum canon, but whether a result of the author's efforts or the translator it is hard to say. The story spans nearly thirty years, fitfully tracing the tragic life of a client of Varg's from a small boy (Jan Egil) to a thirty-year-old ex-con. A hidden web of relationships becomes clear to Varg as he stumbles along uncovering the truth behind multiple murders and systematic betrayals that have ruined Jan's life. The final scene, though explaining the remaining A rather ho-hum addition to the Varg Veum canon, but whether a result of the author's efforts or the translator it is hard to say. The story spans nearly thirty years, fitfully tracing the tragic life of a client of Varg's from a small boy (Jan Egil) to a thirty-year-old ex-con. A hidden web of relationships becomes clear to Varg as he stumbles along uncovering the truth behind multiple murders and systematic betrayals that have ruined Jan's life. The final scene, though explaining the remaining questions, is incomplete and unsatisfying. The much altered and abbreviated movie version is considerably better than the novel.
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  • David C Ward
    January 1, 1970
    Social worker turned private eye series, combining both worlds. In this one an abused child apparently commits a series of crimes and Veum keeps track of him over the years. The story involves an incredibly complicated genealogy of families, abuse, and crimes as well as a murky criminal conspiracy to smuggle alcohol and drugs. There’s even a 19th century murder thrown in as an allegory that things are not always what they seem. The ending comes out of left field as a literal and figurative car Social worker turned private eye series, combining both worlds. In this one an abused child apparently commits a series of crimes and Veum keeps track of him over the years. The story involves an incredibly complicated genealogy of families, abuse, and crimes as well as a murky criminal conspiracy to smuggle alcohol and drugs. There’s even a 19th century murder thrown in as an allegory that things are not always what they seem. The ending comes out of left field as a literal and figurative car crash. Beware the helping professions! Also, as before, a lot of the writing is stilted and just a bit off: a translation problem? Less than 3 stars.
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  • David Hallstrom
    January 1, 1970
    This is my second Staalesen novel. Where Roses Never Die Being my first. This is a solid work - a nice mix of Chandleresque detective story with slight tips of the cap to the social commentary of the Swedish police procedural. There are 20 or so of these novels in print in Norway but the best I can tell only 8 have been translated to English. I have been lucky to find his books on the shelves at Mysterious Bookshop but even then their selection is limited. I can find more in London and will raid This is my second Staalesen novel. Where Roses Never Die Being my first. This is a solid work - a nice mix of Chandleresque detective story with slight tips of the cap to the social commentary of the Swedish police procedural. There are 20 or so of these novels in print in Norway but the best I can tell only 8 have been translated to English. I have been lucky to find his books on the shelves at Mysterious Bookshop but even then their selection is limited. I can find more in London and will raid the shelves at Foyles next time I am in town. This book was a genuine treat, I just wish more of his work was in translation.
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  • Stephanie Hutabarat
    January 1, 1970
    This is my 1st Norway's book that I read and I love it. Sometimes i am confuse with the places because not familiar wih the word nor spelling, but the story is so thrilling made me curious how it will be end. 3 stars for this!
  • Mei
    January 1, 1970
    2017 and 2018 all appear to be about Nordic thrillers. This was a pretty interesting read, except I didn’t realise it was #15 of a series. I liked it but not enough to read the first 14. Maybe a couple.
  • Pilla
    January 1, 1970
    I love Varg Veum. This is the book that the author, Gunnar Staalesen, suggests as an intro to the Veum books.
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Two time winner of the golden Pistol award. Johnny Boy resurfaces. Veum remembers him from early in is working career as a child protection officer.
  • Richard Marshall
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting main character but too much padding, too many coincidences, a predictable villain and an unsatisfactory ending.
  • Janne Swearengen
    January 1, 1970
    4.5--this is another terrific read from Gunnar Staalesen. Not perfect but quite nicely done and translated. The narrator is Colin Mace and he does a good job of several characters and Varg himself.
  • Krissa33
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent livre, histoire bien prenant et qui tiens deboutSeul b-mol: l'auteur fait beaucoup d'aller/retour dans le temps, entre 1996 - 1970 - 1986 - 1973 - 1986 - 1996, et des fois, j'avais un peu de mal à suivre et à bien me situer au bon moment et au bon endroit
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  • Ikebukuro
    January 1, 1970
    Un roman policier sur fond de misère sociale et affective qui prend ses racines dans le passé pour maquiller le présent et des personnages principaux ambigus et plutôt attachants. Tout est réuni pour piquer ma curiosité et me donner envie de découvrir l'auteur. J'ai beaucoup aimé le fait que ce dernier brouille continuellement les pistes, en mélangeant le passé et le présent, en nous donnant quelques clés au fur et à mesure que l'on avance dans le roman. Gunnar Staalesen à travers ce livre trace Un roman policier sur fond de misère sociale et affective qui prend ses racines dans le passé pour maquiller le présent et des personnages principaux ambigus et plutôt attachants. Tout est réuni pour piquer ma curiosité et me donner envie de découvrir l'auteur. J'ai beaucoup aimé le fait que ce dernier brouille continuellement les pistes, en mélangeant le passé et le présent, en nous donnant quelques clés au fur et à mesure que l'on avance dans le roman. Gunnar Staalesen à travers ce livre trace le destin de ce petit garçon né sous une mauvaise étoile : d'une enfance ballotée entre différents foyers, à l'accusation du meurtre de ses deux parents adoptifs, quelle a bien pu être la vie de Janegutt pour en arriver là ?Le tour de force de ce roman, c'est de rendre attachants certains des personnages pas forcément très sympathiques au départ, que ce soit Janegutt au comportement ambigu ou sa mère biologique droguée, aux fréquentations plus que douteuses, maltraitante et incapable de s'occuper d'un enfant… Finalement tous évolueront au cours du récit pour atteindre une certaine forme de rédemption. J'ai beaucoup aimé le soin apporté par l'auteur pour travailler la psychologie des différents personnages et réussir à nous attirer vers de nombreuses fausses pistes grâce au comportement et à l'évolution de ces derniers. Le lecteur se perd entre ses propres certitudes et les différents indices distillés par l'auteur au cours de l'enquête et le résultat est vraiment prenant et très réussi. Les personnages secondaires prennent tour à tour de l'ampleur et finissent par trouver leur place au fur et à mesure que l'enquête avance.Si comme moi vous aimez les polars nordiques, vous ne serez pas déçus car l'on retrouve les grands thèmes présents dans la littérature du genre à savoir une critique de la société de consommation sur fond de misère sociale ou l'ennui le dispute à la violence quotidienne. A cela vous ajoutez un personnage principal border line, un brin looser, qui noie son dégoût du monde au fond d'une bouteille d'alcool et vous y êtes… J'ai donc retrouvé avec le personnage de Varm Veum beaucoup de similitudes avec Erlendur d'Arnaldur Indridason ou avec Harry Hole de Jo Nesbo, voire avec l'inspecteur Rebus de Ian Rankin en Ecosse. Là encore on est de plein pied dans ce genre de personnage, un ancien travailleur social devenu privé, désabusé et lucide sur les capacités de l'homme à nuire et à détruire son prochain… Seul petit bémol, une certaine lenteur dans le récit et la sensation de se perdre parfois entre le passé et le présent et les différentes intrigues qui se croisent continuellement et qui pourrait déstabiliser le lecteur par moment. Pour ma part, j'ai été vraiment conquise et j'ai lu ce roman très rapidement.
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  • Greg
    January 1, 1970
    In Consorts of Death Staalesen reaches back into Varg's early days working for social services. He and a colleague go into a drug den and take away a little baby called Johnny Boy from his addict mother Matte and her thug boyfriend Terrje.Johnny Boy is fostered out and Varg runs into him again as a six year old when his foster father is found dead. He is fostered again, and about ten years later is involved in another murder scene. Years later, Varg hears that the now-adult Johnny Boy wants to In Consorts of Death Staalesen reaches back into Varg's early days working for social services. He and a colleague go into a drug den and take away a little baby called Johnny Boy from his addict mother Matte and her thug boyfriend Terrje.Johnny Boy is fostered out and Varg runs into him again as a six year old when his foster father is found dead. He is fostered again, and about ten years later is involved in another murder scene. Years later, Varg hears that the now-adult Johnny Boy wants to kill him.This is a twisting yarn with gradually revealed connections that swirl around Johnny Boy's miserable life. We also get a good insight into the reasons why Varg has such empathy for children. Less formulaic than most, this is one of the better Varg Veum books.
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  • Virginy
    January 1, 1970
    Les vies de Varg Veum et Janegutt se sont croisées à de nombreuses reprises, le premier tentant de venir en aide au second, tout d’abord en tant qu’agent de la Protection de l’enfance, puis comme détective privé, répondant à l’appel du jeune homme.On suit ainsi Janegutt à travers les yeux de Varg Veum, durant de nombreuses années, retrouvant cet enfant à chaque étape tragique de sa vie. Et chaque personne croisée à ces moments-là a une importance dans le destin de Jan. Gunnar Staalesen brouille Les vies de Varg Veum et Janegutt se sont croisées à de nombreuses reprises, le premier tentant de venir en aide au second, tout d’abord en tant qu’agent de la Protection de l’enfance, puis comme détective privé, répondant à l’appel du jeune homme.On suit ainsi Janegutt à travers les yeux de Varg Veum, durant de nombreuses années, retrouvant cet enfant à chaque étape tragique de sa vie. Et chaque personne croisée à ces moments-là a une importance dans le destin de Jan. Gunnar Staalesen brouille les pistes avec brio, dressant des portraits ambigus, mêlant détresse sociale, trafic, appât du gain et appels au secours dans un récit au final bouleversant, bien qu’une révélation concernant la relation Veum/Janegutt parait rapidement évidente, le fait que l’auteur mette des mots dessus la rend plus puissante encore.Une intrigue vraiment bien menée.https://deslivresdesfilsetunpeudefari...
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  • Nigel
    January 1, 1970
    Initially I believed this was a poorly translated book, changed from Norwegian to English, verbatum. Where, what was actually needed was for it to be completely rewritten in English. This was how I thought book translations were done. Translated by writers not just someone who spoke the lingo.I continued with this opinion up until the last twenty or thirty pages when it became apparent the author was truly mediocre and the reason I decided against awarding it an average three stars was that the Initially I believed this was a poorly translated book, changed from Norwegian to English, verbatum. Where, what was actually needed was for it to be completely rewritten in English. This was how I thought book translations were done. Translated by writers not just someone who spoke the lingo.I continued with this opinion up until the last twenty or thirty pages when it became apparent the author was truly mediocre and the reason I decided against awarding it an average three stars was that the finale was absolutely dreadfull. Mobsters do not tell each other to shut up like a couple of gays having a lovers tiff.One other thing, all of his books claim to be best sellers having sold two million copies. What everyone? Coincidence or blatent lie.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    I get a channel called Mind. It comes on Channel 35 here in Philly, well Channel 35 and the secondary channels. On the secondary channels, Mind shows International mysteries every Sunday night. I like the Scandivan ones. Wallender, Irene Russ, and Varg Veum. This is the first Varg Veum novel I've read.While different from the movies shown on Mind, the book is good. Varg is older and has a son, but that's about the only difference. He still has sex with almost every woman he meets (why is this a I get a channel called Mind. It comes on Channel 35 here in Philly, well Channel 35 and the secondary channels. On the secondary channels, Mind shows International mysteries every Sunday night. I like the Scandivan ones. Wallender, Irene Russ, and Varg Veum. This is the first Varg Veum novel I've read.While different from the movies shown on Mind, the book is good. Varg is older and has a son, but that's about the only difference. He still has sex with almost every woman he meets (why is this a thing in the north?) and the mystery is engrossing.Varg is haunted by a child from his social worker past, a child who has issues. A child whose adults tend to end up dead. Is it the bad seed or something else? Varg must journey to the past to find out.
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  • Kb
    January 1, 1970
    I have liked other books in this series. I am finding this one too boring to keep reading. Part of the problem is storytelling (it's just not a very engaging story, in my opinion), but this is made much worse by poor translation. Translators need to have more than just a facility with the language they are translating from. They must also be good writers so that they do not decide to make characters speak sentences that no sane human would ever utter, just because they happen to coincide with I have liked other books in this series. I am finding this one too boring to keep reading. Part of the problem is storytelling (it's just not a very engaging story, in my opinion), but this is made much worse by poor translation. Translators need to have more than just a facility with the language they are translating from. They must also be good writers so that they do not decide to make characters speak sentences that no sane human would ever utter, just because they happen to coincide with the most literal translation of the words in the original language. Ugh!
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  • Ffiamma
    January 1, 1970
    giallo norvegese (pare che l'autore sia famosissimo in patria) incentrato sulla tragica storia di un ragazzo difficile dall'infanzia travagliata e del suo incontro con varg veum - investigatore privato ex assistente sociale. parte molto bene, poi diventa un po' noioso e la soluzione diventa abbastanza evidente verso la metà.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't mind it to begin with but just over half way through I started to get all the characters muddled. Maybe it's my age or senility hehehehe but way too many people in it. I skipped to the end and I did a quick scan but couldn't really bothered to find out much.
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  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book is entertaining, and it is similar to other Scandinavian crime stories. Also, because I was living in Bergen for a year, I found the Varg Veum stories even more interesting :)
  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    A Charlie Brown teacher in my head for the last 30 pages. I admired the construction of 40 years ago to 20 to 10 to etc. as a device but I couldn't see the characters. And when the woman races in at the end and blabs "I didn't know.." or some such BS---yawn.
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  • Ann Tonks
    January 1, 1970
    Great, layered, complex story that leaves you in suspense to the bitter end. The cover describes the hero as an upmarket Scandinavian Philip Marlowe but that's wrong. He's more a down to earth Norwegian with the soul of a social worker in the heart of a PI.
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  • Bruce Hatton
    January 1, 1970
    I read the English translation "The Consorts Of Death". Highly original and very gripping. Varg Veum is a unique protagonist.
  • Jack
    January 1, 1970
    Satisfyingly complex Norwegian crime thriller. I'm always pleased to discover another author to watch out for.
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