Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I am a big fan of John Nesbo novels, and having listened to them all had to find an alternative. I read the reviews and this novel, book 3, in the series got the highest rating, so I started there. I did not feel like I missed anything from previous novels, so I feel I can safely backtrack in the listening order. Set in Stockholm, it fits well in the genre of Nordic serial killer books (Nesbo, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, etc.) . If you liked any of those books, you will like this and vice versa. So if you have not read Nesbo, you can listen to this series and then move on to him. That way you will almost a dozen books to listen to.
I have listened to all these books in this series. This is as good or perhaps better than the earlier books. Set in Copenhagen Denmark, it is a detective thriller featuring Department Q. Three misfits lead by Inspector Carl Mork occupy the basement of police headquarters and are in charge of cold cases. Besides Carl are Assad from Syria and Rose. Assad is a rather mysterious character with a less than adequate grasp of the native language. He is always mixing up his metaphors and creating analogies revolving around camels. Rose dresses and acts like a punk rocker. Both are good detectives in their own right. The series reminds a little of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the really good series by Jon Nesbo.
This plot is more complex than earlier books in the series and involves corrupt bankers, gypsies, hired African assassins, corrupt civil servants and of course Department Q. Marco is one of the gypsies who leaves the clan and must make his way on the streets of Copenhagen while being chased by just about everyone. At 15 he uses the skills he learned as a pickpocket and thief to allude his pursuers.
Good 13 hours of listening enjoyment.
This was a great read with the main character being a dog. I was not sure before I bought it, but once I listened I have recommended to many others. Although slightly violent it is a good read for a teenager. My 14 year daughter loved it.
It is quite fast paced and interesting to learn about how dogs deal with scent. Imagine if you could smell a cup of coffee from a half mile away, or track down people just by the scent they leave in the air.
The narration was quite excellent since the story is told mostly from one perspective. The good thing, so far, is it is not part of a series like many of the author's other books. Even if there was a sequel, however, I doubt I would read it. It is just a good one-book listen. Enjoy.