In the middle of a hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive at first, but then he receives some shocking news.
Carl then has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious seventeen-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree. The investigation will take them from the remote island of Bornholm to a hidden cult, where Carl and his assistants must stop a string of new murders by a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything-or anyone-get in the way.
""Adler-Olsen wields a one-two punch of psychological suspense, as his trademark parallel plot follows the remorseless killer s manipulations while the humorous, sometimes touching rapport between Morck and Assad threatens to steal the show. A must for procedural devotees and fans of Scandinavian mysteries." "Booklist "Starred Review
All the requisite Adler-Olsen hallmarks are on display here: the easy camaraderie of the investigative team; great moments of humor; and Morck s crotchety disposition. It helps to read the series in order, but these books are so good that it s no hardship to start at the beginning. "Bookpage"
An intriguing read for devoted fans. "Library Journal"
Simultaneously sardonic and funny. "Sacramento Bee"
This book is not for the faint of heart, but for readers who enjoy dark humor and wisecracking heroes and heroines, you ll love Department Q. "Suspense Magazine"
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. GQ.com