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Victim 2117: Department Q8: The most terrifying and personal case yet Kindle Edition
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In the heart-pounding new installment of the No.1 bestselling Department Q series, a terrifying international investigation reveals the complex backstory of one of the department's own - the enigmatic Assad.
The newspaper refers to the dead body only as Victim 2117 - the two thousand, one hundred and seventeenth refugee to die in the Mediterranean Sea.
But to three people, the victim is so much more, and the death sets off a chain of events that throws Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division led by Detective Carl Mørck, into a deeply dangerous - and deeply personal - case: a case that not only reveals dark secrets about the past, but has deadly implications for the future.
For a troubled Danish teen, the death of Victim 2117 becomes a symbol of everything he resents and is the perfect excuse to unleash his murderous impulses. For Ghallib, a brutal tormentor from the notorious prison Abu Ghraib, the death of Victim 2117 was the first step in a terrorist plot, years in the making. And for Department Q's Assad, Victim 2117 is a link to his buried past and to the family he assumed was long dead.
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Carl and Gordon were preoccupied with a young guy calling into the station threating to kill his parents, he would then continue his killing spree with other random people. It was very unusual when he said he was going to wait until he reached the level of 2217 on his game before he started to kill. Assad relives his nightmare from Iraq and a monster that he had meet by the name of Ghaalib. Now 16 years later Ghaalib has resurfaced and it now looks like he’s trying to track Assad down. Up until now Assad had kept his past from those around him, however with Ghaalib being such a threat Assad felt compelled to tell his friends and colleagues about where he came from and what happened to him in the past. Freelance Journalist Joan Aiguader was down and out, and his life wasn’t looking too good until he stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. Sure, he may have wanted a fulltime job out of this, and it really was a great story however he may not have realised how dangerous it was going to be. This is certainly a book that I would strongly recommend. 5/5 Star Rating.
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Starting with a Spanish freelance journalist whose life is falling apart, so he thinks he may have found the ideal story, when the 2117th victim of escaping immigrants is found. Reporting how this poor woman has been found floating in the sea at Ayia Napa and subsequently washing up on the beach after seemingly drowning trying to escape from Syria, so it soon transpires that she has actually been murdered. As the journalist is tasked with finding out more, so he comes close to what is going to happen.
For Assad, so when he sees the photo of the woman, his past comes back with a bang, as he knows that a message is being sent to him. And in Denmark, a young unstable male starts to envision how he will unleash violence in memory to the dead woman. Here then we are thrust back into the world of Denmark’s Department Q, two years after the last novel ended, and thus we see how the main characters have been coping with the fallout of that investigation. For Rose the period has not been great, but could helping Assad bring her out of her self-imposed isolation?
With lots of action, as Carl and Assad end up in Germany, so they are on the hunt for a very dangerous man, one who is intent on reaping his revenge on Assad, whilst also creating a devastating terrorist act. What I enjoyed about this book apart from the stomping good story is that it reminds us that we are always vulnerable to terrorist attacks, because there will never be enough manpower to follow up every lead, and also people who are unknown to the police and intelligent services can always emerge from out of the woodwork. Reminding us all how dangerous life can be at times, perhaps some will think about their actions in this present time of lockdown. After all we have people intentionally breaking lockdown and spreading a very contagious virus which can be seen as an act of terrorism in itself, after all we are all fully ware of what can happen, and the amount of people who can die.
In all then this is another great addition to this series, and with a message that some more information may have come alight over the original case that caused Karl’s being placed in the department, so there is an opening for another novel. Expect a fast-paced tale here, with action and excitement, as well as manipulation and cat and mouse games.
If you have never read any of the previous novels then I expect you will find this a really good thriller. There are two different crimes for the members of Department Q to investigate, both relating to terrorism, but I feel the story line that features Assad is the stronger, and more engaging, of the two.
There are a range of different themes covered in the novel, including the risks to society brought about by threatened terrorist activities, the potential behavioural and psychological impact that 'shoot 'em up' computer games may have on young impressionable people, and coping with post traumatic stress disorders brought about through the brutality of human behaviour in times of conflict (to mention just three). All these themes are handled well and as a result, the plot is certainly full of tension and menace.
There are also a number of riveting, page-turning action scenes that can keep you reading for far longer than you probably intend.
But if you have read the earlier books in the series then you may find this one differs slightly from the previous novels. It strikes me that there is less humour in this novel and there are more 'action' scenes than in the previous books. In addition, while we finally learn about Assad's back story, some of the other on-going threads that have run through most of the novels hardly feature in this novel (e.g. Hardy's backstory and his continuing slow recovery from the terrible injuries he sustained in an earlier investigation with Carl). And while Assad's back story is fascinating and very engaging, I found the second story-line featuring Rose and Gordon less engaging.
So overall, while I enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it as a crime thriller, I feel some of the earlier books in the series were slightly better ... so it is a shame I cannot rate it 4.5 stars out of five as I feel that would best reflect my rating of this story.