The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s sensational new thriller, read by the actor Steven Pacey.
Two boys, brothers, wake tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Their kidnapper has gone, but soon he will return. Their bonds are inescapable.
But there is a bottle and tar to seal it. Paper and a splinter for writing; blood for ink. A message begging for help.
In Copenhagen’s cold cases division Carl Morck has received a bottle. It holds an old and decayed message, written in blood. It is a cry for help from two boys. Is it real? Who are they and why weren’t they reported missing? Can they possibly still be alive?
©2013 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
I just downloaded "Redemption" after having listened to "A Conspiracy of Faith," also by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Interestingly, Audible is selling the IDENTICAL BOOK UNDER TWO TITLES.
Cospiracy or honest mistake? You decide.
The book, by itself, is a very good good thriller. I kind of like European settings for thrillers and mysteries...especially northern and eastern Europe where winter bleak gives the mystery an icy edge. This is the 2nd Adler/Olsen Dept. Q book I've heard from Audible.
For plot, great. For characterization...great. Even though it is about that highly overdone bogeyman...the serial killer...(I usually refuse to bother with most novels employing this device) this author actually made the story fresh and imaginative and did a masterful job of varying the pace of the plot, throwing in wit with bits and pieces of the more mundane human comedy. I have developed a wariness committing my time to reading "follow up" novels written as part of series. Each story, I think,must stand on its own merit. Adler-Olsen is +2 for 2, in my opinion.
I first heard Steven Pacey reading Joe Abercombie's "First Law" trilogy. He made all three books come alive. His narration makes me feel like the child I used to be who sat in front of the old console radio with his whole attention riveted on "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon" or the stories told on the "Buster Brown Show" every Saturday morning From those voice(s) a kid could imagine worlds he or she never "saw". Mr. Pacey has that gift of being able to inspire one's imagination in that way, too, I think. At least for me. Like with Abercrombie's works, Mr. Pacey's narration enhances the entertainment value of this book, immensely. Having written that, I must add that the entertainment value of the novel, itself, is quite high.
I love Scandinavian crime thrillers and this is just fabulous. I am enjoying the growing interaction between Karl and Hassad. In the series, I would rank the 1st book best, this book second best and the 2nd book my least favorite. Jussi Adler-Olson has adeptly developed a wicked crime drama... the backdrop is an amusing, chaotic work environment for Karl and the folks at Police HQ. Well done and recommended. Although there are fewer books in the series, I do enjoy the Adler-Olsen books better than those of Jo Nesbo, if I had to choose!
I can't get enough Jussi Adler-Olsen. and his Department Q. I love the way the plot and characters are fully developed , horrible and funny at the same time...
Once again Steven Pacey steals the show! Can't wait for another in the series to come out....More department Q please!!!
"Best Department Q yet!"
The best in the Department Q series so far. Not as horrific as the first novel and not as bloated as the second installment. A good mix between humour and tension as we revisit the quirky characters of the Department Q team, some of whom themselves are shrouded in mystery. An old message, written in blood, is found in a bottle floating off the coast of Scotland. Scottish forensics discovers the message is in Danish and the bottle is sent to the Copenhagen Police, where it lands on the large pile of cold cases languishing in Department Q. While the reader knows the back story of the message and that the killer is still at large, the tension builds as the Department Q team slowly piece the story surrounding the message together. The listener waits with abated breath for the team to connect the dots and make the breakthrough and when it happens the pace is taken up a notch with a very tense race against time. An excellent third installment to a very enjoyable series. As always Steven Pacey's narration is superb. I must have made quite a spectacle of myself in traffic, jumping up and down in the car, shouting and waving my fists at the radio! Loved listening to this one.
"Wow, the best of department Q!!!"
After "Mercy" and "Disgrace" this is the third book from Adler-Olsen on department Q and to me it is the best (so far... were are the next ones?). After the second book I wasn't 100% sure whether I would like this, because it felt like the author just tried too much, but here I was hooked nearly from the start. The story was good, the characters are totally great (but kind of crazy) and I couldn't stop listening. Usually when crime stories are this long I get a little bored with it and wait on the outcome, not in this case. The tension kept building up and up.... and not because of twist and turns that were totally unlikely. If you liked the first two books in the series you just have to listen to this! Rose,Assad, Carl and the other characters from the first books get better and better...
"Just loved it"
Yes by far it was well read with thoughtfulness, humour and tragady
Everyone had their own individual personalities that were instantly recognisable and
I loved it, there were 10 or more characters all shone through with their own personalities, some loathed some loved, all delivered with the same care and attention
I just didnt want it to end. I listen to an audio book to and from work every day 3 hrs a day and I did not want the journeys to end
"Gripping and compelling"
The only criticism I have is to me really and my lack of knowledge over the places mentioned, which sort of took the edge off a little but not enough to spoil a good story.
"great story. could`nt put this one down."
great story. will keep you wanting more
the way it kept you wanting to shout to help them , you do realy get into it.
car chase ,was full of suspence
yes ,didnt want to turn off
i loved this book, took three days to listen to it, didnt want to turn off. great narration. was very nice to listen to.
I was really looking forward to this book and wasn't disappointed...a good solid storyline and a bit more in depth than the other Olsen books I've read. The regular characters come to life more than ever, and the other characters are dark and menacing. I Really didn't. want this book to end...Stephen Pacey does a great job of the narration...thoroughly recommended!
"This one's a Wow!"
I just reviewed another book where I said it was ok nothing about it made me wow! Having listened to all 3 Jussi Adler-Olsen books for me they are all a wow. The stories are unusual and I'm never completely sure how they're going to end until they do - which is great for me as I always feel that little bit of disappointment when I work out who, what, when way before the end.
Steven Pacey is in my top 3 narrators and he does a great job as usual.
"A real page turner"
Possibly one of the best audio books I have listened to. Working twelve hour shifts I could not put this book down. My first with this authour and will be looking at the other books
"It's Not Worth Reading This Review"
Honestly, no-one should listen to me in any way when I discuss the Department Q series of audiobooks. I seem to have completely lost my ability to think objectively about them because they seem that good to me. I don't think any other series in this genre has made me more tense for the victims or made me laugh out loud so much as Carl Morck and his crew of misfits have done!
It's a heady mix of cleverly thought out plot lines and rich characters which develop further with every installment. The fact that the lead is a laconic, tired guy disliked by most of his colleagues and is supported by two of the most unusual assistants in detective fiction makes for a wonderful chemistry. Assad and his sayings plus Rose and her moods are brought wonderfully to life by Pacey's superb narration with the long-suffering Morck caught in between! Carl's struggle to assert his authority is a continual source of amusement.
As I say, just don't pay attention to me about these books. To me they are simply perfect and I can't be trusted to review them sensibly :-)
"Very Good Story"
Another great book from Scandanavia - these authors are brilliant in their telling of a good story. This is another to add to the list - the story brings something different to the listener and amalgamates an old crime with a recent crime. The story surrounds a group of Jahova Witnesses and how they get trapped by a malicious member of their own religion, who has a traumatic past of his own. There is a lot of barbarity in this story and it is not overly softened in the telling which does involve children, so listener beware it is harsh. Steven Pacey tells the story well and is good with accenting the characters, each of who has their own personality and there are some damn funny moments amongst the banter. I would recommend this book, its well read, well written and will take you through a lot of emotions. Enjoy.
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