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Jussi Adler-Olsen
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27 Feb 2014

Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian crime thriller.

1987. Nete Rosen thought she'd put her traumatic youth behind her. Her caring foster parents and loving husband helped her start again. However, when a man from her past reappears one night, Nete's new life could be shattered.

But she won't be drawn back into that nightmare - she won't be a victim again...

2010. Detective Carl Mørck from Copenhagen's cold case division is looking into the disappearance of Rita Nielsen, an escort agency owner. The investigation reveals that Rita is only one piece of the puzzle.

Because this is not a one-off incident - but part of a disturbing pattern which has been hidden from prying eyes for over twenty years...

'Gripping storytelling' Guardian

'Engrossing' Sunday Express

'As impressive as it is unnerving' Independent

Jussi Adler-Olsen was born in Copenhagen and worked as a magazine editor and publisher before starting to write fiction. Mercy and Disgrace are the first two 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.


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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405909781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405909785
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adler-Olsen is the new "it" boy of Nordic Noir (The Times)

Engrossing (Sunday Express)

This is your methadone if you enjoyed The Killing and found it overwhelmingly addictive (BBC Radio 2 Claudia Winkleman Arts Show)

Grippingly different (The Times)

About the Author

Jussi Adler-Olsen was born in Copenhagen and worked as a magazine editor and publisher before starting to write fiction. Mercy and Disgrace are the first two 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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars creepy and most memorable 6 Mar 2014
By cartoon
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From the brilliant Mercy [ a story that still sends a chill to my memory when I wake in the night ] Olsen has been one of my favourite stand out writers . I sometimes do not get some of the humour re race/ toilet jokes but maybe that is a Danish translation thing . Here I a really creepy story about revenge and supremacy and power . From the first scene when Nete attends a banquet with her husband and bumps into some one from her past that she doesnot want to see , I can feel a scream building in my throat . A marvellous thriller , very visual and with a shocking scene towards the end to keep me awake .
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I love this series! I did find this one a bit different than the previous ones thus had a slow start but once I got into the plot it was great reading from then on. The difference here is that it isn't quite the same type of crime story/investigation. The reader knew what was going on as the narrative switched from the real-time events in the past of the crime being committed and the current events of the Carl's Q squad investigation. There's also a third narrative which goes even further back in history to the perpetrator's backstory. It isn't until quite close to the end that the reader is given a twist and a shock and we are finally surprised with something. While I do find the mystery of not knowing the perpetrator more exciting, I can also enjoy this type of presentation as well, as we watch how the police manage to track down the person we know who is hiding. I must say I also found the theme of this book, forced abortions and eugenics, highly thought-provoking. I am pro-life and with both of these issues no less prevalent in today's world than they were in the '50s was very well-pleased with how the subject was handled. The last book concentrated on Rose, giving us insight into her character. Now, this 4th book, concentrates on Hassad. He is such a mysterious character that we aren't exactly given any answers but we are shown more of him and his character allowing our thoughts and speculation to being that much closer to the truth. Originally, this was promoted as a four book series but with the ending of this book, it is obvious a sequel will be continuing the story and I would really hope we have many more yet to come!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A long tale of revenge 29 Mar 2014
By Michael Watson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The author's fourth book to feature Depatrtment Q's Carl Morck is every bit as good as the the three previous novels.

There are two stories intertwined and it is this which, for me, rather spoils the flow of the book.

1987 was a bad year for Nete Rosen. It shouldn't have been but when a certain Curt Wad appears from the past, her life changes for ever.

Meanwhile in 2010 Morck is doing his job, this time looking into the disappearance of an escort agency owner. As this investigation progresses, there are further missing people to be accounted for. And then there is the man, Curt Wad, now in his eighties and the leader of a very right-wing political party hoping for their first members of parliament. Hidden beneath all this is a very disturbing undertow of abortions, steralizations and the horrific idea of 'untermenschen'.

The story flits back to Nete's earlier life and her desire to escape her institutionalisation, the several people who cause her further trouble all of which moves seamlessly to her plan for revenge in 2010, a plan which requires the killing of those who have hurt her, which includes Curt Wad.

When Morck and his small team in the Department are following up leads, the story moves along very well. Assad, Morck's righthand man, plays a larger role this time - fortunately - but as we continue to go back in time, this starts to niggle until, eventually, it becomes downright annoying as the finale approaches.

But before all that, this is a very good police procedural with a good background into Carl's social life. The author has a fine take on how the police work, how there is, as ever, interdepartmental rivalry though none of this gets in the way of the basic story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the last one 4 May 2014
By Daisy
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After a slow start, 'Guilt' was gripping. For me, 'Mercy' is the best of this excellent series by a country mile and this offering is not in that league but still worth a read.

On the negative side, the shifting time lines and sheer number of characters was confusing and some of the language was stilted and unnatural: 'you must be sick in the noddle'.....'who else have you cavorted with?' But the subject matter - eugenics - was fascinating and the story well-told. The ending was a surprise, too.

3.5 stars from me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another sleepless night! 2 Mar 2014
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what else can i say? a masterpiece of writing that i had to finish in one sitting, can't wait for q5!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one 23 Jun 2014
By AJ MAY
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I originally found the department Q books by mistake. I'm really glad I did
I love the way the plot unfolds and the different time zones comes together. The tension always builds as the past and present eventually collide
On the one hand the novels are quite dark but there is always plenty of humour, particularity between Mork. Assad and Rose.
Looking forward to the next one
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing 12 Jun 2014
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The flashbacks and forwards were at first disconcerting but once you get userd to it, a story is revealed. the usual formulaic detective, a bit cynical, with personal problems etc. but it kept me gripped and wanting to read on despite sometimes being tired. Somewhat of a slightly improbable plot, maybe, or we hope, but with a nice twist at the end
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, as expected.
Can't wait to see what he publishes next. All 4 of the Dept Q novels are truly unputdownable.
Published 18 hours ago by Sheila Hornsby
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm guilty
I'm guilty of sitting up all night reading this book like all his other book you can't put them down fantastic read
Published 1 day ago by henry dempsey
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Really gruesome without being gratuitous and funny funny. Love all the characters. A bit addictive so enjoy.
Published 1 day ago by 3turn
1.0 out of 5 stars Let down by the writing style.
I've enjoyed other stories by this writer, but in the case of 'Guilt' I got no further then the first 40 pages. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Hillwalker
5.0 out of 5 stars ... it for any future readers but I would highly recommend not only...
Wow what can I say I've read all Department Q books so far and this story blew me away I won't spoil it for any future readers but I would highly recommend not only this book but... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Misti Bluemoon
1.0 out of 5 stars the plot was good so I did read it to the end but ...
This book did not have the same depth as other Scandinavian writers manage. The translation into English did not help, much too colloquial. Read more
Published 15 days ago by desumart
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, though not dept Q's finest
A slow start, and not as gripping as the earlier books in the series, but a worthwhile read.
Published 18 days ago by Mr. A. J. Lake
5.0 out of 5 stars Department Q at its best!
Best of the Department Q series so far! A little more humour added to the mix. Full of intrigue as the investigation progresses, from the discovery of a message in a bottle to the... Read more
Published 19 days ago by rubydoodle
5.0 out of 5 stars scandinavians are good story tellers
great read and will buy more
Published 24 days ago by buyer2
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent as always,
Published 25 days ago by Mary Hooper
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