The New York Times and internationally best-selling Danish crime writer Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with the third thriller in his exhilarating Department Q series.
Detective Carl Mørck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?
Carl's investigation will force him to cross paths with a woman stuck in a desperate marriage: Her husband refuses to tell her where he goes, how long he will be away, what he does while he's gone - or even what he does for a living. Isolated after choosing him over family and friends, she waits for days on end, and when he returns she must endure his wants, his moods, his threats. But enough is enough. She will find out the truth, no matter the cost to him - or to herself.
In this heart-pounding thriller, Carl and his colleagues Assad and Rose must use every resource available to uncover the horrifying truth set adrift in that bottle all those years ago.
©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2013 Penguin Audio
For the most part, it was hard to put this one down, so to speak. The killer's POV pulls the listener in and adds a level of tension that isn't found in the investigator's POV. I considered giving the story five stars but I was put off by the almost comic relationship between Morck and his employees. It almost felt like two writers were at work on one book. I know I should start at the beginning of the series but the narrator in book 1 is impossible to listen to and the plot of book 2 sounds a bit gruesome. Looking forward to book 4.
I'm a private investor with an affinity for a good spy story, mystery, or thriller. WWII Biography or History also appeals greatly.
You get a distinct feeling of authenticity from this author when he is describing the workings of the police department with it's politics, budgets, and people. The story may be a bit far fetched but not so much as to be a distraction. The book is written intelligently and gives the reader credit for some intellectual capacity. American writers could learn form this as it helps explain why writers from this region have become so popular lately.
There are a lot of similarities to other Scandinavian authors like Nesbo and Mankell.
The thing I remember most about this book is how unrelentingly dark it is. Not a good choice if you are already depressed or are looking for something to make you feel good. The Scandinavian crime writers all seem to project a very melancholy view of the world. Makes you wonder if the suicide rate there isn't sky high!
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.
The characters in Department Q are terrific. Carl narrates actions with great humor as his Department Q staff stumbles through each day as comic geniuses who catch the most slippery and vicious criminals. The cases no one else wants. Jussi Adler-Olsen is a wonderful author. I have enjoyed every book I've read of his. Narrator is great.
I haven't finished it, and it's very well-written, but each hope seems to be crushed.... Over and over again.
Yes, and no. I kept wanting to go forward, because I want an okay ending
Karl is always my favorite
I am enjoying engrossing myself in Danish culture. Well worth a credit. I am off to book 4 of the series.
I only listen to the audio versions since I've developed vision problems.
I liked the interactions between Carl and Assad. I want to know more about Assad. I liked the story line also. I wanted to get the the end but then I knew when I got there I would want more.
I love Graeme Malcolm. I look for books that he has narrated.
I think when I found out that Mia was still alive. I tried to imagine what it would be like to be trapped like that. It gives me chills because I am claustrophobic.
I'm ready to go to the next book. I'm alternating between Adler Olsen and Jo Nesbo. I don't know where I'll go when I finish all of their books.
I love books!
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 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.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Detective Carl Mørck is as poorly served by everyone around him as he serves them back. Every member of this ensemble has a conscience, and an agenda that coates their ability to act like molasses. But then... that's what life does to all of us, it's just that Jussi Adler-Olsen pours more of the stuff over his stories than most of us wade through. That's what dramatic license's all about, right? And what builds tension and the slope of a story arc. Graeme Malcom's voices make the climb up the arc easy as levitating. Start this series at the beginning... but enjoy "A Conspiracy Of Faith".
A fine listen.
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