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Guilt: Department Q, Book 4 | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

Guilt: Department Q, Book 4

Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian crime thriller.1987. Nete Rosen thought she'd put her traumatic youth behind her. Her caring foster parents and loving husband helped her start again. However, when a man from her past reappears one night, Nete's new life could be shattered.
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Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian crime thriller.

1987. Nete Rosen thought she'd put her traumatic youth behind her. Her caring foster parents and loving husband helped her start again. However, when a man from her past reappears one night, Nete's new life could be shattered. But she won't be drawn back into that nightmare - she won't be a victim again...

2010. Detective Carl M'rck from Copenhagen's cold case division is looking into the disappearance of Rita Nielsen, an escort agency owner. The investigation reveals that Rita is only one piece of the puzzle. Because this is not a one-off incident - but part of a disturbing pattern which has been hidden from prying eyes for over twenty years...

Jussi Adler-Olsen was born in Copenhagen and worked as a magazine editor and publisher before starting to write fiction. Mercy and Disgrace are the first two in currently four novels in the Department Q series. He holds the prestigious Glass Key Award, given annually for a crime novel by a Scandinavian author, and is also winner of the Golden Laurels, Denmark's highest literary accolade.

©2014 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

What the Critics Say

"Gripping storytelling" (Guardian)
"Engrossing" (Sunday Express)
"As impressive as it is unnerving" (Independent)

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    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 03-01-14
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2007

    I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.

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    "This is the Book "The Purity of Vengeance" Renamed"

    This has happened to me previously. Audible brings another narrator's version of the story online, changes the title for the North American audience, and I end up buying it, unaware that I have already listened to the novel. I am a bit torqued over this because now I have to go through the hassle of returning the book. I have purchased 1257 audio books and I want to be able to rely on Audible to get this stuff right the first time.

    Buy the "Purity of Vengeance," narrated by Graeme Malcom…he is a much more compelling narrator.

    44 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Sloane Emigrant, MT, United States 03-06-14
    Sloane Emigrant, MT, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Same book as Purity of Vengeance, just renamed!"
    What disappointed you about Guilt?

    I didn't buy "The Purity of Vengeance" on Amazon.uk. I bought it here, I was thrilled when I saw a new book in the Dept Q series... didn't need to read the summary, just bought it. Then as I got ready to download it, I read the the synopsis and thought it sounded awfully familiar! There should be something in Audible's database that detects a purchase like this. Yes, I was able to return it, but why waste my time?!


    What other book might you compare Guilt to and why?

    Um ... The Purity of Vengeance!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steven Pacey?

    Irrelevant


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I think my feelings are obvious at this point!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cholmondeley Santa Barbara, CA United States 03-23-14
    Cholmondeley Santa Barbara, CA United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2004
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    "I've heard this and once was enough."

    Audible - you don't have to include my rating. I'm using this as a way to ask for $ back. I couldn't sleep last night and needed a book to listen to. This seemed to be brand new but as soon as it started I realized that I had heard it before, that I didn't want to hear it again, and in no event was it a good book to use to help with sleep! In the past I think I've been told by my library when I try to buy a book I've already got. I think there have been problems with the name of this one. Thanks, Brian Burke

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Spring Lake, NJ, United States 07-19-14
    Kathleen Spring Lake, NJ, United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent book"
    Where does Guilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Beware of title changes. This Book is presently being offered as The Purity of Vengance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Novotny Klamath Falls OR 04-20-14
    Novotny Klamath Falls OR 04-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Lacked the Usual OOMP"

    Not sure what didn't work on this book--reader? plot? I love Jussi-Olsen series and the fine characters....but this one --well, it was disappointing. I hope next is better.

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  • RubyShoes
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    3/12/14
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    "Aitchooo!"

    Having read the other 3 Department Q books I was really waiting for this one and I wasn't disappointed it was just as good as the other 3.

    The same well thought out plot the same dry wit.. the same excellent narration by Steven Pacey but I'm going to be picky here... having your main characters begin the book with a cold which brings with it a dodgy tummy o.o and lasts the entire book may work in print but as an audio-book not so much!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Niall
    England
    3/6/14
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    "Great stuff yet again."

    The Purity of Vengeance issue on audible.com aside, this is a superb story, expertly read.

    The balance of humour and honest to God tragedy is extremely well done. The core subject matter exposes the brutality and narrow minded self serving attitudes of a long gone time. That is to say, I sincerely hope those attitudes have no grounding anywhere on earth any more.

    If you've enjoyed his previous dept Q books, I'm sure you'll love this. If you haven't had the pleasure of any of them, crack on!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Wellington, New Zealand
    5/14/14
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    "Absolutely love Jussi Adler Olsen"
    Would you listen to Guilt again? Why?

    I listen to all the series again which very rarely happens with me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Easily.


    Any additional comments?

    This author is wonderful. Probably my favourite crime writer at present. I thoroughly enjoy the characters, the story lines and whilst sometimes slightly unbelievable the entertainment value and narration make up for it. I think Steven Pacey is an excellent narrator and rate him as one of the best

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Colette
    Gorebridge, United Kingdom
    4/16/14
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    "Love these books"

    I've just listened to the four Dept Q books all in a row and now I'm finished I feel desolate. I'm really going to miss Carl, Assad and Rose. The stories are brilliantly developed, the characterisation is excellent and the narrator is superb.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lou
    Reading, United Kingdom
    3/14/14
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    "Scandi crime - gritty and intelligent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guilt to be better than the print version?

    No. I believe different formats each have their own characteristics. Having said that, I don't actually have the print version.

    One advantage for me of the audio edition is that I don't trip over the pronunciations of the unfamiliar names. The disadvantage being that I have no idea how to spell them!


    What other book might you compare Guilt to, and why?

    This is the fourth 'Department Q' series novel and I've listened to all the others too. Obviously this one compares to the preceding three. In addition, I had a niggling feeling most of the way through this book that it's rather too similar in concept to 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' - disadvantaged girl has bad start in life and is badly let down by authority figures who should actually be helping her.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed the whole book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. Very close to the end the doctor is told to introduce himself properly to the lady next to him. The realisation of the lady's identity I found particularly moving. Not from the narrative, but from what I as the reader could infer and emote from all I'd learned before.
    Apologies, that sounds rather cryptic but I don't want to give anything away!


    Any additional comments?

    One of the aspects I am drawn to with this series is that each book has its own case, completed within the book. But running through all the books is the aftermath and continuation of a different case which happened prior to the start of the first book. I want to keep reading the books so I find out how it resolves!

    I'm also a little bit in love with the quirkiness of the three main characters, Mørk, Assad and Rose, as well as the secondary characters of Mørk's household, ex-wife, and girlfriend.

    I enjoy the scandi crime genre and the fact that the author is very clever in the way he weaves the various elements of the story together.

    Just one final point - I'd strongly recommend you read this series in order. It'll make far more sense if you do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    4/24/14
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    "Worth a listen"
    Where does Guilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middling


    If you’ve listened to books by Jussi Adler-Olsen before, how does this one compare?

    First time but would look for another Adler-Olsen


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I enjoyed his narration


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself wanting to know more about the island mentioned in the book, learned something new. Bonus for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    Achill,, Ireland
    3/13/14
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    "Jussi Adler Olsen just gets better and better."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I stumbled upon this series and bought a couple of the books because, amazingly, they were on sale! I'm so glad I did. I now realize why JAA is Germany's favorite author. His books are well written, unclichéd, and full of such fantastic characters than when I finish one I often listen back to extracts of it because I miss them so much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Karl, Assad, Rose are the main characters and I love all of these. Karl because of his angst and Assad and Rose because of their quirkiness. The interaction between these characters is often hilarious.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    They are brought to life by Steven Pacey's performance. Although I love Scott Lynch, Sean Barrett, Will Patton and Kobna Holbrook-Smith I think Steven Pacey surpasses them. He switches so seamlessly between male and female characters that you could think that you are listening to a play at times.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I almost wet myself when Assad and Rose were having the old toilet seat argument.


    Any additional comments?

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is a multi-talented man. He is the son of a Pyschiatrist and Sex Therapist. He is medical doctor, film producer and biographer to name but a few of his talents. He brings all of this extensive knowledge to his books but it doesn't make them weighty or boring. They are funny, serious, quirky and have the best characterization I have met in a long time. I hope he also writes quickly!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Melksham, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Brillaint series"
    Would you listen to Guilt again? Why?

    no, always to much new stuff to listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character are really well written, this is the 4th in the series and you really do get to know them. the narration by Steven Pacey is just the best, he could read the phone book and make it interesting


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of it pretty much


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh sometimes


    Any additional comments?

    Start with book 1 and read them in order, really good and well recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julia Jones
    7/7/14
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    "Absolutely gripping!"
    What made the experience of listening to Guilt the most enjoyable?

    Great portrayal of the main characters both in the writing and the reading. I completely forget that this is being read by one man and wholeheartedly enter into the drama of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really like Asad - the character is so well rounded and believable, with just a hint of something mysterious. The accent the reader has used is delightful and endearing and the characters grasp of each situation is totally believable and just slightly comic.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Steven Pacey's reading is so good that you almost forget that you are being read to, but his choice of accents and inflections in each character is perfect and brings each and every one of them to life. I am addicted!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, yes, yes, although sadly I do have to work :)


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward immensely to my 'down-time' painting or quilting, listening to these audio books adds another dimension to my leisure and leave me completely engrossed - the time passes too quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    ROCHESTER, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to Guilt again? Why?

    This is the forth in this seris. I don't generally listen to books twice but I will be visiting all four again whilst waiting impatiently for the number five please.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guilt?

    There was so many. Loved the relationship of Carl, Assaf and Rose bonding as they become a formidable team. Although not a comedy as such but I laughed out loud on many of occasions.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Steven Pacey is the ideal narrator. He makes the characters come to life and has a lovely tone to his voice. Well suited.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes. I was so sorry to get to the end wanted ur to go on for ever. Although I didn't want it to end I couldn't put it down so pacing myself just didn't happen.


    Any additional comments?

    If u like a good mystery with a good plot and a little giggle thrown in this is the seris for you. You will not be disappointed trust me. I also enjoy Mark Billingham, Craig Russell and Michael Robotham etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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