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The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel Hardcover – December 31, 2013
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“[A] sordid tale… inspired by actual events during a dark period of Danish history. Ah, but there more, so much more in this frenzied thriller…” -The New York Times Book Review
"The Purity of Vengeance is an enjoyable and eye-opening way to learn about the real Scandinavia, a story so outrageous that not even the best mystery writer can make it up." - The Boston Globe
“When your series relies on cold cases, it’s not always easy to craft plots that have both historical interest and an air of urgency, but it’s something Adler-Olsen is very good at.” - Booklist
"Adler-Olsen merges story lines...with ingenious aplomb, effortlessly mixing hilarities with horrors...This crime fiction tour de force could only have been devised by an author who can even turn stomach flu into a belly laugh." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Another accomplished exercise in three-decker suspense" - Kirkus Reviews
"Surprises, twists and turns galore" - Bookreporter.com
“This series has enough twists to captivate contemporary mystery readers and enough substance and background to entertain readers with historical and literary tastes.”
—Library Journal (starred review) on A Conspiracy of Faith
"From the busy efforts of forensics to some riveting train-and-car chasing near the end, there is no lack of action in A Conspiracy of Faith."
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“Comparisons [to Stieg Larsson] are inevitable and, while he may lack a Salander, Adler-Olsen’s prose is superior to Larsson’s, his tortures are less discomfiting, and he has a sense of humor.”
—Booklist (starred review) on The Keeper of Lost Causes
“Adler-Olsen, Denmark’s leading crime fiction author, outdoes his outstanding debut, The Keeper of Lost Causes, with his second Department Q novel.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Absent One
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“Adler-Olsen, Denmark’s leading crime fiction author, outdoes his outstanding debut, The Keeper of Lost Causes, with his second Department Q novel.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Adler-Olsen has created a wonderful addition to the detective fiction genre in his sleuth….While the book can be read as a stand-alone novel, readers will be unable to resist seeking out and devouring the first and subsequent series titles.” — Library Journal (starred review)
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“[An] absorbing psychological thriller.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“Comparisons [to Stieg Larsson] are inevitable and, while he may lack a Salander, Adler-Olsen’s prose is superior to Larsson’s, his tortures are less discomfiting, and he has a sense of humor.”— Booklist (starred review)
“Plan on putting everything else in your life on hold if you pick up this book.” — The Oregonian
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Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, a small team that handles unsolved crimes requiring "special scrutiny," has his hands full dealing with Vigga, his soon to be ex-wife; a cold case involving five people who vanished in 1987; his pesky assistants, the bossy and combative Rose, and Assad, an indispensible and tenacious sleuth who pesters Carl to do his job better and refuses to reveal details about his shadowy background. Making Carl's existence even more miserable, an epidemic of the flu is raging through headquarters and no one seems to be immune from running noses and embarrassing gastric disturbances. Pressured by Rose and Assad, Carl once again reluctantly gets involved in a tricky case that will have social, political, and moral implications. As usual, Carl and Assad can be relied upon to bend the rules and ignore their superiors.
"The Purity of Vengeance," capably translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken, is an indictment of discrimination against "minorities and society's weak, the mentally handicapped, ethnic minorities, [and] the socially disenfranchised." Eighty-eight year old Dr.Read more ›
Within the first fifty pages here, the author introduces seven different plot lines and the characters associated with them, with action occurring over the twenty-five years between 1985 and 2010, and it is the job of Detective Carl Morck and his staff of misfits in Department Q of the Copenhagen Police Department to try to solve these old cases. The opening scene in 1985, involving a survivor of Sprogo, Nete Hermansen, is followed immediately by a 2010 case in which the owner of an escort service has acid thrown in her face. Then, without preamble, a flashback to 1978 reveals questions about the drowning death of Morck's uncle, and a blackmailing attempt of Morck by his cousin. A few pages later, a representative the ultra-right-wing Purity Party holds a political meeting at a secret building housing old records and aborted fetuses.
In subsequent threads, still within the first fifty pages, Rose, a diligent researcher for Morck, discovers connections between the recent acid attack and similar attacks on other women who have disappeared without a trace.Read more ›
Between 1923 and 1961, a number of women in Denmark who were deemed genetically inferior -- ostensibly "feeble-minded," the women were often regarded as dangerously promiscuous, particularly if they became pregnant -- were institutionalized on an island called Sprogø. There they were subjected to forced abortions and sterilizations. This dark history provides the foundation for The Purity of Vengeance.
The woman seeking revenge is Nete Hermansen, who (with good reason) blames six people for the various misfortunes she has suffered throughout her life. In 1987, a couple of years after her angry husband dies in an accident that she survives, Nete writes a letter to each of the six with a promise to make them wealthy. During the course of the novel, we learn what those individuals did to Nete and what Nete did to them.
Interwoven with Nete's story is a missing persons investigation that takes place in 2010, undertaken by Carl Mørck, who is still stuck in the basement with Assad and schizophrenic Rose, his underlings in Department Q. And interwoven with the story of the investigation is the story of Curt Wad, who is still practicing medicine at 88, talking Nordic women out of having abortions while doing quite the opposite with women he regards as coming from an undesirable heritage. Wad is the driving force behind Denmark's Purity Party, a political movement of calcified ideas that is gaining ground in 2010.Read more ›
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Department Q is at it again in the penultimate book of the Department Q series. Adler-Olsen is a masterful writer. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Steven A. Chase
If you are a fan of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTO and know you can't get anymore of those, this is series is the answer to your prayers. I might even say I like it just as much. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Raleigh
It was a bit over the top in plot...really, the Purity Party? But it did explore the underside of 'crazies' in our world. Read morePublished 8 days ago by David Anderson
I generally read for the story but the snarky quality of Adler-Olsen writing will probably compel me to read anything he puts out regardless of plot. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Martin Mulcahey
I find the writing to be uninteresting. I finished the book only because I dislike getting into a book and not knowing how it ended.Published 14 days ago by Geni
It's a mystery to me. I have devoured, literally some were read in a single marathon sitting, the other Department Q novels. Read morePublished 15 days ago by K. S. Wiley