Translated by DON BARTLETT
B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
ISBN 13: 978-1-910633-72-4
LAUNCHING: JUNE 2018
I found this an enjoyable read, the plot line was exciting and kept my interest throughout. I found the prose easy to follow and thought the translation was very well done.
‘Staalesen continually reminds us why he is one of the finest of Nordic
novelists’ Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
PI Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office from a woman who introduces herself as his half-sister,
and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a nineteen-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, and the trail
leads to a gang of extreme bikers and to a shadowy group, whose dark actions are hidden by the
anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal…
Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Big Sister reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the
world’s foremost thriller writers.
‘Chilling and perilous…’ The Sunday Times
‘Chandler with a Nordic twist’ Wall Street Journal
‘There is something dark and haunting about this novel that will test every sinew of your emotions’ Last
Word Book Review
Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at
the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book
in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been
published in 24 countries and sold over five million copies. Twelve film
adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring
the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim, and a further series is being
filmed now. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of
Honour) and the Petrona Award, and been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger, lives
in Bergen with his wife.