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
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
And each one is a gem in itself. Exciting, mesmerizing & extremely well written. it certainly is a bench mark for other aspiring mystery writers. Narrators are great too, although i have some trouble with the pronunciation of the Danish names, but not enough to hinder my joy in reading these fine books.
This book seals it for me: this is an excellent series. This story is filled with many "coincidences" that at times leave you thinking - that's just too convenient. Surprisingly though, it's these coincidences and interwoven character plots that creep up on the reader and keep you on the edge of your seat. A scary tale of a reverse religious fanatic with just the right amount of irreverent humor to balance the whole novel.
A complex plot with quirky characters the story captures your attention even though it delves into the evil some people do to others as well as the long reaching results of that evil. Thankfully, the Dept. Q folks muddle along in opposition.
This authors books are riveting. My problem is they seem to become more and more racist with each subsequent book in the series. I would like to ask the author if this is characteristic of prevailing attitudes in Denmark, his personal views, or supposed to be representative of the particular population of the main characters? It seems so unnecessarily cruel. It detracts from the books
I had trouble tracking where we were in time on this one. There are a lot of loose ends at the end. I guess that's good because I want to know what happens next.
I read a lot of reviews that said this was the best book in the series. I disagree.
Dept q stories are tautly written and balance a nice bit of fun with colorful supporting characters and carefully honed villains. highly recommended.
It was a very good story, detailed, with great characters.
No I haven't
It made me kind of stressed!
Love the way the recorded books let me multitask! I can sew or knit, etc. and read a book, too. Really makes the time fly traveling
This is the third one I've listened to and, so far, they've all been great
Fascinating and engaging storylines, engaging characters, and Graeme Malcolm does a wonderful job with the voices and accents. I heartily recommend this book!
A road trip story. Held our attention. Characters interesting, narration great. This is a series, and the story advances the lives of the family and coworkers of the deeply flawed Carl as he struggles to make sense of a damaged massage in a bottle that may or may not be serious.
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