Jussi Adler-Olsen's Disgrace is the stunning follow up to Top Ten bestseller Mercy. Kimmie's home is on the streets of Copenhagen. To live, she must steal. She has learned to avoid the police and never to stay in one place for long. But now others are trying to find her. And they won't rest until she has stopped moving - for good.Detective Carl Morck of Department Q, the cold cases division, has received a file concerning the brutal murder of a brother and sister twenty years earlier. A group of boarding school students were the suspects at the time - until one of their number confessed and was convicted. So why is the file of a closed case on Carl's desk? Who put it there? Who believes the case is not solved?Carl wants to talk to Kimmie, but someone else is also asking questions about her. They know she carries secrets certain powerful people want to stay buried deep. But Kimmie has one of her own. It's the biggest secret of them all. And she can't wait to share it . . .Disgrace is the second terrifying episode in the Department Q series, following the No. 1 international bestseller, Mercy. The darkness continues with Redemption, available from Penguin in April 2013.Praise for Jussi Adler-Olsen:'The new "it" boy of Nordic Noir' The Times'Gripping story-telling' Guardian'This pitch-black novel will have readers hungry for more' Independent Jussi Adler-Olsen was born in Copenhagen and worked as a magazine editor and publisher before starting to write fiction. Mercy, Disgrace and Redemption are the first in currently four novels in the Department Q series. He holds the prestigious Glass Key Award, given annually for a crime novel by a Scandinavian author, and is also winner of the Golden Laurels, Denmark's highest literary accolade.
- Paperback | 544 pages
- 208 x 296 x 12mm | 240g
- 21 Jun 2012
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
About Jussi Adler-Olsen
Jussi Adler-Olsen was born in Copenhagen and worked as a magazine editor and publisher before starting to write fiction. Buried is the fifth novel in the Department Q series, following on from Redemption, Disgrace, Mercy and Guilt. He holds the prestigious Glass Key Award, given annually for a crime novel by a Scandinavian author, and is also winner of the Golden Laurels, Denmark's highest literary accolade.
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The Department Q series are best sellers in Adler-Olsen's native Danish. So far only the first two novels have been translated into English, with plans to release the third and fourth titles in 2013. I didn't have the opportunity to read The Keeper of Lost Causes but I am not sure it mattered a great deal as Disgrace, the second book in the Department Q series, worked fine as a standalone. Featuring Detective Carl Mørck, who heads the Copenhagen cold case division , Department Q, Disgrace sees the detective's interest piqued by a file anonymously left on his desk involving the brutal murder of a brother and sister twenty years earlier. Learning that someone has already confessed, and was serving jail time for the killings, only makes Carl more curious and with the help of his assistant Assad and his newly assigned secretary, Rose, Mørck begins to unravel a dangerous conspiracy. I wasn't sure what to expect from Disgrace as so far I have failed to really enjoy any of the Nordic/Scandi crime novels currently dominating the crime fiction market. Though I did feel this 500 page novel could have been pruned a little more ruthlessly, I was relieved to find myself happily involved in Detective Carl Mørck's investigation into a series of unsolved violent assaults and murders. It becomes fairly obvious early on that Disgrace is not a who dunnit, for Mørck quickly determines that a group of society's most wealthy and influential men, friends since boarding school, have played some role in the attacks. It is Kimmie, once the groups most treasured member who now lives on the city's streets despite being in possession of a small fortune, that holds the key to the evidence that Mørck needs to hold them accountable for their crimes. As Carl builds his case against the men he must counter interference from higher ups, reluctant victims, angry threats and Kimmie's own agenda, whose sense of justice defies the legal process. The plot was certainly strong enough to maintain my interest though the pace suffered from the somewhat bloated length. There is plenty of suspense, action and not an inconsiderable amount of violent imagery which is offset somewhat by touches of humour. I enjoyed the characters of Disgrace, not only the cynical Detective Mørck, but also his awkward Syrian assistant, Assad and the mouthy Rose. Reviews suggest had I read the first book in the series, my appreciation of them would have been enhanced but I learnt enough about them to get a general measure of their character, even if I lacked specifics. Of the antagonists, Kimmie's fragile mind intrigued me, and I was surprised to find myself sympathetic to her even though she proves to be as culpable as the friends she hunts. The three suspects, Ditlev, Torsten, Ulrick were little more than privileged sociopaths that managed to give me chills on more than one occasion. Though it doesn't introduce anything new, I enjoyed Disgrace as a respectable example of crime fiction with interesting characters and plot. Just a note, The Absent One has also been published under the title 'The Absent One' in the USshow moreby Shelley Cusbert
Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Simply superb psychological thriller. Adler-Olsen does it again. Detective Carl Morck is pulled into a case 20 years old and then related cases seem to pop up all over the place. As if that isn't enough, murders are happening now that just may well have a connection with these cold cases as well and the names involved are only just the creme de la creme of Norway's high society. Carl and his sidekick Assad are back together again with their trepiditious friendship more firmly grounded as they have learnt to trust one another and as they stand together facing the unknown element of a new partner to their Department, the cold, mouthy, yet efficient Rose Knudsen. I absolutely loved the case; very unique, very creepy, never quite sure where the author was going to go with it. One thing I often wondered about was the scene that takes place in the "Prologue", who is the person that this is happening to? I found myself going back and reading it a couple of times because I thought I'd figured it out but could find no clues to back myself up and pow! what a zinger, when we do find out who it is. I'm a big fan of Carl; he's crusty, used to the old ways, doesn't like change and isn't really about to change in anyway he can get away with it. He and Assad are polar opposites but they've worked out quite a nice relationship, where they can drive each other batty at times and at others work on perfect sync. I'm not impressed with the new addition of Rose but I don't think I'm supposed to be. I've been exposed to Carl's opinion of her and her attitudes toward him and I'm not liking it. Three's a crowd , I say. But someone else may say, they need a female voice in here. She's a pain in the butt and I'm not prepared to like her, but we'll see what happens in the next book. However, I'm not docking any points because I don't like a character! Great, great thriller. Love Adler-Olsen's writing, the intensity, the shock value without going too far, but going far enough to give us that just beyond sick, sicko psycho killer. Bring on the next book! PS: I love the UK covers and titles for this series! Even though neither the US nor UK titles reflect the original intent of the Danish titles. This one's Danish title literally translated is "The Pheasant Hunters", which is a phrase used in the book to denote a certain class of people and is a perfectly suitable title. Perhaps the phrase is not known to western readers but funnily enough I ran across the phrase in an English book I read shortly after this one.show moreby Nicola Mansfield