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
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"Was it meant to be funny?"
I downloaded this based on the high ratings and the fact that it was a crime thriller, which I like. Being a big fan of Jo Nesbo and Stig Larson, I assumed it would be another of that type. The story is excellent and the plot well thought-out, but what ruins the book is the general 'brevity' of the dialogue between the police characters and in the inward thoughts of the main police character. Literally 85% of the non-plot related story was written in an attempt to be funny. I say attempt, because it wasn't funny at all. Perhaps this was a case of lost in translation. The plot deserved the gavitas in general dialogue that authors such as Jo Nesbo or Micheal Connolly would have given to this subject matter. Perhaps is was meant to be funny, but that seems at odds with the plot. Comedy crime thrillers can work as in the case of the Rivers of London series, but for me this didn't. The narrator did a good job with a dodgy 'script'.
"Another great listen in the Deot Q series"
Great series of crime drama.
Slightly on the macabre side but a good engaging story line. Believable characters brought to life by the expert narration of Steven Pacey. This man has a true gift of differentiating between all the characters by using a distinctly different voice for each.
A little humour is interjected to lighten the mood on occasion – very well put across without detracting from the story
I love the style of keeping two stories running at the same time. An excellent translation as well as a topping narration.
I have to say I like Karl, even though he is a grumpy old man. And he REALLY needs to stop smoking !!
Steven Pacey has Assad down to a tee, or should that be tea? I love all of his different voices and accents, he keeps the whole book alive from front to back.
The story is grim at the best of times, and i hate it when our heros or heroines get hurt. I don't laugh or cry, i wince !
After having bought book 5 by pure chance in America, i was so smitten with Jussi Adler Olsen's writing that i had to start from the beginning. Although it is not essential to read the books in order, it is fun to pick up on little pieces of progress from the previous reads. I am hooked!
The only hang up with this series is the choice of English accents and dialect instead of Danish ones. Otherwise great stuff.
I love everything about this series of books but this was just absolutely riveting. I found myself doing housework for longer just so I could carry on listening. Assad is my new hero!
"New convert to Adler-Olsen"
I'm quite new to crime and I think Adler-Olsen is the perfect intro to this genre.
Very well read, a great range of voices.
Quite a few!
Didn't want to put any of them down and read them one after the other.
"The Psycho Rating Gets Higher"
Not surprisingly this story is very similar in how the plot works to the previous two books in the series. The nature of the villains in all the books is VERY psychopathic but almost seems to be cranking up a bit as the series goes on. I don't know where they can take it next.
I am still enjoying the slow fleshing out of the main characters but I would not mind if it was faster. Sometimes the stereotyping of minor characters jars, and the dialogue of the major characters falls into banality without any real relieving humour, but it is all good enough just now and I will keep listening.
Plot is fairly obvious. Attempts at humour are not funny. Overall a very lightly entertaining listen provided you don't have too high an expectation.
"Karl Merck does it again!"
Can't wait for more from Karl and his trusty sidekicks. Exceptionally well written and performed.
Exciting, well written story. Made me laugh too. Great characters. A little long perhaps but edge of seat stuff. Lol
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