I'm sure this book may be a very fine example of the genre but I just couldn't stand the vivid descriptions of extreme cruelty, even though fictitious. This is the second book I've had to stop because I couldn't stand the violence. The other was a Jo Nesbo. What is it with this Scandinavian appetite for grisly brutality? Makes Val McDermid's dark Scottish serial killers seem tame. Too bad because these seem like great reads. I just don't know that increasing my ability to tolerate descriptions of torture is a goal I want to pursue.
Probably the audio book affects me more than one just read. Sign of good reading, I'm sure, but not for me with this kind of book.
I wonder if others find themselves more disturbed by audio versions of brutality than just reading it in text form. Anybody have this experience?
Perfect character development. Great plot twists. My favorite genre of novel and this is a very enjoyable listen. I can't say enough about the narrator. Great voices and accents and coudn't stop listening. If you enjoy police procedurals and thrillers, this one is for you.
I love the new Department Q the Danish police created to look into very cold cases. The book goes back and forth in time and between the victim's life and the detective's work. The first time I listened to this, it was difficult to get through what was going on with the victim. Just unimaginable. But going on to the detective and his sidekick, as they developed a working relationship that proved to be successful, was enjoyable. And the fact that the sidekick happens to be Syrian, with his unique interpretations of the Danish (English) language is fun. Great, imaginative characters.
This story is something I haven't read before. I usually try to find very long books because short ones just don't seem to get the job done for me. This one kept my interest throughout.
I love the setting in Denmark and getting to know the characters. When a book makes me ask, "What is going to happen to so-and-so?" it has my attention.
I can't tell you. It would spoil it for others.
I have listened to this book over and over. I still find it entertaining. I like the way the narrator, Erik Davies, uses the Scandinavian accent. Sounds like my grandparents.
The dearth of the "eff-word" is very refreshing. It is used as are some other swear words, but appropriately and sparingly.Also the conversation is pointed and not so drawn out that we have to put up with sentences which seem to be space fillers.This is a police mystery so there is violence, but again, it is to the point and fast paced. Lovely read.
The engaging lead characters take you through obstacles we all face in every day
life at the office to solve a very complex cold case mystery.
Assad is the classic foil to Karl's determined and calculating police work.
Near the end of the book, Assad shows his true colors in a few flashes of brilliance.
Hard to stop listening to this one.
Been here for the long haul, and still hauling.
With so many mystery novels out there, it gets difficult to wade through the muck and find the good books. This is a good book.
Excellent narration. Was able to bring out the subtle parts of the personality and present the whole person.
Started reading, listening to the next book in the series. So far, good book, narration not as good, but not bad.
This book was fantastic, during the lull between Jo Nesbo books, I tried a new author, and the book was everything promised. The only problem is that the narrator read at half speed, which diminished the experience overall. He was too careful in his pronounciation, and rate, which made the book a bit agonizing. However, this is my new favorite author (well, 2nd to Harry Hole's Joe Nesbo):) I'm glad to have a new series to keep me entertained, though!
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
I tested out this book since it's part of a series and it had gotten good reviews by and large. Well, I'm a major fan now! Have already purchased the next and have others in my wish list. The characters were so marvelously developed - such a range of different types. Can't wait to start the next one in the series this coming week!
The only thing I'm worried about is that there's a different narrator. So sorry that Erik Davies didn't continue. I thought he was ideal for this role. I'll be hopeful, however.
One of my top five story lines and listens. The others are Ender, Robicheaux, Vorkosegan, Harry Hole and Lisbeth Salander.
Carl MØrck evolves from a flawed unlikable character to one that we give a grudging respect to at the end. The supporting cast is going to build with his department Q but begins with the marvelous Assad who has a hidden past but a love for life and his work with Carl.
Erik Davies performance is amazing and it is a shame he doesn't do book 2
The characters were well developed and the story line was good. The ending was unrealistic and too pat.
This is the first one I've read. Though I thought the ending was unrealistic, I will probably try another book by this author.