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The Scarred Woman (A Department Q Novel) Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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“Scandinavian crime novels don’t get much darker than Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q police procedurals.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“[S]atisfyingly dark, both in tone and content...an undeniable page-turner.”
“[R]iveting … All of the Department Q books contain dark humor, high satire, social commentary—not always politically correct—and grand villains, with The Scarred Woman being no exception.”
“[M]esmerizing … The cleverly devised plot paints a fascinating tale of murder and mayhem with a touch of witty and subtle humor.”
“You’ll be desperate to figure out the identity of the scarred woman as the suspense drives toward a deadly and at times comical conclusion.”
“The novel is eerily timely… [and] the relationship and banter between Carl and his associate Assad, with Assad's ‘linguistic blunders,’ continue to elicit chuckles. Adler-Olsen is deadly serious, though, and compassionate when it comes to poor, traumatized Rose. She may have emotional scars but her friends have got her back.”
“The legions of readers still enjoying the Millennium books will devour this seventh in a series starring the officers of Copenhagen’s cold-case unit, Department Q.”
“Filled with dark humor and tight plotting. … Highly recommended.”
“Highly recommended as dark literature written with beauty and class.”
—The Suspense Is Thrilling Me Blog
“[A] superbly constructed multi-layered mystery.”
—Murder, Mayhem, and More
Praise for Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q series
“It can be hard to distinguish Scandinavian crime writers—there are a lot of them, and their names have consonant clusters and umlauts and all that jazz—but Jussi Adler-Olsen is a name to know. In a crowded genre, Adler-Olsen is an outlier.”
“If you like the dark humor, wisecracking, and layered betrayals of Raymond Chandler, then read Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series.”
“Thrilling, clever, and driven by a rough-hewn protagonist.”
“A tense, pleasurable read.”
“[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
“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)
“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)
“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.”
About the Author
Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark’s #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestselling author. His books, including the Department Q series, routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe and 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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The Department Q books are best read from the beginning, to appreciate the characters of Carl Moerck and his quirky team. The first book, The Keeper of Lost Causes, is still my favorite. But I'll never miss one of these books if I can help it.
In the course of this story several cases unfold. Not all belong to Department Q, whose mandate is investigating unsolved murders. But Carl ignores jurisdictions because he and his team discover possible links between the cases. At the same time they are investigating the crisis of Rose, a team member with psychological problems who has gone completely off the deep end.
There's tons of action, with the body count constantly mounting. It's an emotional war zone.
I really like this writer and his cast of characters, all with their different issues and charms.
The Department Q squad, led by Carl Morck, is a highly polished gem of interesting characters interacting with each other to solve cold-case files that have long been shelved.
The ending is very satisfying and is the first novel of this genre to bring tears to my eyes. I can't recommend this author and this Department Q series highly enough.
On the plus side, Carl Morck and his team continue to be engaging although Assad does not have as many malapropisms as readers may be used to. This story is mainly centered around Rose and her abusive father but it makes little sense. I am used to suspending belief in crime stories but this one is over the top!! Let’s hope for better the next time.
There are several characters who qualify to represent the scarred woman of the title. All fit author Jussi Adler-Olsen's profile of people who have been badly parented as children and live with their wounds as handicapped adults.
A good read, especially for those following this estimable series
One reviewer mentioned Rose was sidelined, but I think she was at the center of the plot as she confronts her demons. She may not have been helped solve the case but her presence was always felt by my husband and me. We got home before the audio book was finished so we finished it off on the sofa. Towards the end the plot moved at a galloping speed so we had to see it through to the end.
This can be read as a stand alone book, but it will have more meaning and humor if the previous novels are read first. This mismatched group in department Q are worth getting to know.