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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Narrated so well. Even though some of the names are unfamiliar the characters all have their own accent.
Carl, Assad and Rose come to the rescue again in this clever thriller involving religious cults who keep themselves to themselves. So when a serial pyscho-path with a disturbed past is about, its difficult to track him down as the communities do not want to involve others, especially the police in their plight.
I have enjoyed the department Q books although I have found Steven Pacey's Danish pronunciation a little odd, and his regional English accents even stranger for these Danish characters.
I did like this story. Merc and the gang at it again. I wish the endings would vary but I can't be a spoiler and ruin it.
"Looked forward to car journeys to keep listening."
Steven Pacey's narration of Department Q books brings all the characters to life, enhancing the quality of the writing and bringing out the humour within otherwise gripping crime novels.
"Slightly Bloated Third Department Q Book."
I like the format of Adler-Olsen's Dept Q books. Where the listener follows an historical crime up to the present day, whilst also following the police investigation into the crime. The first two in the series were great. Tight and lean. Unfortunately although the third book is good, it is a little bloated. The side stories dealing with his relationship and quirky family are a distraction from an otherwise great story. The Rose/Ursa subplot was just silly.
I will keep listening to the books. I love the interaction between Assad and Morck and the Assad storyline is easily most interesting subplot.
Pacey is a great narrator. His only tick which I've mentioned is his pronunciation of grimace. He griMAYCES as I griMISS! Daft but it takes me out of the story!
A good edition to the Department Q but it definitely wouldn't have missed a 100 pages/an hour edited from it. Some of the sub plots proved to be just annoying distractions from an otherwise great thriller.
"Another excellent book in the Department Q series"
I have only just discovered this author and am thoroughly enjoying the Department Q books. They are gripping, interesting and witty. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
"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!
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