In the middle of a 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 at first, but then he receives some shocking news. Carl then 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 hidden cult, where Carl and his assistants must stop a string of new murders by a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything - or anyone - get in the way.
©2016 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2015 Penguin Audio
I'm a middle-aged career woman who has no time to read, the book must be intelligent and grab me straight away, love thrillers.
I have grown to know and love the characters at Dept Q, and I was sad the book/series ended. This audio version got a bad review because after 6 books, the narrator was changed, and while it took a few chapters to adjust to the new reader, my ear attuned and I don't know why other listeners didn't like him. Possibly not quite as good at the character voices or at least replicating them the way Steven Pacey did, but I enjoyed this narrator, and more than that, I forgot about his voice and focused on the characters who I know and love.
The whole cast of characters that Jussi has created, they work together as a whole to create an entertaining wry witted team who draw the story along, each in their own way contributing to the atmosphere of the book.
I don't have time to read real books, so I would have missed out completely if it were not on audio. I grew to like Malcolm's dry voice. After a while, it reminded me somewhat of Bill Nighy in that ironic but serious sort of way. Don't give the narrator a bad rap just because he wasn't the same on e as we were used to with the previous 6 books. It was not the narrator's fault he was changed, if he'd been the narrator from Series 1, no-one would have known any different. In fact, I found his voice soothing.
Yes, fortunately, it goes for 14 hours so I could enjoy it over a few days.
Jussie Adler Olssen has his own rhythm and building of a story. He has created a great blend of characters and I hope there will be more Dept Q books to come, as I love Carl Morck and Assad. Assad often had me smiling with his camel tales "she screams like a camel who has eaten sand" is my favourite. Hurry up and write the next one Jussi.... I am now an official Scandi Crime addict.
I've enjoyed other Dept Q books, but this one bored me. I disliked the narrator from the beginning but tried to ignore his cynical tone and concentrate on the story. But it was not a good story.
I have enjoyed the Department Q series and this was a standard, high quality contribution. I hope Jussi Adler-Olsen gives us more on Assad's history in the next instalment.
The plot was strong and conveyed the story along well, though the plot twists were not particularly surprising. The book has its own level of satisfaction in the outcome and I will read the next Department Q novel when and if it is published.
"What's the big deal"
I don't understand this fuss about the change in narrator. I'm a big fan of the series (i purchased every title so far) and thought that Graeme Malcolm did a good job. Admittedly I was a little hesitant as i enjoyed Steven Pacey so much, but the story was so good that I didn't miss him after the first chapter. I really don't care who the narrator is there is no way I'd miss a single installment of this fantastic series!
I love the department Q books but for me, this book was seriously let down by the choice of narrator. Don't know why Jussi has gone with a different narrator from the previous books but not a good choice. I won't be listening to any future department Q books if Graeme Malcolm is going to be the narrator. Bring back Steven Pacey.
"Bring back Steven Pacey as the narrator!"
I just couldn't listen to this narrator. So I didn't listen beyond chapter 6. Such a shame as I was so excited to listen to the next Dept Q book 😕
"WHY O WHY CHANGE NARRATOR!"
I have absolutely loved every Dept Q book, the characters were brought alive by Steven Pacey and I was genuinely so excited to see another in the series. I was a little perturbed that the narrator was different but with open mind gave it a go...
Why..... Just why did anyone listen to this guy and think Ahhh he'll follow nicely in Steven Paceys footsteps?????
Im struggling to get past chapter 7 - there's no life to the narration, an awful sing song voice with inflections at the end of words and sentences that shouldn't be there... No distinct characters, Karl and Rose just blend into the background and my favourite Assad has no enthusiasm no wit no comedy value anymore...
Ruined absolutely ruined by the narrator (who sounds better suited to children's books) GUTTED!!!
As a long-standing fan of Olsen’s excellent Department Q series I was delighted to find another one had been released on Audible. While this one is still very good quality crime fiction there have been some changes of direction which have changed the experience significantly from the earlier books. Previously Olsen did a fabulous job of mixing the back stories of his characters with a gripping crime story leading to a delicious mix of dark humour and tension-building drama. In this volume Olsen has almost pruned much of the wider character interaction out and trimmed the cast with previously significant characters like his gay lodgers almost removed from the stories. While there are still plenty of Assadisms the characters seem much steadier, less stressed and in turn, sorry to say it just a touch duller.
With this story Olsen has taken just a touch more of the Dan Brown style as the investigators get involved with a Sun God Cult. The story itself has a lot of depth, some intriguing developments and an excellent twist at the end which is tied into a very dramatic and indeed satisfying conclusion. That said, I don’t think it builds the tension in the same way as most of the previous stories. It does deliver as a crime story should, just in a more steady fashion.
Finally though, the change in narrator. It may be that with his change of character and story direction Olsen or his publishers felt a new narrator was in order. To me this just magnified what was missing. Pacey and Department Q were an excellent combination, he was able to deliver the stress, tension, chaos and humour of the earlier books with aplomb and genuinely added to the production mix. Graeme Malcolm operates at pretty much one pace and one tone. I can imagine him doing some books quite well but following on from Pacey his style jars and his delivery drags the whole experience down.
In all this is a quality piece of crime fiction with enough clever nuances, twists and turns to make it a worthwhile purchase. It also gives us a character cliffhanger to entice us into the next book of the series. However, in comparison with previous books in the series it falls down in ways that are significant and simply doesn’t fully deliver what we’ve come to expect from Department Q. For me personally this instalment has moved the series from “Must Buy” to “Worth considering”, especially if they persevere with the same narrator.
"Ruined by change of narrator"
Assad, comedy value
Steven Pacey (original)
The first 4 books were great, mostly for the story, but it had a lot to do with the narration by Steven Pacey.
The fith book was probably very good, but I was distracted by the narrator. He didn't give the characters the comedy side that I'd come to expect. I understand that different publishers use different narrators, but I feel it has ruined a brilliant series of books.
I just hope that the sixth book is narrated by Steven Pacey. If not I may not bother listening.
Liked least: The narrator
Story isn't as good and I kept losing track of where I was due to the narrators voice. It doesn't keep you gripped like previous books in the Department Q series.
Wasn't Steven Pacey - who was brilliant at the voices and the general story telling.
No I couldn't. I could imagine other books by Jussi Adler-Olsen working as movie.
No but dept Q will not be the same unless Steven Pacey returns
I returned this title purely due to the narrator. I found the change of narrator distracting and found the story extremely difficult to follow. I normally persevere with a book but not in this case. I wish I'd read the previous reviews before buying.
"Why the change of narrator!!"
I discovered the Department Q books quite early on in my Audible experience and they've been a kind of baseline of excellence. Great stories, interesting characters and a narrator that really enhanced the experience. Why then, was the narrator changed at this stage in the series! I tried really hard to be open minded about Graeme Malcolm performance but it really spoiled the book for me. His voice has a really strange way of ending sentences that really jarred with me.
Such a shame, because it's another very good story with lots of twists and turns.
"Narrator spoilt the story"
Normally love Department Q. Bought it without checking the narrator. Did not recognize any of the characters I have grown to love.
The story was Ok it was changing the narrator that ruined the story.
"Horrible, disappointing narrator"
The book is very good, I love the 3 main characters.
Too hard to listen, too monotone for me and the difference between the characters so slight I didn't know who was saying what at times Didn't have the same pleasure of listening to the story as I had with the others, and never laughed aloud like before. But as the book is good and I love the previous books I endured.
Please choose better narrator next time.
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