Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian crime thriller.
1987. Nete Rosen thought she'd put her traumatic youth behind her. Her caring foster parents and loving husband helped her start again. However, when a man from her past reappears one night, Nete's new life could be shattered. But she won't be drawn back into that nightmare - she won't be a victim again...
2010. Detective Carl M'rck from Copenhagen's cold case division is looking into the disappearance of Rita Nielsen, an escort agency owner. The investigation reveals that Rita is only one piece of the puzzle. Because this is not a one-off incident - but part of a disturbing pattern which has been hidden from prying eyes for over twenty years...
Jussi Adler-Olsen was born in Copenhagen and worked as a magazine editor and publisher before starting to write fiction. Mercy and Disgrace are the first two in currently four novels in the Department Q series. He holds the prestigious Glass Key Award, given annually for a crime novel by a Scandinavian author, and is also winner of the Golden Laurels, Denmark's highest literary accolade.
©2014 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
"Gripping storytelling" (Guardian)
"Engrossing" (Sunday Express)
"As impressive as it is unnerving" (Independent)
We've now listened to all four of the Department Q stories and enjoyed them all. Adler-Olsen just gets better and better, and Pacey is such a wonderful reader. It still tickles me that all these Danes have regional English accents!
The story lines are quite gruesome and contorted at times, but it is the development of the stable characters - Karl, Assad and Rose/Ursa - that I have loved the most. Assad remains a mystery and some of his adages are quite hilarious, especially in the way that Pacey tells it! To find yourself laughing in the midst of a series of terrible unsolved crimes is bizarre, but laugh we did - it just makes Assad more loveable - they're all loveable in their own unique, weird ways.
Adler-Olsen weaves a clever tale, with plenty of psychological background of the perpetrators of the crimes to make their actions understandable, albeit inexcusable. However, the development of the main characters that go from book to book, is endearing. You're left wondering about their psychological backgrounds and wanting more information, which he metes out in piecemeal fashion to keep you wanting more - clever! I can't wait for the next book and I hope that Steven Pacey continues to read the story to us. Together they make a brilliant combination! When is the next one coming out????
As the uniques characters develop in this series, the cold cases that are undertaken by Department Q are intriguing, suspenseful and well narrated stories.
"This is the Book "The Purity of Vengeance" Renamed"
This has happened to me previously. Audible brings another narrator's version of the story online, changes the title for the North American audience, and I end up buying it, unaware that I have already listened to the novel. I am a bit torqued over this because now I have to go through the hassle of returning the book. I have purchased 1257 audio books and I want to be able to rely on Audible to get this stuff right the first time.
Buy the "Purity of Vengeance," narrated by Graeme Malcom…he is a much more compelling narrator.
"Same book as Purity of Vengeance, just renamed!"
I didn't buy "The Purity of Vengeance" on Amazon.uk. I bought it here, I was thrilled when I saw a new book in the Dept Q series... didn't need to read the summary, just bought it. Then as I got ready to download it, I read the the synopsis and thought it sounded awfully familiar! There should be something in Audible's database that detects a purchase like this. Yes, I was able to return it, but why waste my time?!
Um ... The Purity of Vengeance!
I think my feelings are obvious at this point!
"I've heard this and once was enough."
Audible - you don't have to include my rating. I'm using this as a way to ask for $ back. I couldn't sleep last night and needed a book to listen to. This seemed to be brand new but as soon as it started I realized that I had heard it before, that I didn't want to hear it again, and in no event was it a good book to use to help with sleep! In the past I think I've been told by my library when I try to buy a book I've already got. I think there have been problems with the name of this one. Thanks, Brian Burke
I'm really enjoying this series. Unusual characters, humour and mystery - what more could you ask for.
Beware of title changes. This Book is presently being offered as The Purity of Vengance
"Lacked the Usual OOMP"
Not sure what didn't work on this book--reader? plot? I love Jussi-Olsen series and the fine characters....but this one --well, it was disappointing. I hope next is better.
"Scandi crime - gritty and intelligent"
No. I believe different formats each have their own characteristics. Having said that, I don't actually have the print version.
One advantage for me of the audio edition is that I don't trip over the pronunciations of the unfamiliar names. The disadvantage being that I have no idea how to spell them!
This is the fourth 'Department Q' series novel and I've listened to all the others too. Obviously this one compares to the preceding three. In addition, I had a niggling feeling most of the way through this book that it's rather too similar in concept to 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' - disadvantaged girl has bad start in life and is badly let down by authority figures who should actually be helping her.
I enjoyed the whole book.
Yes. Very close to the end the doctor is told to introduce himself properly to the lady next to him. The realisation of the lady's identity I found particularly moving. Not from the narrative, but from what I as the reader could infer and emote from all I'd learned before.
Apologies, that sounds rather cryptic but I don't want to give anything away!
One of the aspects I am drawn to with this series is that each book has its own case, completed within the book. But running through all the books is the aftermath and continuation of a different case which happened prior to the start of the first book. I want to keep reading the books so I find out how it resolves!
I'm also a little bit in love with the quirkiness of the three main characters, Mørk, Assad and Rose, as well as the secondary characters of Mørk's household, ex-wife, and girlfriend.
I enjoy the scandi crime genre and the fact that the author is very clever in the way he weaves the various elements of the story together.
Just one final point - I'd strongly recommend you read this series in order. It'll make far more sense if you do.
Having read the other 3 Department Q books I was really waiting for this one and I wasn't disappointed it was just as good as the other 3.
The same well thought out plot the same dry wit.. the same excellent narration by Steven Pacey but I'm going to be picky here... having your main characters begin the book with a cold which brings with it a dodgy tummy o.o and lasts the entire book may work in print but as an audio-book not so much!
"Great stuff yet again."
The Purity of Vengeance issue on audible.com aside, this is a superb story, expertly read.
The balance of humour and honest to God tragedy is extremely well done. The core subject matter exposes the brutality and narrow minded self serving attitudes of a long gone time. That is to say, I sincerely hope those attitudes have no grounding anywhere on earth any more.
If you've enjoyed his previous dept Q books, I'm sure you'll love this. If you haven't had the pleasure of any of them, crack on!
"Absolutely love Jussi Adler Olsen"
I listen to all the series again which very rarely happens with me.
This author is wonderful. Probably my favourite crime writer at present. I thoroughly enjoy the characters, the story lines and whilst sometimes slightly unbelievable the entertainment value and narration make up for it. I think Steven Pacey is an excellent narrator and rate him as one of the best
"Love these books"
I've just listened to the four Dept Q books all in a row and now I'm finished I feel desolate. I'm really going to miss Carl, Assad and Rose. The stories are brilliantly developed, the characterisation is excellent and the narrator is superb.
What can I say? Olsen's gritty, yet quirky and often humorous Department Q books married with Steven Pacey's top quality narration are pretty much a perfect combination. The sardonic world of Carl M'rck and his sidekicks Assad and Rose continues in the fourth installment with a new self-contained story that builds on the previous books.
This series achieves the impressive mix of generating significant tension, sympathy for many of the characters involved and some genuinely humorous commentary seen through a jaded detective's eyes.
This story seemed to jump around in time just a little more than the others so took a little bit more concentration would be my only observation.
For fans of Department Q I can't add much more. To those yet to enter their basement world I can only urge you to walk down those stairs and start with "Mercy" which is book one in the series.
Then you can join me in wishing for more!
The final book in the department Q series I must admit I have enjoyed every one on these book and I am so glad they have kept the same narrator for all 4 books.
I was hooked with this story too extremely gripping and very twisty it surprised me I must say .if you start this series please do all the 4 books, I must admit I was a little sad for the series to end.
"Loving Department Q"
It's engaging police drama, but also amusing and clever.
I love Assad - the classic antihero.
His voices are great, despite using South African/Welsh/English regional accents for a Scandinavian book... it really helps bring the characters to life. He's very talented.
"Good but not the best of the 4"
I eagerly waited for this, and the story is very good but the 3 main characters have turned into a comic act. Not withstanding this, I did enjoy the story, it was gripping, and when the characters played up, I just rolled my eyes and carried on listening because I know them so well from the other books. The first of the 4 is the best, but I do recommend this book for the drama and storyline. The beginning when everyone has a cold, is not easy if using earphones, but do enjoy.
Excellent narration as usual from Stephen Pacey. Storyline complex but comes together nearer the end.
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