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The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Disgrace, the second instalment from Scandinavia’s new best-selling crime writing sensation. Read by the actor Steven Pacey.

Kimmie’s home is on the streets of Copenhagen. To live she must steal. She has learned to avoid the police and never to stay in one place for long. But now others are trying to find her. And they won’t rest until she has stopped moving - for good.

Detective Carl of Department Q, the cold cases division, has received a file concerning the brutal murder of a brother and sister 20 years earlier. A group of boarding school students were the suspects at the time - until one of their numbers confessed and was convicted. So why is the file of a closed case on Carl’s desk? Who put it there? Who believes the case is not solved?

A police detective wants to talk to Kimmie and someone else is asking questions about her. They know she carries secrets certain powerful people want to stay buried deep. But Kimmie has one of her own. It’s the biggest secret of them all. And she can’t wait to share it with them….

©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Hilary
  • 10-21-12

Completely hooked!

Not quite as dark as Mankell, not quite as horrific or convoluted as Larsson, yet as gripping as either and with superbly rounded characters who leave you wanting to read more. I read 'Mercy' first, which led me to read this; this one stands alone, though you'll have a better insight into the members of Department Q if you start with 'Mercy'.



Unusually, and quite unlike 'Mercy', we know the identity of the criminals from very early on. This in no way detracts from the suspense, and this was one of those audio books which led me to be late for things as I had to keep reading. I was completely hooked, and am waiting for Audible to bring us the next two titles involving Department Q asap!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Louise
  • 09-15-12

Brilliant...what a treat!

I loved this book.....it's brilliantly written and narrated. This was my first Jussi Adler Olsen experience and was a random pick... I will definitely be downloading Mercy and hoping it's as good. The plot is gripping and in depth with some unexpected twists and turns and typical Nordic darkness. However the book is more than just the plot.... the Department Q characters are brought to life. I love Carl and Assad and their relationship with the mad Rose...this really draws you in and makes you want to read the rest of the series. If you like dark, hard hitting nordic thrillers then this is for you. For me this is up there with Jo Nesbo (who is my favourite) I literally couldn't put it down and was straight on the internet to find out which other books are available in English..Great book for those of us who like grittier, dark crime novels!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • GORDON
  • 11-13-12

dead, dead good

like "Mercy", this is an exciting, entertaining listen, augmented by the superb narration of steven pacey. it's a good, long book, but it holds your interest as the different events unfold and teeth are gritted when hearing of the various offences committed. and it all stacks up. there's no point where i thought "what?! that's just ridiculous!"



recommended.



note: my only frustration is that the next book is only available in swedish.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 09-09-15

A Unique Combination

This series really is something special. Books that can both make me laugh and keep in genuine suspense are few and far between. And yet Jussi Adler Olsen achieves both in strong measures with his well crafted plots and finely detailed characters. Sure you will find detective story cliches in here, the disaffected central character, the bosses that are more hindrance than help and so on but Olsen surrounds his man with characters that challenge his thinking on almost every level,

Pacey is a great choice as narrator and delivers with considerable panache making this one of my favourite Audible series to date!

One note, this is the second of the series and while it could stand alone I am sure it is worth reading these in order to get the best out of the characters..

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  • AReader
  • 02-05-14

Shocking but gripping

I couldn't stop listening to this. The plot has some very distasteful elements but what do you expect in a novel based around a homicide detective? Murder is always going to be the tip of an unpleasant iceberg.

I think the narration is excellent. The characters are all individually voiced (although this entails giving them different UK regional accents, each one is convincing, to me at least as a Londoner).

I assume this is translated and if so the translation is excellent too.

I shall certainly buy the other books by this author and look for other narrations by Stephen Pacey.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcus
  • 02-02-14

Jussi is the master of Scandanavian crime

Where does Disgrace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The three novels by Jussi alder Olsen are amongst the best I have listened to. The narration is perfect and I have looked eleswhere to find Mr Paceys work after listening to these novels. I await the 4th in the series at the end of Feb.

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  • MISS
  • 01-22-14

Great performance of an enjoyable story

Would you consider the audio edition of Disgrace to be better than the print version?

I haven't read it, but I very much enjoyed the audio and I can quite imagine that the narrator would have made it better than the printed version as his performance of the different characters added depth to the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Disgrace?

Various points provided twists that I didn't see coming and the story was well thought out and progressed at a good speed throughout.

Any additional comments?

Would recommend this book, although there were a couple of places that were a little slower, I did very much enjoy this book and will definitely be getting the next from this author.

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  • Carrie
  • 01-07-14

Excellent trilogy - loved this!

I stumbled upon the Jussi Adler-Olsen books via one of the audible sales - it was a bargain, so I thought it was worth a try. And what a good decision that was!

Disgrace is the second book of the series - although they stand alone if you decide to read them out of order. The main characters from Department Q are well developed - portrayed with an element of humour which worked well. And the plot really keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Highly recommended!

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  • S
  • 01-14-13

Enjoyable

Enjoyed this story but a little difficult to follow at times mainly due to the unfamiliar names . But characters interesting with an unpredictable ending

I am probably being a bit stingy at 3 stars finding nothing much competes with

Michael robotham !

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  • Kirstine
  • 10-01-14

Takes too long to make sense

This is the second in a series involving Detective Carl of Department Q, the latter devoted to cold cases. I would have found this book even more confusing if I hadn’t recently listened to book 1, Mercy. This second book is not as gripping and has so many characters with unfamiliar names inhabiting locations I couldn’t remember that, until well into the book, I really had little idea what it was all about. We know who are the guilty parties from the start but their tracking down wasn’t a gripping story until the very end of the book when there is the seemingly obligatory chase with the outcome on a knife-edge.

The most memorable character is Carl’s ‘assistant’ Assad, a refugee from Iraq and ostensibly a general factotum in the department but he has many talents, a great nose for detective work and whose philosophy of life and use of the Danish language injects some light-relief in an otherwise grim narrative. The main women in this book are caricatures: a shrewish women detective, a psychopathic, nymphomaniac murderess and a drug-sodden prostitute. The bad men are grotesquely bad.

There’s too much over-the-top violence and cruelty for my taste. I like detective fiction but prefer it to be cleverly plotted with forensic investigations, psychological insights and at least some well-rounded characters that one can relate to. Features largely lacking in this book.

The book improved in the last third, but I still got confused as to who was whom among the blood-thirsty, ex-boarding school co-conspirators.

Steven Pacey is one of the best narrators and has a pleasing and versatile voice.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracey
  • 03-20-16

More of what we love!

What made the experience of listening to Disgrace the most enjoyable?

The narrator is pure genius. Love it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The two main leads are my favourites, although a newcomer who was annoying at first is starting to warm on me as well. The detective and his awesome sidekick. What a pair. Their personalities balance each other out perfectly.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where Karl comes home and thinks there's a party happening but his step-son and lodger have set up a surround sound system.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh in several places due to Karl's dry wit, made me smile at Assad's comments

Any additional comments?

Excellently written, a bit gory, but I listen because I'm now attached to the main characters. I'm looking forward to hearing the whole series.

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  • Susan
  • 10-20-17

Fab read

I love detective, crime and thrillers. But this one is different, s slightly quirky and more interesting story. The narrator is perfect for the style. The characters are easy to know and develop an affinity with. Great read!

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  • Chantelle
  • 09-17-17

Very graffic rapes

I enjoyed the first book but the graffic rapes and bad language in this one were too much for me. I returned the book