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Disgrace (Department Q Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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 Mørck of Department Q, the cold cases division, has received a file concerning the brutal murder of a brother and sister twenty years earlier. A group of boarding-school students were the suspects at the time - until one of their number 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?
Carl wants to talk to Kimmie, but 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 . . .
Disgrace is the terrifying new episode in the Department Q series. The first, Mercy, was a No. 1 international bestseller.
Praise for Mercy:
'The new "it" boy of Nordic Noir' TheTimes
'Gripping story-telling' Guardian
'This pitch-black novel will have readers hungry for more' Independent
Gripping story-telling ― Guardian
This pitch-black novel will have readers hungry for more ― Independent --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B007ZBL664
- Publisher : Penguin (21 June 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 1691 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 533 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 41,184 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The thing that really surprises me about this author is that he is not as well known or popular as Stieg Larsson. This series really is so terribly good! If you have not read one of these books pick. up a copy of The Keeper of Lost Causes also known as Mercy and read it.
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Atmosphere and characterisation are also notable strengths of this story. Carl, Assad and Rose are three very different individuals, but who together create a formidable team. You slowly learn about their personal lives as well as their backstories that helped shape their personalities and behaviour. Likewise, the criminals are evil personified and some of their thoughts and acts are really horrific. I was particularly impressed by the way Jussi Alder-Olsen portrays, ‘Kimmie’, a key character in the story; he toys with your emotions as he slowly unveils her back story. As for atmosphere, you can easily visualise many of the locations described in the novel, be they the tiny cramped area that houses the cold case unit or the various houses, buildings, etc. where much of the action occurs.
However, as I read the story, I found myself wondering if this novel was also a thinly disguised satirical comment about policing in Denmark circa 2012 (when the book was first published). The humour is very dark and irreverent & some of the crimes quite preposterous. For example, Carl and his team exist because the local police division receives a considerable sum of money from Government to have such a department. However the local police chief wants to use the funding for other projects so to keep costs down he places Carl, Assad and Rose in a minute area within the basement of police HQ. Furthermore, the senior brass appear to do everything in their power to thwart any progress that Carl or his team make with their investigations and appear to resent his past successes. The plot is just a little too far fetched to be taken seriously (e.g having five psychopathic individuals who have known each other since their time at boarding school twenty or so years earlier; three of whom became successful business leaders and accepted members of the elite in society). Finally, by today's standards, the politically incorrect way in which Assad and Rose are portrayed and some of the dialogue that takes place between them had me cringing with shock and embarrassment.
While ‘Disgrace’ is the second novel in the series that features Carl Morck, it can easily be read as a stand-alone story. So if you enjoy crime thrillers that are atmospheric, with a remarkable cast of characters and a gripping, if somewhat gruesome plot, then I think you will like this dark, thrilling story. As for me, I have already started reading the next book in the series!
I think it is a shame because the book would have been such a good read if it had been translated professionally. As it is the poor translations makes for a stumbling read, and in some cases even incomprehensible, as the translation simply makes no sense. I Do not know if all the other books are equally poorly translated (will make sure to check the reviews before purchasing) but if they are I will certainly not bother to buy any of them.
As Carl Mørck returns from a break so he finds a file on his desk, but as soon becomes apparent, the case is supposedly solved and a person confessing to the crime is already behind bars. With his assistant Hafez el-Assad so not only do they have to find out why the file has suddenly appeared and who placed it there, but also apparently have to solve a case that is officially already solved.
Jussi Adler- Olsen thus gives us here a taut and thrilling tale where Department Q comes up against opposition from powerful people. With political levering at high levels and people obviously keeping quiet about certain crimes there is something odd going on, and Carl finds himself being threatened, as well as being ordered to drop the case. With a new secretary foisted on him he still doesn’t seem to know that much about Assad and neither do we.
Although you can read this as a standalone novel it does obviously help if you have read the first as it will make you more familiar with not only Carl and Assad but other characters in the police force. What I like here is how we have their investigation running concurrently with what their opponents are doing and flashbacks to the past. And as we soon see everyone is looking for Kirsten-Marie Lassen aka Kimmie.
Far from squeaky clean Kimmie is just as vicious as other characters here, but we see why she has become so, and so you do feel sympathy for someone who although bad isn’t quite like the others she had hung around with in the past.
In all this makes for an exciting and gripping read that certainly held me gripped, and hopefully others as well.
His books are so good that he should be on a higher pedestal, up there with the Scandinavian best, although what I suspects keeps him down is the weak humour that pervades his novels. He insists on injecting comic turns into his eclectic characters, and clearly feels improves this his books. It doesn't.
If you read this Jussi, please just write the first rate thrillers that you are capable of, and forget trying to make us all split our sides with laughter at the foolish and completely unbelievable antics of the people you write about.