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Publisher's Summary

A #1 International Best-Seller
Over 16 million copies sold
Winner of the Glass Key award

Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with his most captivating and suspenseful novel yet.

In a Copenhagen park, the body of an elderly woman is discovered. Though the case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide from over a decade ago, the police cannot find any connection between the two victims. Across town, a group of young women are being hunted down. The attacks seem random, but could these brutal acts of violence be related? Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q is charged with solving the mystery.

Back at headquarters, Carl and his team are under pressure to deliver results: failure to meet his superiors' expectations will mean the end of Department Q. Solving the case, however, is not their only concern. After a breakdown, their colleague Rose is struggling to deal with the ghosts of her past - a past seemingly connected to one of the division's most sinister case-files. It is up to Carl, Assad and Gordon to unearth the dark and violent truth plaguing Rose before it is too late.

Translated by William Frost

Perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.

©2017 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2017 Quercus Editions Limited

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It was entertaining but not his best work!

Not a bad read but probably not one of Jussi’s better works. I think I enjoyed this latest installation of the Department Q Series the least of all 7 so far. It tended to drag on in parts (lose momentum a little). I’ve listened to Saul Reichlin read the Millennium Series before now and thought he was great! I still can’t go past Steven Pacey for narrating the Department Q Series though! Bring him back for Book 8 when it’s released!

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  • Roderic
  • Victoria Park, Australia
  • 15-01-2018

A decent addition to the series

This book was fairly good though not the best of the series. The characters need to be refreshed... somehow ... if the series is to retain its allure. More on Assad's back story would be appealing.

The change in narrator was not a success. Reichlin does not lift the dialogue as there is not enough variation in his voice.

I will check out the next on the series if and when it appears, hoping it will take a step up.

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4 or 5?

Any additional comments?

I have read all of the Department Q books so far and they have all, up until now, been 5 star reads. Now don't get me wrong, on second reading, I may well change this rating to 5. The reason on first reading I gave it 4 was because of the length of time it took me to 'get into' the book. Perhaps it was because I was distracted on a number of occasions, or perhaps because this book, was multi layered, with at least 2 easily discernible plots and they were both complex, and if any of the writing was missed, one had to backtrack to pick up the thread once again for it to make sense. I am actually in awe of Adler-Olsen's writing and the way he brings his characters to life; in this case with many more characters than usual. Recommended highly to those who enjoy original plots, excellent writing, mysteries & suspense.

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The Scarred Woman

This is a story which has a complex plot with many characters. I couldn't stop listening. The final ending was satisfying. I have read all the dept Q books and have enjoyed each one but I rate this one as the best

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Good but not amazing

Not up to either ones usual standard. Just missed the mark on story and voices

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  • Sonja Mudig
  • 03-06-2018

How a great narrator can ruin a good book

Adler Olsen is second in his extravagance only to Stieg Larsson and David Lagercrantz in the Nordic Noir genre - and that is by no means a bad thing. Saul Reichlin is a great narrator - for Rudyard Kipling, Henry Rider Haggard and other great adventure writers.
But assigning him to narrate a Nordic Noir book ruined the book for me. Nordic Noir is compact, dense, minor in tone - exactly the opposite of Reichlin's dramatic style. Assad's accent sounds like an Englishman's poor imitation of an Indian an the turn of the 20th century.
Disservice to Reichlin's skills, complete disaster to Adler Olsen's book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-2018

Destroyd by Narrator

Olsens books are among the best. Usually witty and gripping. So sad not beeing able to listen to this story due to the narrator .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-2017

Can't believe I finished it.

Dialogue between female characters is laughable. Narrator's characterizations are unconvincing. Story telling unrealistic. I kept thinking "You're kidding! You expect me to swallow this?"

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  • Sævar Ari Finnbogason
  • 09-10-2017

Another great Department Q novel

Jussi Adler-Olsen does it again. If you are new to Carl, Assad and Rose of Department Q start with the first book. You'll be hooked.
I hope Olsen will continue the series.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 22-09-2017

What a let down after such a long wait!

Oh I do think that this series has 'gone off the boil', this book was all over the place - dreadfully messy with too many side stories going on at once.
I think that the relationship between Karl (Carl) and his staff is changing significantly and has lost its charm. Hardy, too, was scarcely mentioned.
Saul Reichlin has also changed in my view - I used to love his narrations - but now he seems to be labouring and e n u n c i a t i n g V E R Y slowly, as if he is speaking to a class of children with learning difficulties.
I won't hold my breath for the next in the series - I had been looking forward to this one and feel so disappointed.

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  • Jools
  • 21-09-2017

Department Q spoilt

I have been a great fan of Department Q from the start with Stephen Pacey but the last book and this one is totally spoilt, even the story itself isn't what I expected am extremely disappointed, returning book unfinished.

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  • Anthony
  • 23-09-2017

Infantilising narration

What disappointed you about The Scarred Woman?

We've so enjoyed the previous department Q stories, and were really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately the narration is so turgid it is difficult to get past it and hear the story. Will have to return unfinished. So sorry that Audible have opted for this narrator, who may be good for non-native speakers but is so distracting

Would you ever listen to anything by Jussi Adler-Olsen again?

Not with this narrator

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Saul Reichlin?

Steven Pacey, Samantha Bond, Sean Barrett, Lewis Hancock, Tom Hollander

38 of 45 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 20-09-2017

Back to Five Stars Via a Different Route!

After being fairly critical of the previous book in the series it feels like something is right with the world again that this latest Department Q book is something I'm more than happy to suggest is worth five stars. I think The Scarred Woman is an excellent development of the storyline though this evolution may not please everyone in the same way as there are differences here.

After book 6 probably the most important point is the narration which took a tumble following Steven Pacey's replacement. Although they haven't brought Pacey back they have probably done just about the next best thing. Saul Reichlin is an excellent narrator and breathes much more life into these characters than Graeme Malcolm did. He has the Audible CV of course including being the voice of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy. The one thing maybe that that he doesn't have for this Department Q audience is that he isn't Steven Pacey so the style is a little more staid.

However, so are the characters. Their behaviour in the last two books has been a little less zany and the humour has been toned down though Assad still does his Mrs Malaprop impressions. Characters like Morten, the wonderful gay ex-lodger are once again allowed a small side part in the story. Just as importantly the crime mystery is a masterful weaving of five separate cases into a coherent and satisfying story.

In terms of my enjoyment it was the character stories that were most compelling. There are yet more hints of the mystery behind Assad but the clear centerpiece is Rose's story. If you have invested in these characters and enjoyed their adventures be prepared for an extremely hard-edged and emotional story line. Rose has always been an extreme character but The Scarred Woman tells her bitter story and plunges the reader deep into her psyche. It's compelling and emotional and I found the conclusion of this book genuinely touching.

So, although I suspect some will still find it frustrating because it doesn't deliver in the same way as the early Department Q books I am delighted to say I think it's as good as those books. it has plenty of the Department Q hallmarks, a fitting narrator once again and most of all between those thorny villains and churlish competing senior police officers it has a beautiful Rose. Oh yes, and camels, there has to be camels!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-2018

Terrible narration and poor translation

I really enjoyed books 1-5 in this series, but the narrators in books 6 and 7 are terrible, and so distracting that it’s impossible to get into the story. Also the translation seems to have changed from earlier books - it seems very simplistic and childlike. I did persevere with this book to the end in the hope that it would get better, but it didn’t. Please bring back Steven Pacey as narrator and the original translator for future books!

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  • Stephen
  • 26-01-2018

Bring back the original narrator

What would have made The Scarred Woman better?

Department Q was one of my favourite Audible series until the narrator was changed. This has ruined it for me. I struggled through this one but am unlikely to listen to any more and will be forced to read the books instead. Real shame as the first few in the series were outstanding!!

How could the performance have been better?

Revert to the original narrator and bring back the magical characters he evoked.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Just the story line

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  • B. Shaw
  • 31-10-2017

End of the Dept Q road for me.

Whoa, what just happened? The department Q series could never have been mistaken for high literary art but they were pleasing easy reading/listening with the relationship between Carl and Assad being the main highlight and complex enough investigations to have you wanting more. This latest in the series is simply dreadful by comparison. Alder-Olsen has never been great at the DIY phycology or female characterisation but this book plunged to new depths. It was cringeworthy listening at times - especially the sections related to the 3 'benefits' girls. Clunky does not come close.

Has there been a change in the translator? The vocabulary is so simplistic - it's almost insulting.

The narrator is also pretty dreadful. Saul Reichlin made a pig's ear of the of the Stieg Larsson Millennium series and he not done the author any favours here too. Steven Pacey was significantly better.

Very few redeeming qualities here - such a shame.

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  • Mike
  • 22-10-2017

Strains credibility

I love this series, however, I don’t feel that the change of narrator has done the presentation any favours. Additionally, the storyline did strain credibility somewhat. Not enough to put me off though!

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  • SGdeCT
  • 19-10-2017

Wasn't as good as i'd been hoping for...

I was so excited about this book coming out. It was good it just wasn't great. I still much preferred Steven Pacey reading the books. The story didn't grab me and keep me interested, I figured out the small twists there were way before we were explained them which was shame. It has not put me off, I will by the next in the series when its written but I wouldn't rate this as high as the first 6. Actually didn't love 6 much either... hmmm

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-2017

disappointed doesn't begin to cover it...

After the abysmal descision to get rid of Steven Pacey as the narrator of the last book. and the numerous readers who complained that they wanted him back, i really was hoping to see the return of steven as the narrator for this. Alas, this wasn't the case, and as such the book, like the last was totally ruined for me. The story was slow and boring and I couldn't quite figure out where it was going. The massive jump in time made no sense and to be fair It may have improved but although I tried to stick with it i could not bear to listen past chapter 20. If I had 1 wish ircwoukd be to have Stecen Pacey redo this and the last book so I can enjoy what had been up to the last book, one of my all time favourite series.

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