Denmark's Department Q, cold case squad, is back on another case. A message in a bottle from 14 years ago has been found sitting around in someone's office. When Carl and his two "assistants", Assad and Rose, finally get it, they find a note written in blood and greatly faded by time. Deciphering the note is a project in itself, but it eventually leads them on the trail of a sadistic serial murderer, who has been kidnapping children from strange closed religious sects and living off the ransom money. He's extremely cleaver and has many names and exit strategies from every situation. Catching him before he murders more children sends Carl and Assad around the country.
This is the third book in the Department Q series and reads well alone, but the main characters have a background that is best enjoyed if you start from book one--THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES. The mystery is very sadistic and evil. The comic relief comes from the relationships of the three continuing characters, which is endearing and just plain hysterical at times. I listened to the audio version of this book and highly recommend it. The readers does an excellent job with accents. The audio also added to the sense of foreboding.
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I listen to my books in the order I buy them. So, I've reached a point with Jussi Adler-Olson's books that I'm happy when one of his books come up. The author has created quite the group in Dept Q in Denmark where they work the coldest of cold cases. The interactions of the people in the department are quirkey and enjoyable adding some humor tot he books. But the author has a creative imagination and comes up with morbid, gruesome plots. I'd hope these types of characters are not crawling all over Denmart or anywhere else for that matter. In this book, when the bad guy was a kid, his preacher father "beat God out of him". But as he he grew into adulthood he didn't grow up normal rather he turned to the dark side and became a nasty person himself doing really nasty things to his victims. This was a page turner and stays true to the genre. Adler-Olson is one of those authors where his books keep getting better as he gains writing experience. Enjoy!!
I have listened to all 3 of these books now, and each has had a different narrater. First off the author needs to step in because the lack of consistency is a huge detractor from the story. I did get the first one from my local library , so its possible its a different narrater on audible, but it was fantastic. The second one , again the story very engaging , I personally did not like the change in narrater, and i didn't think he was as good.
This third one, i almost stopped right away and returned the book it was that disconcerting !! Whomever made the decision to have the very recognizable voice of the MC Beaton light hearted Hamish McBeth series ( well into over a dozen) should be fired !!!!
I have listened to every MC Beaton in the series, and to hear that very very distinctive voice read this very grim , serious book was TRAGIC !!!!!!
I can only hope the author / audiobook decision making group get there act together on this very smart intellectual series. It has great potentiol , but i personally will now check who the reader is before i buy another one, and i won't be listening to anything by this reader in this type of book ever again . It was that disconcerting. If you are not familiar with the voice it would be a fine read. However most of us are & this was a very poor selection of narrater.
Hearing the narrater's voice almost stopped me dead in my tracks
Not in this series ever again
get a narrater that suits this genre and stick to it , stop changing around , and don't pick a voice so known for another lighthearted genre, that was a mad stupid decision !!!
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
The "Department Q" Series is back on track with this third book in the series. I loved the first book following the cases of a Danish "cold case" police unit. As sometimes happens, the second book did not hold up. Only for the great reviews did I decide to give it one more try, and I am thrilled that I did. The characters that Adler-Olsen has developed are so special to me. My favorites include the world-weary Detective Carl Morck, the brilliant and mysterious Assad, the quirky twins, Rose / Yrsa, and his paralyzed former police partner, Hardy. I couldn't wait to listen to any scene with those characters.
My only complaint is that the central mystery in each book is outrageous, yet the imagination and pacing of the story had me thinking about the book constantly. The message in the bottle that had to be deciphered was so well done. I can see why Adler-Olsen is such a best selling author around the world. Graeme Malcolm does a great job as narrator for this series.
I love the interplay between the main characters and can't wait to find out more about Rose and Assad.
The overall story and unexpected twists and turns! The character development was excellent as was the insight into the mind of the killer! Very disturbing...This was written by a Scandanavian author who people are comparing to Henning Mankell. This book is just as good as Mankell, if not better.
Just when I think I figured out what was coming next, the author proved me wrong time and again. The plot twists are what will keep you on the edge of your seat and up late at night!
I don't want to give away any of the scenes, just enjoy!
This wasn't really that type of a book..
I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I only hope the other books are this good.
To get a better idea of my background. I am a working class white male in my forties. I love good fiction, and I love smart books. I have drifted towards a lot of European writers like Reginald Hill, Val McDermid.,Etc....
I liked the first book.... I will in the most manly of terms consider it cute - But I am so far off the center of popular opinion with this one. I won't say it was horrible - I was just so under whelmed that I turned it off and took it off my phone well before the second half finished. There were some technical discrepancies with at least the beliefs of Jehovah's witnesses.... Forced blood would not be considered a sin.... Also they can't tell lies only between members... I didn't ruin anything by revealing that... I'm am stating that as a far removed member. It made me wonder how far off the other facts were.. It just started off slow and never got past slower. I was honestly bored...
For what it's worth...... J
The story is the best of the first three books in the Department Q series. It is brilliantly plotted and kept me wondering what will happen next the whole time. The main characters are warm and funny. I am extremely happy to know that the first book in the series made into the big screen and they are currently shooting the second movie based on the second book. (haven't watch the movie yet because it is a Danish production, still waiting for the DVD and English subtitle.)
Somehow I love the narrator of the first book (the Keeper of Lost Causes) best but this narrator is also OK. It is very annoying that they publish the books under different titles in UK and US (which is commonly done as far as I know but never understand) and three different narrators are involved in different books in different versions.
Looking forward to listen to the fourth book.
If you were hooked by the first two books in the series, you won't want to miss this one. All the regulars are back and as the story progresses, you get to know the main characters a bit better. The story is compelling; good police work with a bit of intuition. I'm ready for number 4!