Varg Veum

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 315 ratings

Yours Until Death Summary

An unbearably tense novel of revenge, murder, bereavement and the destructive force of passion. First published in Norwegian in 1979, it was described by the critic Nils Nordberg as 'one of the finest, most serious, most ambitious books in post-war Norwegian crime writing'.

The single-mother families of the isolated community under the shadow of the Pyderhorn, Bergen's greatest mountain, are being terrorised by a teenage gang. But teenage violence is nothing compared to what awaits detective Varg Veum when he gets to know the blue-eyed Wenche Andersen.

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    • Yours Until Death

    • Varg Veum
    • By: Gunnar Staalesen
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    An unbearably tense novel of revenge, murder, bereavement and the destructive force of passion. The single-mother families of the isolated community under the shadow of the Pyderhorn, Bergen's greatest mountain, are being terrorised by a teenage gang. But teenage violence is nothing compared to what awaits detective Varg Veum when he gets to know the blue-eyed Wenche Andersen.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unnecessary Hyperbole

    • By Terry on 12-10-17

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    • The Writing on the Wall

    • Varg Veum
    • By: Gunnar Staalesen
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    In this crime drama, detective Varg Veum's adventures take him into the world of privileged teenage girls who have been drawn into drugs and prostitution. The situation worsens when the local judge is found dead in a luxury hotel, clad only in women's lingerie. Called in by anxious parents to look for a missing daughter and explain the judge's death, Varg is led deep into Bergen's criminal underworld.

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    • The Consorts of Death

    • Varg Veum
    • By: Gunnar Staalesen
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    It is September 1995, and Veum is in his office when a telephone call takes him back 25 years, to a case where a small boy was separated from his mother under tragic circumstances. In the following decades, the same boy had surfaced in connection with several murder cases. Now, as an adult, he is determined to take revenge on those responsible for destroying his life - among them the former child protection officer who is now Detective Veum.

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    • Cold Hearts

    • Varg Veum
    • By: Gunnar Staalesen
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    On a frosty January day in Bergen, private detective Varg Veum is visited by a prostitute. Her friend Margrethe 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 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Scandi Noir

    • By Andrea Edan on 08-02-18

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    • We Shall Inherit the Wind

    • Varg Veum
    • By: Gunnar Staalesen
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    It's 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant!

    • By Flower Girl on 14-02-16

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    • Where Roses Never Die

    • Varg Veum
    • By: Gunnar Staalesen
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163

    September 1977. Mette Misvãr, a three-year-old girl, disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The devil is in the detail

    • By Barbara on 31-08-16

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    • Wolves in the Dark

    • Varg Veum
    • By: Gunnar Staalesen
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum's life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts. When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he's accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material...and who is seeking the ultimate revenge.

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    • Big Sister

    • Varg Veum
    • By: Gunnar Staalesen
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office. A woman introduces herself as his half sister, and she has a job for him. Her goddaughter, a 19-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her bedsit in Bergen two weeks ago. Since then no one has heard anything from her. She didn't leave an address. She doesn't answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously. Veum's investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered up crimes and pent-up hatreds.... 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyable Nordic crime thriller

    • By Jane on 06-08-18

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