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 series is compelling. The characyer development and narrative style is perfect for this genre.
The narrator did a perfect job.
Searches for a good detective series after finishing Pendergast, Matthew Corbett , and Cormoron Strike series had ended. Many revirws say you can start with this but you should really begin with the first book, Keeper of lost causes dept Q.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
If you liked the first Dept. Q book, you will like this one. The characters working with Carl are more finely drawn.
The bad guy is REALLY bad in this one, so it was a bit more disturbing to read about his crimes.
I strongly recommend. GO IN ORDER.
I started at the beginning of the series and unlike some other reviewers, this is my LEAST favorite of the three thus far. I will definitely give it another listen as I thoroughly enjoyed the first two novels, however, I felt like I was missing Department Q. It is a very interesting story, well written and the performance is good, I just wasn't captured like I was previously by this series.
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.
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