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A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3 | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

Detective Carl Morck 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?
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Novotny Klamath Falls OR 11-03-13
    Novotny Klamath Falls OR 11-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Department Q--Wonderful"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Montara, CA, United States 10-29-13
    Larry Montara, CA, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "One TERRIFIC Book!"

    This is one of the best if not the best mystery I have listened to. The combination of offbeat eccentric heroes and heroines and totally believable and extremely evil criminals is masterful. The plot is immaculate and the narration superb!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Evergreen, CO, United States 10-18-13
    Julie Evergreen, CO, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This series is meant to be heard, not read"
    Any additional comments?

    The reader for this series is awesome. The stories are your basic far-fetched fare but its the interaction between the burned out, non-political, onery but ultimately solid detective Carl and his mysterious but undervalued assistant/janitor/whatever is needed guy Assad, and the ever dysunctional, personality disordered, yet strangely perceptive Rose. The awkwardness between them all makes for a good many chuckles and hours of entertainment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 10-11-13
    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This is a bit relentless"
    What made the experience of listening to A Conspiracy of Faith the most enjoyable?

    I haven't finished it, and it's very well-written, but each hope seems to be crushed.... Over and over again.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, and no. I kept wanting to go forward, because I want an okay ending


    Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

    Karl is always my favorite


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry S. 11-20-14
    Terry S. 11-20-14

    I'm a private investor with an affinity for a good spy story, mystery, or thriller. WWII Biography or History also appeals greatly.

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    "Excellent Story, Well Told but Disturbing"
    What did you love best about A Conspiracy of Faith?

    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.


    What other book might you compare A Conspiracy of Faith to and why?

    There are a lot of similarities to other Scandinavian authors like Nesbo and Mankell.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary F. Washburn Loomis, CA United States 10-04-14
    Mary F. Washburn Loomis, CA United States 10-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great book from Jussi Adler Olsen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Conspiracy of Faith to be better than the print version?

    I only listen to the audio versions since I've developed vision problems.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Graeme Malcolm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Graeme Malcolm. I look for books that he has narrated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Austin, TX, United States 09-14-14
    Janet Austin, TX, United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Best so far! Epic timeline, suspense all the way"

    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.

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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 03-27-14
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "A Message in A Bottle Leads to a Murderer"

    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.

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    Valerie O 08-01-13
    Valerie O 08-01-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A HUGE MISTAKE IN NARRATER !!! I'm sorry to say"
    What did you like best about A Conspiracy of Faith? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Conspiracy of Faith?

    Hearing the narrater's voice almost stopped me dead in my tracks


    Would you be willing to try another one of Graeme Malcolm’s performances?

    Not in this series ever again


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    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 !!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tawney Dash Point, WA, United States 01-28-15
    Tawney Dash Point, WA, United States 01-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The best I've read so far of Department Q"

    Not so unremittingly dark, and with a good deal of dry, laid back humor. The best of the series so far IMO

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