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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

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"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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Good Scandi Noir

I like Gunnar Staalesens stories which tend to take their inspiration from real-life situations that most people don't see. This book was possibly a bit further away than usual from the lives of mere mortals with some very unpleasant characters but nevertheless it moved along. Colin Mace's narration is pretty good but as usual with these books, it is sometimes a bit hard to follow the unfamiliar names and places.

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