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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Windsor; Large type edition edition (6 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445871181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445871189
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The new "it" boy of Nordic Noir (The Times)

Gripping story-telling (Guardian)

This pitch-black novel will have readers hungry for more (Independent) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 three 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By DebB VINE VOICE on 10 May 2011
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This is good, although both I and my other half who read it before me both found the beginning poor. He didn't like the very quick time changes, but those soon settle down, and I thought the translation was a bit clunky, although flicking back now I can't find anything specific to quote! HOWEVER, that all disappears and this quickly settles down into a gripping, well paced, interesting book, with a scary story line and the odd unexpected lift of humour.
I liked our battered, stressed, damaged hero, loved his sidekick who started out as a bit of light entertainment, but acquired depth and character towards the end - and left unanswered questions, such as who was he, and how the heck did he get the job in the first place? The "heroine" is one tough cookie, and I read her chapters with as much interest and anticipation as I did the others - the author's trick of sliding her time line up to meet the book's present day created a gradual increase in tension that kept me seriously interested in what happened next.
So - I recommend this, I will be passing it onto other friends and family, and I'll keep an eye open for other work from this author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Jun 2011
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'Mercy' contains all the correct ingredients to become a classic Scandinavian crime thriller. The lead detective is an on-the-edge maverick and soon is saddled with a quirky-yet-indispensible assistant. Sidelined into a pointless Police dept, they start peeling back the layers of what seems to be an old, cold case... and it suddenly comes alive.
Meanwhile, the action swaps to the appalling predicament of a young woman, kidnapped, brutalised and imprisoned. Her captors intend to kill her in a most unpleasant way, and the tension of her incarceration stretches taut throughout the novel. The final chapters race past as you scamper to the end to see what happens, and whether she can actually be rescued from the appalling prison in which she has spent years -- dazzled by bright light, or plunged into absolute darkness.
Although I didn't much warm to the character of the main protagonist, the has-been, irrascible detective, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot (even its far-fetched moments) and his intriguing assistant. After a slightly slow beginning -- this novel takes its time to establish the key characters and drags a little in the opening quarter -- the pace picks up and the story soon became compelling. (Had an extra-long bath to finish it!).
There are quite a few moments of bleak and sinister chills, lightened by an underlying thread of humour and not-too-much background domestic aggravation. Overall, 'Mercy' is a very competant and enjoyable thriller, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
8/10
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By johnverp on 5 Feb 2012
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Carl, a grumpy but likeable detective, is given a basement office to head up a new department which is to work on cold cases. Assad, an alleged Syrian refugee, who is not a policeman, is assigned to help him. The first case they work on is the disappearance of a female politician some 5 years earlier.

This is a good, well-constructed and well-delivered story. It is related in the third person and switches between 2002 (the disappearance) and 2007 (the cold-case investigation) pretty seamlessly. I think observations in some reviews that Adler-Olsen is a poor man's Larsson and that the translation effort was poor are unfair and overly critical. I actually believe the translator did well in drawing on common English sayings to get equivalent meanings across. The reader is required to stretch her/his imagination a little but we do not have nonsense-overload here.

There were a couple of typos in the Kindle version but not serious enough to annoy.

Adler-Olsen has done enough with this book to get me interested in any sequels which may emerge - the plot and story-telling here kept me happy and I would also like to see how some some smaller open matters from this one are dealt with. 9/10
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Wright VINE VOICE on 16 Jun 2011
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Mercy is the first of a trilogy of `Department Q' thrillers and an English debut for Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen. This book will suffer comparisons with the Millennium Trilogy - unfairly in my opinion - but it is a good book in its own right and a promising start to the trilogy.

The story begins with a brief prologue, depicting an unknown woman scratching at a concrete wall and trying to work out how to escape, how to survive in the dark. The first chapter then gives the first glimpse of Carl Mørck, the `hero' - though perhaps anti-hero is more fitting; a temperamental, often infuriating detective with a troubled past, considered lazy and disliked by his colleagues in the Copenhagen police department. He is `promoted' to Head of Department Q - a department in which he is the sole member of staff - and given a pile of unsolved case files, tasked with solving these mysteries long after the trail has gone cold. He picks the file on Merete Lynngaard, who disappeared 5 years earlier and was thought dead after a bungled police effort to find her.

As a police procedural, the story does not tread much new ground, though Merete's prison is a novel idea and one that helps create tension. The novel is told from different view points and times, helping to keep it varied and hold the reader's interest. However, as a procedural, at times the pace slows - particularly in the middle section - as the trail runs cold; at these moments the reader shares the same frustrations as the detectives. Fortunately it picks up again and the final few chapters are unrelenting.

This is a strong opening to the trilogy, and I am keen to read the next books.
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