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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one from up north, 5 Feb 2012
This review is from: Mercy (Department Q 1) (Kindle Edition)
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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