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
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.
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!
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.
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'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!
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 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.
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 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 !!!
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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