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Praise for The Marco Effect

"Engrossing...a roller coaster ride through Copenhagen's seedy underbelly." - Publishers Weekly

“This series goes from triumph to triumph…This is the best book I’ve read in 2014 so far. Highly recommended.” - Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

"The Marco Effect works, because Marco is a compelling hero, the villains are truly odious, and Mørck and his quirky, savvy subordinates ultimately carry the day." - Booklist

“If you like the dark humor, wisecracking, and layered betrayals of Raymond Chandler, then read Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series.” -Men's Journal
 
"A tense, pleasurable read." - USA Today

 "[T]his Scandinavian crime series has enough twists and turns to keep readers enthralled in nail-biting suspense. The fast pace, intricate plot, and gritty style will appeal to fans of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch mysteries.” - Library Journal

"Jussi Adler-Olsen has written a tense, riveting, suspenseful and quirky novel... The Marco Effect is, simply put, a gem." - Bookreporter.com 

"Once again, Adler-Olsen vividly portrays a country and its people with a compassionate and often humorous eye. Grade: A." - The Cleveland Plain Dealer


Praise for The Purity of Vengeance

“[A] sordid tale… inspired by actual events during a dark period of Danish history. Ah, but there is more, so much more in this frenzied thriller…”
The New York Times Book Review

“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)

Praise for A Conspiracy of Faith

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

“Compelling... impossible to put down the book.”
Associated Press

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 Jussi Adler-Olsen and the Department Q novels:

"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) on The Purity of Vengeance

“[A] sordid tale… inspired by actual events during a dark period of Danish history. Ah, but there is more, so much more in this frenzied thriller…”
The New York Times Book Review on The Purity of Vengeance

“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 on The Purity of Vengeance

“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)

"Plan on putting everything else in your life on hold if you pick up this book.”
The Oregonian on The Keeper of Lost Causes

 

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

About the Author

JUSSI ADLER-OLSEN is Denmark’s #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books have sold more than fifteen million copies around the world. His many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards include the Glass Key Award, also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Department Q Novel
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525954023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525954026
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (394 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Danish Detective Inspector Carl Mørck's default position is relaxing on his chair with a cigarette in his mouth. Much to his woe, his energetic, pushy, and offbeat assistants, Hafez el-Assad and Rose Knudsen, urge him get up and do his job. Ironically, when Carl sinks his teeth into an inquiry, he doggedly works the case with skill and commitment. In Jussi Adler-Olsen's "The Marco Effect," translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken, Carl and his team take on an inquiry involving a missing civil servant, a runaway teen, and a host of villains who brutally execute anyone who gets in their way.

The plot involves a dodgy development project in Cameroon; a Fagin-like individual who controls a band of pickpockets, beggars, and thieves; and Marco Jameson, a brilliant, resourceful, and troubled fifteen-year-old boy. Carl's devoted fans will be eager to find out how their hero is faring as the head of Department Q, a division located in the basement of police headquarters. (His mission is to reexamine unsolved homicides, disappearances, and other major crimes.) The good news is that in spite of his sloth and chutzpah, Carl is still employed. The bad news is that Carl has a big mouth, and he frequently puts his foot in it.

The dialogue is clever and amusing. In addition, Adler-Olsen keeps us off balance by juxtaposing gruesome scenes of violence with lighthearted passages that poke fun at Carl's ineptitude with women and Assad's outrageous malapropisms. Readers will empathize with Marco, who lives rough while he tries to elude a motley crew of bloodthirsty pursuers. "The Marco Effect" has quite a few suspenseful and gripping scenes, but it is not without flaws.
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This is the fifth book in the Department Q series, one of my very favorite Scandinavian series due to the humor and great characters of Carl, Assad and Rose, though it hasn't been my favorite of the series. The book starts with an aid worker in Cameroon, moves to a government ministry in Copenhagen and then proceeds to the story of Marco, a very bright teenage boy who is basically imprisoned and forced to work as a petty thief for a cult leader/boss. While Marco's story is intriguing, it's almost a hundred pages before we really get to Carl Morck, the curmudgeonliest detective in Denmark, and his hilarious assistants Assad and Rose. The plot is difficult to sum up. It's a complicated blend of Danish criminals and African politics and immigrants, but Adler-Olsen keeps a handle on things and deftly juggles dozens of characters.

Other reviewers have complained about the editing and the length of the book, but I would make the distinction that the length would be welcome if Carl and the others were on more of the pages. A lot of the text is devoted to Marco, and it is an interesting story, but the book mainly comes alive when Carl et al are on the page. Also, I want to say that the humor is really the best in Scandinavian crime fiction. It is a dry wit, and it could only be maintained with an excellent translation, so credit to Martin Aitken.

My only problem with the series is Assad. I love this guy, but here we are on book 5 and we still know almost nothing about him -- where he's from, what he's done, how he ended up in Denmark, etc. It's well past time for us to get some information on this fascinating character!

The series includes (in order): The Keeper of Lost Causes, The Absent One, A Conspiracy of Faith, The Purity of Vengeance, The Marco Effect.
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ussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q novels get better and better. Department Q, which was established as a way to get a difficult Copenhagen police detective named Carl Mørk consigned to a basement office and thus out of sight and out of mind, backfired from the get-go.

In the hands of Adler-Olsen, Carl is an unlikable but oddly sympathetic character who is saddled with a couple of oddball assistants. Assad is a classic fish out of water, a Middle Easterner in the center of Denmark who is an enigma and, as demonstrated in THE MARCO EFFECT, has an unknown history with one of Carl’s least favorite co-workers. Rose is extremely difficult, subject to mood swings and to occasional behavior that is inappropriate for an office setting, yet she has the capability. That Carl rebels against his best instincts and lets them have their head is one of his many strengths, which counterbalance his more personal and professional destructive impulses.

THE MARCO EFFECT gets rolling for Carl and Department Q when Assad and Rose follow a whimsy and pick up a missing persons case involving William Stark, a civil servant who, while on a fact-finding mission in Africa, abruptly returned to Copenhagen early and promptly disappeared. Carl is more or less steamrolled into taking the case, but while it takes the team a bit of time to discover what is going on, the reader is already aware of what happened to Stark. One of the keys to the puzzle is a 15-year-old boy named Marco Jameson, a member of an extended family of criminals, cons and grifters who has fallen out of favor with Zola, the family patriarch and Marco’s uncle. Marco discovers Stark’s grisly fate while on the run from Zola and his group of enforcers.
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