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At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. Shw vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction. She will die first.
Copenhagen detective Carl Moerck has been taken off homicide to run a newly created department for unsolved crimes. His first case concerns Merete Lynggaard, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she's dead. Everyone says it's a waste of time. He thinks they're right.
The voice in the dark is distorted, harsh and without mercy. It says the prisoner's torture will only end when she answers one simple question. It is one she has asked herself a million times: Why is this happening?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 499 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 34mm | 258.55g
  • English
  • 0241954045
  • 9780241954041
  • 116,163

About Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen, geb. am 2.8.1950 in Kopenhagen, studierte Medizin, Soziologie, Politische Geschichte und Film und arbeitete in vielen verschiedenen Berufen. Er gilt als bestverkaufter dänischer Krimiautor. Jussi Adler-Olsen ist verheiratet und Vater eines Sohnes. 2014 wurde er mit dem Ripper-Award, dem Europäischen Preis für Kriminalliteratur, ausgezeichnet.
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49,200 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 30% (14,723)
4 45% (22,226)
3 20% (9,599)
2 4% (1,862)
1 2% (790)

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Reason for Reading: The plot just screamed "read me!" and I'm a fan of Scandi Crime. Outstanding! The first chapter had me hooked on the case and the second chapter had me fascinated with the main character, Copenhagen detective Carl Morck. Usually I'm into the serial killer type of crimes but this case involves a kidnapping/missing persons case that is incredibly taut and gripping. Carl Morck has just come back to work after being in a shoot-out where he was injured and each of his two partners were either killed or seriously impaired for life. Carl has never been a lovable guy and this emotional event has not helped matters. He is sent to the basement, given his own department, Department Q, where he will work on cold cases. The first one that he and his Syrian assistant choose is that of the missing persons case of a prominent young female politician who has been missing, presumed accidentally drowned, five years ago. But Carl and Assad find out that many things were not properly investigated at the time. Everyone assumes that she is dead, but Merete isn't dead and won't be until her kidnapper's appointed time of execution. Carl is a flawed character with many problems but one that the reader routes for and agrees with as he fights against the establishment. His Syrian assistant, Assad, is both comic relief and a very intriguing character as he demonstrates great insight into detective work and has amazing contacts and capabilities which provoke interest in his mysterious past. Carl and Assad make a great team, their opposing characters bounce off each other as each gains great respect for the other. The case was fabulous! Everything one can want in a thriller. Full of twists and turns and fantastic descriptions of the victim's suffering. The point of view alternates between the present with Carl investigating the disappearance and with the past as we watch what happened to the victim unfold until the years meet up with the present. I must admit I guessed "whodunit" *very* early in the book, not from any clues, just simply because it felt like a logical surmise. This didn't spoil my reading one bit though as all the twisting and plot reveals only unfolded into an amazingly unguessable plot that put everything together in a very satisfying story for me. I can't wait for the next book which will be called Disgrace in the more
by Nicola Mansfield
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