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Morck and Assad under pressure,
This review is from: Mercy (Department Q 1) (Paperback)
This Danish crime novel has most of the best ingredients of the genre plus a most unconventional character who you cannot fail to enjoy.
Detective Carl Morck and two colleagues have been shot and Carl is mentally disturbed by the event. Returning to work, he is deliberately isolated in a new department investigating old cases. The first is that of a female politician who disappeared years previously. Carl's investigation is sandwiched between the back-story of her horrifying, five year imprisonment. All this works well but it is the entrance of the other member of Carl's `team' that boosts the book above the average. Cleaner/driver and possible illegal immigrant, Assad, is a memorable creation from introduction and brilliantly provides comedy and narrative drive.