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Cold Hearts

Varg Veum
Written by: Gunnar Staalesen
Narrated by: Colin Mace
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins

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Publisher's Summary

On a frosty January day in Bergen, private detective 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 either. His investigation leads him into a dark subculture where corrupted idealism has had deadly consequences.

©2013 Gunnar Staalesen (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

What the critics say

"Cold Hearts is top-tier Scandinavian crime fiction; straightforward dialogue drives the plot, and tough but sympathetic Veum is equally comfortable in a fistfight, proving for secrets behind Bergen's closed doors, or examining crime's sociological roots." (Booklist)

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  • BDHumbert
  • 2018-10-18


I have a weak spot for Scandinavian mysteries and Staalesen is a pretty good ‘B’ level member of this group. I look forward to reading a few more of his works. This particular book was pretty good - kept my interest and solid characters

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  • jonathan
  • 2018-08-15

gunnar Staalsten knows how to write a good thriller

love the narration and the story
he keeps you guessing and wondering if Varg Veum will survive
Varg is often an anti hero, too direct and challenging, often rude and abrupt
but he gets to the heart of the matter and pursues until he’s in peril and then pulls his survival out of the pits and gets to the truth often with tragic results
not having the outcome sweet and gratifying it dark and troubling-love it