>Gunnar Staalesen and Fallen Angels

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This Norwegian crime novel called ´Fallen Angels´ has not been translated into English (yet?). English writers have a choice of four novels with the same detective, Varg Veum, however.

In this story Veum returns to his Bergen childhood in the fifties and his youth in the sixties with a vivid description of the role rock bands and girls played for him and his young friends in their formative years.

Many years later Veum has a reunion with his best friend Jakob who was one of the lead figures in the popular band The Harpers and who eventually married Veum´s first love, the very religious girl Rebecca. The occasion is a funeral: one of the band members has died in an accident, – and Rebecca has left Jakob. Veum looks into this and discovers that the old band members die at an alarming rate.

Solid crime novel with a detective who is literally a lone wolf: the old name Varg means wolf.

[See what my daughters gave me: my life´s first advent calender!]


Gunnar Staalesen, Faldne Engle (1990).

[Faldne engle, norsk originaludgave 1989]

I denne krimi, den sjette om privatdetektiven Varg Veum, tegner Staalesen et fint og detaljeret billede af Bergen i 50erne og 60erne, hvor Veum var barn og ung. Vi hører om venskaberne, de første forelskelser og seksuelle erfaringer, og den nye musik, rocken, som får så stor betydning for Vargs nærmeste venner.

Historien begynder mange år senere, hvor Veum deltager i begravelsen af en af de gamle venner, et medlem af det populære rockband Harpers. Her møder han organisten Jakob Aasen, et fremtrædende medlem af bandet, Vargs bedste barndomsven og den mand, som blev gift med Vargs første kærlighed, Rebecca. Jakob indrømmer, at Rebecca har forladt ham for nylig, og beder Varg prøve at finde hende. Undervejs i sin søgen opdager Varg, at alt for mange af de gamle Harpers-medlemmer er døde som følge af ´ulykker´.

Som titlen hentyder til, stammer Rebecca fra en kristen frimenighed, som har eller har haft stor betydning for vennekredsen, og sideløbende med temaet fra Beatles´ Yesterday, møder vi også vennernes engle og dæmoner, men Staalesen forfalder ikke til at lade religion eller det overnaturlige ødelægge et vel udtænkt krimiplot.

En passende december-krimi: hele det moderne plot udspiller sig i adventstiden.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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