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 the best of the three I have so far read - very little of the silliness that characterized the previous two. Very good plot, performance was, as usual, excellent.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I am a big fan of John Nesbo novels, and having listened to them all had to find an alternative. I read the reviews and this novel, book 3, in the series got the highest rating, so I started there. I did not feel like I missed anything from previous novels, so I feel I can safely backtrack in the listening order. Set in Stockholm, it fits well in the genre of Nordic serial killer books (Nesbo, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, etc.) . If you liked any of those books, you will like this and vice versa. So if you have not read Nesbo, you can listen to this series and then move on to him. That way you will almost a dozen books to listen to.
Avid Audible listener the life saver in my 180 minutes of commuting each work day.
Absolutely. I'll leave it to one side so that I can allow my vivid recollections to fade somewhat but the story line, the characters, and the clever slotting of each aspect of the story so that it is unclear whether the good guys are going to be in time to thwart the bad guy and save the day.
The two previous books by Jusse Adler-Olsen are so different and yet just the same. These books don't just have a central character they have a cast of characters each richly contributing to the tales. There are great similarities with the books of Jo Nesbo and to a lesser extent Steig Larsson.
He has Assad off to a tee, the same character emerges in the narrative and the humour is not lost in translation. His narration is not affected or over done. Very neat performance true to pronunciations Danish throughout. Unrushed and smooth. Excellent, would seek out other books narrated by same.
Many, perhaps the most moving the naivety within marginal religeous sects which exposes those groups to abuse and within those groups the abuse meted out in the name of religeon. Terrible and inexcusable behaviour with patriarchs beating their children in the name of God.
Really looking forward to the next book in the series.
This is the 3rd Department Q and I have to say I just love these books and this one is the best so far.
I love the characters and Assad has to be the most entertaining sidekick in all the mystery/thrillers I enjoyed in a long time.
You can read the overview of the book to get the thrust of the story. I will tell you the pacing, narration and story keep you wanting more. This one is hard to stop listening too.
How long do I have to wait for the next Department Q? I'm hooked!
Big historical fiction fan and mysteries/espionage addict. Favourite author at the moment, Jo Nesbo.
Stieg Larsson or Nesbo light, quirky characters kinda like Barney Miller with an edge, lots of funny parts I thought. Though some the characters may drive you nuts at times.
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 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 !!!
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