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
Great Tension Fine written characters
The tone of voice
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.
"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..
"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.
"Phew! The tension just kept building."
This was definitely in the top five of everything I have listened to.
This author, to me, is in the same league as Michael Robotham. He uses humour, excellent characters, intriguing, unusual plots and best of all, suspense.
Assad was wonderful - such an eager to please, kind person. I have a feeling there are depths to Assad that we will find in future books.
Steven Pacey was the main reason I chose this book to read. He could read me the telephone book and I would find it interesting. Thank you again Steven.
I sincerely hope there are many more books by this author and fortunately I have one more queued up to read
"Not-so-great Scandinavian detection fiction"
The Nordic setting seems to have thrown Steven Pacey quite badly. Bizarrely, he has chosen to use regional UK accents for many of the characters. Are we in the UK, in which case much of the local atmosphere is lost, or is it simply that Denmark, and particularly its police service, is overrun by British expats? His Danish accents are odd and strange. The least successful Steven Pacey narration I've listened to.
The story line is cliched, forced and implausible, even by the accommodating standards of crime writing. Attempts at wit and humour are contrived. The 'dark' side of the plot is all rather trite and sensationalist and what is potentailly a horrific situation becomes just so many words. The different characterisations are pushed too far, presumably in an attempt to make the characters stand out or to be memorable. In brief, all too formulaic to be worth listening too unless you're desperate.
"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.
"The best detective book that I have read so far!"
The characters are great - the reluctant detective and the crazy sidekick ( or not so crazy?). Among all the increasingly tense and fairly horrific ( and original) build up there is a great deal of humour which is unusual in these types of books, at times laugh out load. There are well rounded and believable characters in situations which are well described ... the tension and answers hold your attention until the end. loved it and will read more from this author and his reader.
The crime itself is original and mind blowing! Detailed descriptions of events. No flagging in tension and I liked the main 2 characters ..and like I said before ..the humour.
Excellant reader in all the parts he took so nothing grated.
Moved - I don't know - but I loved most the build up of the Prayer mats,Samosas etc
There was none of the vicarious in-your face horrific mutilations that are prevalent but still there was ominous build up of evil - clever
"Start of another Scandi-noir fest"
Steven Pacey brings the characters to life in an entertaining manner particularly reflecting the author's (or translator's) humour in what could have been an overwhelmingly bleak experience.
The plot is typical uncompromisingly dark as in many of the better noir crime novels but does not forget that "real" characters often make the difference between a good idea and an excellent novel.
Any scenes where detective Carl is espousing his philosophy in sarcastic style. And interactions with mysterious Assad.
Don't know but sure title would not be Mercy. Keeper of lost causes would be much better.
This is the first if the Department "Q" novels and I guarantee you'll want to download next two (currently available) and immerse yourself. Enjoy.
"Fantastic Enjoyable read!"
The narrator was fantastic, he made all the characters believable. His narration of Assad, made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion!
I really enjoyed this book, it is well written and narrated. Have already downloaded the next book in the series
I thought about getting this book for a long time, because when there is such a "hype" about a book sometimes it is just hot air, besides I usually listen or read Scandinavian Authors in German... But I am very glad I did get it. The case wasn't the most interesting thing about the book, that was good but not outstanding I think, but the characters of the investigation team were great and something different from the usual. And listen to the narrator was great I really liked the way he read the book. I will defenitly get the next book from the author.....
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