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 was a fascinating story.The bad guy was really, really bad. The detectives are fun and so human. I want to read more of this author.
The third Department Q novel portrays a perfect (or near-perfect) serial kidnapper/murderer. Adler-Olsen doesn't disappoint. The book had me on the edge of my seat much of the time.
Perhaps it's because I heard 2 and 3 almost back to back, but I found the third installment not as engaging as the first two. I love the Morck character and his sidekick Assad. I find the Rose/Ursa extra character less interesting. The plot here is also less plausible than the first two and leaves a number of ends loose in ways that are dissatisfying. It's well read, and did serve as a great distraction on a long and dull road trip.
Olsen is a master in plot and character development; a storyteller who delivers a complex and serious story with humour and twists.
Graeme Martin is narrator par excellance, and just plain superb. I couldn't stop listening to his performance of this selection.
Olsen's "The Marco Effect" is deserving of these superlatives as well.
High praise is also due to master linguist and translator, Dr. Martin Aitken, for his translation which keeps Olsen's creations alive and colourful.
Stop looking for a good read, you've just found it!
Enjoy reading and now listening to all types of books
Enjoyed this book just as much as the rest of the series. I will continue to read this author..
I love love to read (and listen) to great stories!
3rd installment in series. Great characters, some funny some quirky. I found this servers after looking for something similar to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Loved it. Fast paced. Best moment is when gilted girlfriend meets the parents of kidnapped children.
I am enjoying the department Q novels but I have been disappointed that the narrator is the least authentic danish detective novel narrator ever.
All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!
I just love these characters. Very mysterious tidbits about Assad, can't wait to get the next one and find out what it's all about
And the Rose twist--very interesting.
I also love the occasional laugh-out-loud moments, Carl and his sarcasm, especially when I'm listening while driving--I get a kick wondering if other drivers are wondering what is so funny.
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