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The New York Times and number one internationally best-selling author of the Department Q series is back, with a terrifyingly relevant stand-alone novel about an America in chaos. 

A number one international best seller

Over 18 million copies sold

Winner of the Glass Key Award

The president has gone way too far.... These are practically dictatorial methods we're talking about.

When Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen is elected president of the United States, it is a personal victory for Dorothy 'Dottie' Rogers. She has secured a job in the White House, has proved to her Republican father that she was right to support Jansen, and is proud to see the rise of an intelligent, inspiring leader who shares her ideals. 

But the triumph is short-lived: Jansen's pregnant wife is assassinated on election night, and the alleged mastermind behind the shooting is none other than Dottie's own father. When Jansen ascends to the White House, he is a changed man, determined to end gun violence by any means necessary. 

Rights are taken away as quickly as weapons. Checkpoints and roadblocks destroy infrastructure. The media is censored. Militias declare civil war on the government. The country is in chaos, and Dottie finds herself fighting for the life of her father, who just may be innocent.

©2018 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • Lucy C.
  • 01-04-2019

I just gave up

Unlike the Department Q series and others, I have been drawn in by the sheer quality of Olsen's storytelling. I've no doubt this is a great story, based on the premise, but I just cannot concentrate on it, because of the narration, which I found nasal, dull and uninspiring. It may suit others, but not me. I'm just going to buy and read this one. I'm disappointed in myself I can't get beyond the narration, but it grates. Unfinished....

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  • Anna
  • 18-03-2019

Sadly let down by dull narration

I have enjoyed the department Q books as they have good characters that the reader likes,so I decided to try this one. Initially I thought I would give up on it as I found the narrator very dull and boring and he remained so unfortunately. However the story was interesting and in the end gripping. And I listened to the end where there is a very good twist in the tale. Unlike the Q books I found the characters fairly unsympathetic and I didn’t really root for any of them, which was a pity. Maybe there were just to many of them.
However the underlying issue of the book is interesting and where is it happening in the world today?

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  • Diana
  • 15-04-2019

Avoid!

Dreadful, completely unbelievable plot that just got more and more ridiculous. I began to feel sorry for Mr Culp having to read such rubbish. I am still convinced that he called the central female character ‘Doggie’ not ‘ Dottie’! Maybe he was trying to inject some light relief into an otherwise dismal story.

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  • Loli Davies
  • 09-03-2019

Great book, moves along at a cracking pace.

One of my favourite authors, thoroughly enjoyed this book. You find yourself holding your breath waiting for more outrageous fortune to strike the good honest folk who are swept along within this epic tale. More, more, more Jussi.

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  • linda
  • 19-09-2019

Could or might?

What a brilliant story from page one I was hooked and couldn’t wait for the next episode. Predictable ..... yes maybe but a gripping believable order of events which could happen. I loved every second

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  • Bob
  • 07-03-2019

Another excellent read from Jussi Adler Olsen

Excellent read! I don’t know how realistic it is but it was a good yarn with interesting characters. It was well read by Jason Culp. It didn’t seem as long as it actually was, kept me
engaged right up to the last page.

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