International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences.
In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.
More than twenty years later, Detective Carl Mørck already has plenty on his mind when he is presented with the case of a brothel owner, a woman named Rita, who went missing in the eighties: New evidence has emerged in the case that destroyed the lives of his two partners - the case that sent Carl to Department Q.
But when Carl's assistants, Assad and Rose, learn that numerous other people disappeared around the same weekend as Rita, Carl takes notice. As they sift through the disappearances, they get closer and closer to Curt Wad, who is more determined than ever to see the vision of his youth take hold and whose brutal treatment of Nete and others like her is only one small part of his capacity for evil.
With The Purity of Vengeance, Jussi Adler-Olsen delivers a thrilling and shocking addition to his best-selling Department Q series.
©2013 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2013 Penguin Audio
"Adler-Olsen merges story lines...with ingenious aplomb, effortlessly mixing hilarities with horrors...This crime fiction tour de force could only have been devised by an author who can even turn stomach flu into a belly laugh." (Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review)
"Another accomplished exercise in three-decker suspense" (Kirkus Reviews)
"…this installment of the Department Q series excels in audio and literary talent." (AudioFile)
This is a great series, I thoroughly enjoy the humor, the characters and of course the carefully crafted thrilling plots. Carl, cynical, sardonic and oh so human, the mysterious and totally lovable Assad, loopy Rose and her alter egos, tortured Hardy and all the regular cast are here … and they dive into the ugly and shocking world of eugenics - past and present. Yes about two thirds of the way through the foreshadowing of 'whodunnit' is there - but that does not take anything away from the story. I can hardly wait for the next time we visit Carl et al - because Adler-olsen makes you care about them all!
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
More Department Q, full of flawed characters like myself. Very interesting combination of mystery/thriller with elements humor. I refer to the series as a darker Danish Barney Miller. Looking forward to the next installment from Adler Olsen.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
Revenge is a personal favorite in mystery novels. The abuses this particular woman suffered through had me crying out for justice. But unlike many revenge stories this one has some real twists that makes for an emotional roller coaster throughout the novel.
Department Q is simply great entertainment. Carl Mork and Assad have a charisma and synergy that makes you want see them go at it for years to come. I've yet to find anyone close to Nesbo's Harry Hole series, but Department Q is still a 5 star listen in my book.rr
I love the play between Carl and Assad, Rosa, Ursa. Lots of humor along with the mystery to be solved.
Narrator is excellent, his reading makes the characters come alive.
Laughed a lot especially at the stuff Assad comes up with.
Have listened to all available audio Q Department books, can't wait for another one.
Not near as engaging as the previous books in the series. Characters did not develop into someone you cared about one way or the other.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
If you like mystery/thrillers this is quite a good series. In my reviews I compare it to the Harry Hole series (John Nesbo). I actually think the writing is much better than many American popular novels in this genre such as Harlan Coben. Again. it is slightly dark as most of these Norwegian/Danish novels are. So if you like John Nesbo, Or Girl with Dragon Tattoo series you will most likely like this. You don't have to listen to series in order, but it is easier if you do so.
Nothing like a good read.....(or listen!).
All three, Carl, Assad and Rose have to be some of the most memorable characters in Detective Fiction.
A very complex plot, and in a mild criticism, some of the plot details and descriptions are above and beyond, especially with the evil characters and plot lines….as indeed in the former Dept Q books, but the scenes with Carl, Assad and Rose more than make up, they are dark, funny, and very entertaining.
"Dept Q" better than most detective series of the day. The lead character, indeed all of the series characters are developing nicely. I would recommend that anyone starting the series' begin with what I think is the first translation "The Keeper of Lost Causes". Very enjoyable.
Original, complex but also funny
The flashbacks to the 1980s when a group of right wing eugenicists imprisoned and operated upon so-called "fallen" women are disturbing and well written.
Also, the quirky relationship between the Danish Inspector and his Syrian assistant, Hafez al Assad (the name of the previous Syrian president!) is weird, funny, and an extremely important part of the investigative process.
His tone and his capacity to shift voices among different males and females make for a lovely listening experience.
It's too long for that but it's certainly thrilling enough to want to gobble it up in one sitting.
I think Jussi Adler-Olsen is proving to be a better writer with each new novel.
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