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
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
Stieg Larsson or Nesbo light, quirky characters kinda like Barney Miller with an edge, lots of funny parts I thought. Though some the characters may drive you nuts at times.
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 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 have listened to the first four Dept Q books and this one is my favorite. I thought the suspense was maintained very well throughout the book. It was also a bit more believable a plot that 1, 2 and 4. Characters are well thought out and dialogue is good. Great twists throughout the book without the story going off the rails. Good action scenes also.
Touch of truth
The Department Q books are a bit gruesome for me but I have been drawn into the characters. The development of the characters is the most interesting part of the book. In the end... but I don't want to give away the ending!
I haven't read the print version. I can't imagine that this performance doesn't enhance the printed word.
This is a splendid performance of a well-crafted, intelligent mystery novel. The pacing and dialogue are extremely well done. The book is character-driven, and the plot is a rational one, not the overblown nonsense so common in the genre. A wonderful series--may there be many more.
No, I don't listen to books more than once.
The ending, but the entire book is good.
Try one of these in the series. There is sufficient humor to make the characters believable, but not so much that it detracts from the story. The bad guys are dark but the stories aren't so dark they're depressing.
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.
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