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New York Times and internationally best-selling author Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with the sixth book in his exhilarating Department Q series, featuring Detective Carl Mørck and his enigmatic assistants, Assad and Rose.

In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant, Rose, more furious than usual. Carl has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious 17-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree. The investigation will take them from the remote island of Bornholm to a strange sun-worshipping cult, where Carl, Assad, Rose, and newcomer Gordon attempt to stop a string of new murders and a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything - or anyone - get in the way.

©2015 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 11-21-16

Gasp! This is marvelous!

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 complex 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.

GASP!

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Department Q and a Great Mystery! You cant top it!

The Department Q series is the most entertaining of any of the detective series on Audible. I still hold Nesbo's Hole series as the absolute best, but for fun, humor,and great mysteries Department Q is spectacular.

Department Q was created by parliament to reopen and solve cold cases. However the police force used it as an opportunity to bury Carl Morck, a very talented, but equally obnoxious, narcissistic detective by having him head the department. They place him in a basement with almost complete anonymity, along with two or three mysterious outcasts. Rose is his antisocial, overbearing office manager/detective. Ahmad is his mysterious Syrian sidekick who has a weak grasp of the language, a mysterious background Carl has never been able to discover, and yet he has made himself indispensable To Department Q.

The dialogue is quick and sharp, packed with subtle humor. This where the talents of narrator Graehem Malcom are best suited. I cant think of a better performance anywhere.

The Hanging Girl is an intriguing mystery, a hugely entertaining addition to a remarkable series.

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Never wanted the book to end!

When I first began reading this series, I didn't much like Carl Mørck. But as he's evolved, I've grown to understand him and even like him. He's a curmudgeon for sure, but beneath the prickliness, he will do the right thing. Over the course of the series, the main characters have become very real to me. I find the prickly relationships with one another to be very realistic. Also, there is a subtle humor that often surprises me since the books are so serious. I occasionally have to rewind (can you do that anymore? Perhaps I should say "skip back") and listen to something again to make sure I caught it. The subject matter, a kind of exploration of spirituality and evolution of religions and religous figures was interesting and I found myself reading up on it outside of the book for context. So, I hadn't intended to learn anything but ultimately I did :-). Finally, the book's ending was a surprise to me. Now, I cannot wait for the next book in the series!!

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Different kind of crime detective fiction

What an enjoyable ride! A twenty year old crime is brought to the attention of Department Q. I have to say this is my favorite in the series. The characters are very engaging and their relationship to each other is explored in greater depth than in earlier books. The story kept me guessing till the end with many unexpected twists. The narrator has a great style. Highly recommended if you like this genre.

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An Excellent Listening Experience

I love the Department Q series. Admittedly, some stories are better than others, but this one was excellent and worthy of the 15+ hour length. The main enjoyment for me are the main characters - Carl, Assad, Rose and Gordon. They diligently investigate and still crack me up. One of my favorite quotes by Assad in this book -- "She screams like a camel that ate sand."

If you are new to the series, start with the excellent debut story titled "The Keeper of Lost Causes." If you already enjoy this series, you will be pleased with this story.

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High Quality Crime Writing

Roes and Assad quietly go about the business of doing most of the work of crime solving, even as Carl tries to nap. He gets interrupted repeatedly with complaints from his two assistants, but ultimately, they work together like well-oiled cogs.

This series is just brilliant in it's detail and character development- each installment is just as good as the last. Although this could be a stand alone novel, and the same for the others, the enjoyment is expanded greatly if starting at the beginning and reading each in order. Best to know the little quirks and backstories for each of the Dept Q characters,

Adler-Olsen has hit upon a winning series!

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Department Q Does It Again

Another wonderful edition to the series... I can't imagine any discerning mystery fan not enjoying these books thoroughly... Carl, Assad, and Rose once again do the Don Quixote thing w/ yet another cold case having fallen by the way side... The coming together of timelines is once again done w/ a masterful touch, and the mystery itself is insinuating and tricky... I love Assad's malapropisms, as entertaining as usual... We get some tantalizing hints to the back story of all characters, opening up some interesting happenings in the next book... The story starts a bit slow, but once it gets its feet its off and running... The ending is superb and keeps fooling for the last several chapters... Just when you're sure you have it figured out your wrong once again... The narration is excellent and utterly professional... Absolutely worth the credit!!! This book can stand on its own, but certainly more enjoyable if you've read the predecessors, if for no other reason than to become even more emotionally invested in Carl, Assad, and Rose...

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  • Rollin
  • Cholula, Mexico
  • 10-04-15

Adler-Olsen surpasses himself

Would you listen to The Hanging Girl again? Why?

There are two plots with different characters that slowly come together. Extremely interesting and well woven.

Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

There are several. As always, Inspector Kurt is outstanding and his Syrian assistant, Assad, is very insightful and funny.

Any additional comments?

If you like this series, don't hesitate to read this book

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Q Q Q, yes, yes!

I surely hope this is not the end of Dept. Q. I have a great fondness for all the characters, and after listening to the first minutes of this newest story, I suddenly realized how much I had missed them. Often after two or three books is a series, I become bored or disenchanted with the main characters, but not so with Dept. Q! Still eager for more!

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  • Rena
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • 09-14-15

Best series ever

Rare is it to find a mystery that makes you laugh out loud early and often, maintains suspense, has characters who are as colorful as they are anti- heroic, and gives you a birds eye view of a subculture in another country that also exists in your own. I cannot wait for the next Department Q. I hope Adler-Olsen keeps writing them for years to come.

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