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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142180815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142180815
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.7 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Title: A Conspiracy of Faith( A Department Q Novel) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: JussiAdler-Olsen <>Publisher: PlumeBooks

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mikey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
A word of warning. This book is the summer 2013 United States release of the UK released REDEMPTION from summer 2013. This version has the title A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH and if you have already read or bought REDEMPTION, please AVOID this novel!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
(4.5 stars) Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen's third mystery to be translated into English continues the characters he introduced with The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One, both of which topped of best-seller lists in Europe for almost a year. Carl Morck, the lead detective of these novels, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of a shootout several years ago. His drinking does not help his attitude, nor does his unfortunate love life. His department has little use for him, having once described him as "lazy, surly, morose, always b-tching, and [constantly] treating his colleagues like crap." Relegated to "Department Q," created especially for him, he is assigned cold cases to keep him out of the way.

Alternating several points of view by sometimes unnamed characters, this unusually complex novel develops with remarkable speed even as it shifts among characters, time periods, and separate mysteries. In the Prologue, a kidnapped teenager, chained in a boathouse with his brother, fears he will be killed. Wounding himself with a sliver of wood, he writes a letter in blood begging for help, puts it into a bottle and drops it into the water. In the next episode, a young mother, whose husband has been at home only briefly in the past few months, wonders about his work and where he goes, suspecting that he is having an affair. The third episode introduces a policeman at the northern tip of Scotland, who has just received a bottle with a message inside, found by a fisherman. The next episode, shows the nonstop activities of the rest of the Copenhagen Police as they they try to control the gang wars and a series of arsons. Finally, a mystery man drives his Mercedes to North Jutland and hides it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
I try to avoid "spoilers" in what follows:

Cold cases are never so pertinent as when it turns out that the perpetrator of an "old" crime is discovered to be STILL OUT THERE and up to his deadly work, and in this case, there's a fascinatingly understandable reason why a pattern of crimes over a number of years has gone unnoticed -- it's because of the tight secrecy enjoined on the members of small religious sects who, when they are victimized, have no wish to publish their victimization, not even within the sect and far less to the police in an outside world that they distrust. So it's only by a neat coincidence that the particular crime dealt with here comes to the attention of Department Q at all. Satisfyingly, there's a connection between the psychopathology of the killer and his decision to prey on the small and secretive Danish religious communities from which his victims are chosen. Adler-Olsen reveals these connections over the course of a novel in which we have access to the killer's mind and memories and also to the inner lives of Carl Morck, the head of Department Q, as well as to the minds of a selected group of others who are connected to the killer. The suspense of the novel is generated by the pacing of the release of information from the consciousnesses of all these characters that keeps us wondering whether or not the killer will in fact be able to kill again. So the structure of points of view serves both as revelation of character and as suspenseful retardants of resolution of the plot -- and very effectively too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
The third book in the Department Q series by Adler-Olsen is a winner. Great characters--starting with world weary protagonist Detective Carl Morck and including his quirky and brilliant sidekick, Hafez el-Assad; new colleague, Rose whose dimensions multiply in the new story; and a villain of such unusual evil and cunning as to qualify as a true literary fiend.

Author Adler-Olsen has skillfully constructed an elaborate plot with an overlay of classic police procedural. The two elements work extremely well to cook up a mix of psychological tension and horror. The center of all this are the actions of a serial killer at work on a mission of revenge for his own abuse as a child at the hands of religious fanatics. The pace and tone of the story are near brilliant--it was one of those books that I couldn't leave often or for very long.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
When a bottle is washed up on a beach in Scotland, it is found to contain a message, mostly obliterated by time and damp, but with the Danish word for 'Help' still clearly showing at the top. This might have been dismissed as a joke except that the bottle also contains traces of blood. The age of the message marks this as a cold case, so it falls to the head of Copenhagen's Department Q, Carl Mørck, and his team to investigate. Enough of the message can be deciphered to suggest that it relates to a kidnapping, perhaps worse. But the case isn't as cold as Carl thinks, as the kidnapper is just about to repeat his crime...

This was my first introduction to Jussi Adler-Olsen and I was very impressed. The story is told in the third person from a variety of viewpoints. The author manages to create a good mix of humour mixed in with some really nail-biting suspense. There are some great action scenes, fast-paced and tense, together with some slower but no less interesting passages where Adler-Olsen lets the reader see inside the heads of the main players. His characterisation is very strong, both of villain and victims, and some of the scenes are quite harrowing, though he steers clear of being too graphic for the most part. Contrasted with this is the humour around the odd mix of people who make up Carl's team and family. It took me a while to get tuned in to these characters and some of them are undoubtedly a bit too eccentric to be quite realistic. However as I got to know them better, they grew on me - particularly Carl's main sidekick, his Syrian assistant Assad, who provides much of the book's humour.
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