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Mercy: Department Q, Book 1 | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

Mercy: Department Q, Book 1

The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.
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The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon.

Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction. She will die first. Copenhagen detective Carl has been taken off homicide to run a newly created department for unsolved crimes. His first case concerns Merete Lynggaard, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she's dead. Everyone says it’s a waste of time. He thinks they’re right.

The voice in the dark is distorted, harsh and without mercy. It says the prisoner’s torture will only end when she answers one simple question. It is one she has asked herself a million times: WHY is this happening?

©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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    G Matt Seongnam, Korea (South) 06-03-14
    G Matt Seongnam, Korea (South) 06-03-14
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    "Fantastic Crime Thriller From Denmark"

    One of the best crime novels I have ever experienced. This can be favorably compared to the best of Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, John Sanford and Henning Mankell. A powerful, emotional ending that will remain with me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    leon munstergeleen, Netherlands 09-07-12
    leon munstergeleen, Netherlands 09-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"
    If you could sum up Mercy in three words, what would they be?

    Great Tension Fine written characters


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    The tone of voice


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    double faces


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juliette K Fitchew 07-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting Scandinavian thriller"

    Best thriller I have read (listened) for a long time. Steven Pacey is a marvellous narrator and I can't wait to follow other books by Adler Olsen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dave 04-17-15
    dave 04-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "For any Nordic fans"

    Loved the characters, loved the plot, loved the humor. Not quite a Nesbo, but a must for Nesbo/Larsson fans

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T J Clark 03-15-15
    T J Clark 03-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    Great book. The story held your attention the whole way along. Now onto the next one in the series. Well read.

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    D. Knight 02-20-15
    D. Knight 02-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect Book"

    Jussi rocks. What more can you say! Buy all the dept Q books. We finally have someone to stand in Steig's shoes.

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    Marcus 06-09-14
    Marcus 06-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Totally weird and awfully gruesome"

    This may stretch your imagination. It certainly stretched credibility - to breaking point.
    The book is at least twice as long as it ought to be.

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    Mark Sydney, Australia 03-16-15
    Mark Sydney, Australia 03-16-15 Member Since 2015

    Musician, composer, entertainer. I travel around Australia presenting clinics on drums and percussion. I write music from my home studio. I love film music and salsa music. Love being with Audible and listen constantly to comedy, thrillers etc on my iPhone when I'm setting up my show, packing the van or driving to and from the gigs. It's my friend in my ear!

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    "Premise for cruel, tortuous revenge absurd."

    Believability and credibility crucial for me to really enjoy a book like this. My first time with this author and I probably won't go back. All the Danish towns and landmarks mentioned only added to my disinterest. I thought the narrator did a good job and I was particularly drawn to the Syrian cohort and police enthusiast Assad. After a steady diet of Clancy, Flynn etc where every Arabic character is a bitter,fundamentalist thug who spits on the rest of the world and the 'infidels' in it, a more sympathetic Arab character was a most refreshing change. Loved Assad. The story though was daft. The authors attempt to find a reason for the horrendous torture he wanted to describe was just lame and hard to accept. Don't waste your credit.

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  • GORDON
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    10/26/12
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    "excellent thriller"

    i approached this book with trepidation - was it to be just another scandinavian detective thriller? well, in a nutshell, that's exactly what it is, but it's also more than that.



    the main character is semi-burned out, his new companion interesting, the plotting well constructed and the pace apt.



    in addition, the narrator does a great job (i do like the application of uk dialects despite this being set in denmark). i'll be buying the next in the series.

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  • Saffy
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    4/8/13
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    "Excellent Scandinavian crime"

    I was getting a little fed up of Scandinavian fiction - love Mankell but not sure about Nesbo- so it took me a while to get round to listening to this. I am so pleased I finally listened! It is a superb crime novel, as good as anything Henning Mankell has ever written. It moves along at a really good pace and keeps you guessing most of the way through. The police procedural aspect of it is one of the best I have read for a long time and I love the relationship between the detective Carl and his assistant - the enigmatic Assad. Steven Pacey is one of my favourite narrators - he narrates Susan Hill's Serailler series brilliantly- and he does not disappoint here. I also really liked the use of UK regional accents. I have now downloaded book 2 in the series and cannot wait for the release of the third book in July.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
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    2/8/13
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    "Danish Noire superbly read by Steven Pacey"

    One of the best audibooks I've heard. Its a Danish detective novel with a political sub-plot - similar to the brilliant "The Killing" Danish TV series.



    Read superbly by Steven Pacey - one of my favourite narrators. In fact I originally chose this book mainly due to his excellent narration of the marvelous Joe Abercrombie books which I've recently finished.



    So glad I did. Just downloaded the sequel - for the continuing story of Dept Q..

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Corazie
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    1/21/14
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    "Long..."

    5 Words: Brutal, slow, intense, horrific, blah.

    I didn't enjoy this at all to start. I wasn't so keen on the narrator and I wasn't keen at all on Carl. But then we were introduced to Merete and I couldn't put it down.

    But my, is it a long listen.

    I didn't like Carl and the way he consistently objectified women and belittled them for not falling at his feet. It actually made me feel sick and is absolutely NOT what I want from a main protagonist.

    The scenes with Merete were pretty brutal. I listened curled up, my hands in fists, my jaw clenched. They were disturbingly well written.

    I liked Assad. He brought some well needed humour - and even a thread of mystery - to the story. Without him it would have been too heavy.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    6/17/14
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    "Turns out better than my first impression"

    Maybe I read/listen to too much detective fiction but I sighed at the beginning of this book as the formulaic clichés of the genre rolled out: maverick cop, separated from wife, insubordinate towards superiors and bolshie over smoking bans. Fortunately once that was out of the way an interesting story slowly emerges. It’s a kidnap and imprisonment case that’s a bit different: complicated but eventually gripping. It takes a while to get used to all the unfamiliar sounding Danish names and the surprise that the Danish cops are differentiated by the narrator by giving them British regional accents. But when one thinks about it, it’s logical: Denmark must be full of regional accents. Two murder cases come into the narrative that don’t add much to the book, particularly the one involving a cyclist killed in a park the solving of which is hastily described without much evidence being provided. The main story is carried by Carl a detective appointed to head a small department looking at old, unsolved cases. Small being the operative word as his only assistant is a Syrian political refugee, Assad, given asylum and ostensibly employed as a cleaner. However Assad is an enigma who displays surprising talents of observation and deduction and gradually becomes Carl’s side-kick. If this is the beginning of a series the cultural and language differences of the duo provide welcome light-relief.

    Steven Pacey does a superb job of narration using a wide range of accents from Geordie to Glasgow and encompassing different ages and genders.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    United Kingdom
    1/17/14
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    "Gripping and fast paced"
    What did you like most about Mercy?

    The mixture of characters were interesting and great story line. Would like to see more from this author


    What did you like best about this story?

    I listen to audio books on the long drive to work so have listened to a large number of books, but this book kept me enthralled and I couldn't stop listening until the end! Fast paced and nail biting!


    Any additional comments?

    Would highly recommend.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    London, United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "A cut above"

    Towards the end of this reading I almost had to stop my player because the tension was becoming unbearable. Indeed, I was gripped from start to finish. As others have commented, the burnt-out cop is nothing new, but the satirically comic irony of how he gets his second chance in the novel's plot, as well as this character's sense of humour play well. And yes, his assistant Assad is quite an original, really brought to life by Stephen Pacey who reads the whole book incredibly well. What I also found interesting is the book's examination of Denmark and its politics. As with much Scandinavian crime we are learning the all too familiar problems of these countries, which have in the past seemed to have got so much right in their democracies.
    The book is very violent, but for me I did not find it gratuitous or to have the misogyny common to many thrillers. It is extremely well written, by an author who has a fascinating CV. And interestingly he has worked as a publishing editor. Unlike so many books nowadays, this novel really does not need any more editing. Superb.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Penny
    Havelock North, New Zealand
    12/9/13
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    "Please, please - more from author and narrator!!"

    I've listened to three in a row now (Mercy, Disgrace and Redemption) and found them all utterly compelling - I feel totally bereft now I don't have one to listen to. I love all the flawed characters - makes it so interesting to listen to, and Steven Pacey is brilliant as a narrator, switching voices and accents to different character's speech - marvellous. The only other narrator to compare with him is Derek Jacoby (Pereira Maintains - another brilliant listen). I simply can't rave enough about this, and I'm not usually a raver.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • George
    March, United Kingdom
    11/12/14
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    "Really very good , but ."
    What did you like most about Mercy?

    The idea , the plot and the pace .


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

    Of course , the end .


    Any additional comments?

    I have said very good , but , the but is a personal one , I would have given five stars across the board except for the unneccersery use of swear words , the use of which is usually given as , " to bring authenticity to the story " , but , that excuse doesn't work here when you take into account that this all takes place in Denmark , yet it's narrator has used all sorts of UK provincial accents for the characters , I've had many Scandinavian novels and for me they come across much better with accents of the region or completely neutral . If you can get along with these points then buy it and enjoy .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    10/5/14
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    "Mercy?"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book, ensuring that I will listen to more.

    I found the beginning and Carl aggravating. It took three attempts to get me into it, after I was, there was no leaving it. Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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