I love Scandinavian mysteries and thrillers. I find that the scenery and culture along with their descriptions about their governments and daily life..Show More » make for a fascinating background to a story. So when the mystery or characters are excellent, too, it is like the icing on the cake. If you enjoy books by Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo, Camilla Lackberg and Henning Mankell, you will love Jussi Adler-Olsen's first translated book.
Adler-Olsen has written such a compelling, but unique book, it is hard to compare to others, except for the obvious similaries with background. The main character, Carl Morck, of Copenhagen's homicide squad is transferred to a new "Department Q" that is responsible for investigating cold cases. Morck is a very flawed, but brilliant, criminal investigator. His personality would have held my interest, but every character introduced by Adler-Olsen was three dimensional and not stereotypical. My absolute favorite is the mysterious Syrian immigrant, Assad, that was hired as Morck's custodian in the basement facility. Assad turns out to have an incredible talent for memory and police procedure. I love the interactions between Morck and Assad -- just wonderful writing!
You will find the mystery is so different than any other you may have encountered, that I will let it develop for you. It builds and builds and grabs you in a very strong hold.
Like most Scandinivian writing, there is some melancholy and darkness that dictates the mood of the book. Carl's interactions with his seriously injured former partner will bring tears to your eyes. How do these wonderful authors get me so involved with their characters and stories. I just can't stop with this book. I look forward to reading the new book out by Adler-Olsen. My only worry is that Audible cannot translate his books as fast as I want to listen to them.
The narrator did a fantastic job with the accents, different characters, mood and speed of the story.
One of the best crime novels I have ever experienced. This can be favorably compared to the best of Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, John Sanford a..Show More »nd Henning Mankell. A powerful, emotional ending that will remain with me.
Into Withdrawal...Can't wait for the next Dept. Q!
Weirdly haunting. Carl Mørck is strangely intriguing. His dank character interplays with the grayness of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Denmark. He peers about t..Show More »he culture like a flashlight into murk collecting pieces for us to support his finely plotted tale. This is the second chapter in Merck's tale and ideally you should start with "The Keeper Of Lost Causes" to fill in the background - and enjoy an entirely different storyline. Warning... Merck's not for the squeamish... this is adult stuff, but stuffed into a satisfying treat.
Beginning to shudder now... waiting for the next Dept. Q investigation. Soon?
This is the Book "The Purity of Vengeance" Renamed
This has happened to me previously. Audible brings another narrator's version of the story online, changes the title for the North American audience, ..Show More »and I end up buying it, unaware that I have already listened to the novel. I am a bit torqued over this because now I have to go through the hassle of returning the book. I have purchased 1257 audio books and I want to be able to rely on Audible to get this stuff right the first time.
Buy the "Purity of Vengeance," narrated by Graeme Malcom…he is a much more compelling narrator.
This is a great series, I thoroughly enjoy the humor, the characters and of course the carefully crafted thrilling plots. Carl, cynical, sardonic and..Show More » 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!
This book has ALREADY been offered under the title The Marco Effect. The story is great, and I love this author. So I was very excited to see a new ..Show More »title!! But sadly, it is new in title alone. I was so disappointed. If you haven't heard book 5, then definitely get this. But if you're an Adler-Olsen fan just check that you haven't already purchased book 5. (This isn't the first time I've run into this so of thing with audio books.)
Adler-Olsen's done something here that few successful genre authors do. Without leaving the scheme of his epic Department Q epic, he's created a compl..Show More »ex cultural world to deftly explain an intriguing plot that whirls and twists like an Olympic high platform diver. And with equal daring. A story that ends with a last sentence that nails everything probably... completely probably. Graeme Malcolm has created the texture of the ensemble and leads it effortlessly through each snap and pop of this cerebral plot. It is the finest of the six Q novels I've read and a quantum leap beyond each of its predecessors.
Take care.... begin this journey with "The Purity of Vengeance" since "The Hanging Girl" does not stand sensibly alone. Take each step before this striking leap. I've not yet experienced a series author take such a sharp bound this far into a narrative. What a risk! What an achievement. This book will haunt me. It is among the best of the genre.