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
This is the 4th book written by Jussi Adler Olsen I've listened to and am unabashedly addicted to Department Q! Karl and Assad along with Rose/Ursa have become my commuting companions so much as that I often yearn for traffic slowdowns just to hear a few more precious minutes of their adventures. I'd recommend Department Q to anyone who enjoys edge of your seat detective thrillers and a good dose of sarcastic humor.
I do enjoy this series. More than just the cases that are being investigated which are quite unique - the personal lives of all are intriguing. Creating more mystery of what's going on with these characters. Very entertaining and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Things don't always go right for these characters but because they are the good guys you know they will find way. This series is a relief from the typical detective formula that make you feel like you're drinking weak lemonade. Each book has so many twists and turns that by the end I am exhausted.
The main character is more optimistic than Harry Bosch, a bit more social but equally flawed. The plot arcs spanning the series become more fascinating with each book. I can't wait for the next one.
So far, anyway, this is the best of the series. The audio performance was exemplary, and the story had me seeking out spare moments when I wasn't supposed to be listening. Carl Mørck and Department Q have a fan in me.
South African, listening to books while training
The third book in the Department Q series lived up to my expectations. I listened to the first, read the second and then listened to this one. It is excellent and well worth the credit. I think the only thing that was dissapointing was the narrator sounded very English and some phrasing made me forget the book was in Scandanavia and felt more like England. This is the only dissapointment though, barring the accent the narration is very very well done, good pacing and clear.
One of the top. I am so in love with this series. Carl, Assad, and Rose/Ursa make me literally laugh out loud! I've already ordered the next in the series.
Yes. Adler-Olsen's characters are so well developed that you must find out what happens to them. I get so distracted cleaning my house that I don't even notice that I am cleaning my house.
Mr. Malcolm's voice is well suited to this genre.
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