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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—even if he’s getting just a little bit less successful with each successive book. The fourth Department Q novel finds cranky Copenhagen detective Carl Mørck and his quirky but competent assistants, Assad and Rose, puzzling over a seemingly unconnected group of people who all went missing at the same time. We learn the perpetrator and her motive early on; the tension comes from Mørck’s missteps and the dangers he’s blind to. And while this labyrinthine revenge plot encompasses everything from eugenics and right-wing politics to Mørck’s rocky love life, and includes a nifty twist at the end, the seams are starting to show. Police procedure is an afterthought, repercussions almost nonexistent, and the mystery of Assad’s secret life has dragged on too long without meaningful development. Still good reading, but Adler-Olsen needs to tighten it up a little. --Keir Graff

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Praise for The Purity of Vengeance

“[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."
Houston Chronicle

“A shattering parable of honest individuals caught up in the corruption of our times.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) on A Conspiracy of Faith

“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

Praise for The Absent One:

“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)

Praise for The Keeper of Lost Causes:

“The pages fly by as the twisty puzzle unfolds. Stieg Larsson fans will be delighted.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“[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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Product Details

  • Series: A Department Q Novel
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Printing edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525954015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525954019
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jussi Adler-Olsen returns to form in "The Purity of Vengeance," his most entertaining and touching Department Q novel since "The Keeper of Lost Causes." The story moves back and forth between the 1950s, the 1980s, and 2010, telling a shocking story of vulnerable and friendless young women preyed upon by sadistic tormentors. In 1985, Nete Hermansen believes that the worst is behind her. Unfortunately, an unwelcome figure from her past resurfaces and destroys everything that Nete has worked so hard to achieve.

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.
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In his fourth novel published in English, Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen tackles an unusual subject, this one based on Denmark's past history, the imprisonment of uneducated or mentally challenged, but sexually active, women and young girls, some as young as fourteen, on a tiny island in the Danish Straits. Most of these benighted inmates were poor, and many had been sexually abused or had resorted to prostitution as a way of supporting themselves. Regarded as "forward-thinking" when it was established in 1923, the Sprogo facility remained open until 1961, a thirty-eight year experiment in creating racial and social "purity" in which fifteen hundred women participated against their wills.

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.
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The difficulty with revenge, particularly when served cold, is that people change. What seems like just retribution may turn out to be a harsh judgment visited upon a repentant transgressor who seeks (and deserves) forgiveness. The lesson of The Purity of Vengeance is that revenge is a dish best not served.

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.
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