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Mercy (Department Q Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The new "it" boy of Nordic Noir ― The Times
Gripping story-telling ― Guardian
This pitch-black novel will have readers hungry for more ― Independent --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B004Y4WVDW
- Publisher : Penguin; Re-issue edition (12 May 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 829 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 516 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 7,543 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jussi Adler- Olsen thus gives us here a taut and thrilling tale. As Carl Mørck is given the task of heading up a new department, designated Q so he finds himself in the basement going over cold cases, whilst still suffering from an attack that he and some colleagues faced, with him being the only one physically unscathed to a certain degree. With a problem wife on top of this he isn’t exactly the soul of the party, or the best person to be around.
So we have a traditional type deeply flawed detective, but when he asks for some help so he finds himself being given Hafez el-Assad, a refugee, and apparently Syrian. And so they both begin to look at a case, that of a politician who suddenly disappeared on a ferry five years before.
We have two parallel stories running here in many ways, because as we read of the case being looked into, we also read of what happened to the woman who disappeared, what has happened since, and what ultimately triggered the disappearance. Coming at the tale like this it means that more suspense can be added, and that things don’t just get bogged down in the case and Carl’s personal life.
There is also an extra added frisson as we do not know really that much about Assad, his true origins or what he has done in the past, but we can see he is very capable and quite intelligent, although he does have a bit of a problem with the language.
In all then, the first tale in this series is a thrilling and nail-biting read that is sure to please many.
The storyline is original, well plotted and written in a style that flows at a pace, with some marvelous touches of wit and humour.
The two main characters have plenty to offer for future exploration and I'm so pleased that I prejudged the book by purchasing more in this series.
Another example of over- written modern crime fiction that needs better editing and sharper storytelling. This looks like it could be a very disappointing series of crime novels based on the series opener.