Carl Mørck doesn't work well with everyone. The two men he did work well with have met disastrous ends in a homicide call that went horribly wrong and Carl is the only survivor. Oddly Carl and his recently paraplegic partner have no interest in pursuing the people responsible for their wounds and the third partners death.
Since Carl is unpopular in his precinct, a political solution is found where the police unit will get a lot of money and be able to stuff Carl in an office in the basement. They create a Department Q to handle cold cases and only give over a pittance of the money allotted to them by the politicians for this. So Carl gets a janitor/jack of all trades helper named Assad. Assad proves to be very capable and gets Carl out of his funk and into the case of a missing/presumed dead politician named Merete Lynggaard
I loved the accents that Erik Davies employed for Carl and his Syrian helper, Assad. Also, Jussi Adler-Olsen did not make Carl the super sleuth who solved everything. Assad contributes great detective skills to compliment Carl's investigator insights and together they work wonders on this very old case.
I have been on a run of quality science fiction purchases and tried to counter balance them with a good detective novel. Reykjavik Nights, was good, but it did not motivate me to write a review. But, this quality mystery and great character development supplied by the author and this talented narrator who breathed life into the final production is all you can ask for in an audible book. I have to share!
The book blew me away and I will hot on the trail of the next listen in this series.
In the top 20. I'm falling for thrillers from Northern Europe. This series and Larsson have me looking for more.
I was constantly trying to find the motive and killers, and then at the climax could not figure the ending like I can with most novels of this type.
No. He grew on me to the point I was let down tat e doesn't do book two. Others made fun of his "Schwarzenegger" accent was not bad. I think it fit perfectly.
I'm a die-hard fan of detective stories, with a new love for Scandinavian ones, and this story is a winner. The mystery itself grabbed my attention from the first and then there were the characters - a story unto themselves.
I thought the narrator was just super and Carl, Assad and Rose and the interaction among them was believable and witty, as well. I cannot wait to follow these people in the next Carl Morck stories.
The narrator sounds exactly like my Danish friends and colleagues - he made the characters really come alive for me.
i like to read. i like to listen.
this is the kind of well written, fast paced, thrilling novel i love. you've got your grumpy Nordic anti-hero cop who'd got a "past" that haunts him, and an attitude that doesn't help him...but that you end up loving him anyway. the crime was well thought out and scary as hell...even if the criminals were clunky, they were still menacing.
i'll definitely be reading the rest of the Department Q series...
I live in the Catskills and I enjoy listening to audiobooks, particularly when I am working around the farm. Fiction works best for me. Reality is overrated.
Great road trip book and no way will you get sleepy listening to this edge of the seat cop thriller. It made the miles go by effortlessly and my wife was totally caught up in spite of herself.
I was in a funk because I had completed all of the Pendergast series. I was in need of another detective to satiate my hunger for unique detective stories. I enjoy the Robert Galbraith (Rowling) Cormoron Strike new series, same type of twists and turns. Most of the characters sound like versions of Arnold Schwarzenegger but that's ok, it was in English and you got the feeling of being in Denmark. Great first book. Ready to download the next book!
Adler-Olsen has developed characters that I am attached to. But please do not have Davies narrate.