In the second installment in the bestselling Detective Varg series, Ulf and his team investigate a notorious philanderer—a wolf of a man whose bad reputation may be all bark and no bite.
The Department of Sensitive Crimes, renowned for taking on the most obscure and irrelevant cases, is always prepared to dive into an investigation, no matter how complex. So when the girlfriend of an infamous author insists her scandalous beau is being blackmailed, Ulf Varg, the department’s lead detective, is determined to help. It is rather difficult to discover, however, what skeletons might be hiding in the closet of a man whose bad behavior is his greatest calling card. The case requires Ulf’s total concentration, but he finds himself distracted by his ongoing attraction to his coworker Anna, whose marriage is on a rocky footing. When Ulf is also tasked with looking into a group of dealers exporting wolves that seem more Canis familiaris than Canis lupus, it will require all of his team’s investigative instincts and dogged persistence to put these matters to bed.
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels and a number of other series and stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been bestsellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland.
"Cheerful or melancholy, irritated or resigned, Detective Varg gives the reader more dry wit, inspired whimsy and comic pleasure than any other Swedish investigator in the business."
—Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
"McCall Smith’s deceptively sharp wit is ever-present. . . . There is much to enjoy in this book."
—The Scotsman (UK)
"Alexander McCall Smith makes the irrelevant relevant. . . .[a] witty tongue-in-cheek examination of the routine."
—The Charlotte Sun
"McCall Smith’s great gift is making you shelve your genre-honed expectations and accept his people and stories as they are."