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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141399988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141399980
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,701 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 an alternate 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 is the first of 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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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2012
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Like others on this page, I`ve read "Mercy", the first novel in Adler-Olsen`s Department Q series, so it's with that perspective I`ll assess this follow-up. I won't trouble you with a long, unnecessary synopsis.
An apparently closed case-file mysteriously appears on Carl Mørck`s desk, leading to a re-opening of investigations which involve multiple murders and former pupils of an excusive school who are now in influential positions of Danish society; Mørck is determined to uncover the truth and find Kimmie, a key member of the group who has disappeared into Copenhagen's netherworld of drug addicts and down-and-outs.

This book consolidates the partnering of Mørck and Assad and adds another member to the team in the form of Rose, a secretary with police training; this new development speeds up the procedural parts of the story and introduces a different dynamic; Rose is a younger, feisty character whose presence irritates Mørck, but her value to the department is quickly demonstrated, despite his misgivings. This is likely to develop another interesting relationship strand in future novels; there are still hints as to Assad`s possibly murky past, and the incident that led to Mørck`s appointment to the department continues as a thread in the storyline. Mørck remains the lead character, still surly, but less indolent than in the previous book. The author clearly has a bigger background picture taking shape across the cycle.
"Disgrace" has a more conventionally structured plot, but has the same abrupt changes of scene and time-line that were present in Mercy - this seems to be a standard form for Adler-Olsen - but its easy to get used to; it's perhaps a better paced novel than the former, which relied heavily on the time-line device.
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By A. Milne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 May 2012
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This is the second novel featuring detective Carl Mørck - the first being Mercy where Department Q, which investigates cold cases, was introduced. I thoroughly enjoyed Mercy, so was interested to see if Jussi Adler-Olsen could continue to write in such a gripping fashion.

I think I actually enjoyed Disgrace more than Mercy. In this book the team end up looking into a cold case that, it would appear, lots of important people don't want revisited. It's never really a whodunnit for the reader as the perpetrators of the crime are well known to us from the beginning of the book...it's more a case of following to see whether Carl and Assad, (his sidekick), can put all the pieces of the puzzle together, fend off the people trying to stop their investigation and, ultimately, bring the culprits to justice. It's worth noting that the crimes detailed in Disgrace are a little disturbing as they are pretty sadistic - be warned if you're overly unsettled by things like this!

Although I really enjoyed this read, there were a couple of minor niggles this time that hopefully will be smoothed out in the next book. There is a new addition to the team who didn't quite sit right with me - hopefully Rose will fit in better next time, (or disappear!). Also, I found that, in Disgrace, Assad occasionally became a little bit annoying instead of being the light relief that he was in Mercy.

Overall, though, another great book - I will definitely be getting the next one! Recommended.
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I was enthusiastic about Adler-Olsen's first Department Q-series novel ("The Keeper of Lost Causes"/aka "Mercy" in the UK), and I eagerly bought this follow-up (also published as "The Absent One" in the USA). I was fearful of course that it might be a let-down, but I have been pleasantly confirmed in my hopes. No doubt about it, Adler-Olsen is a worthy heir to Stieg Larssen. Indeed, this second book is as good, or perhaps even better, than the first one. This time around, Carl Morck and his mysterious Syrian assistant Assad are joined by a new secretary, Rose, who adds a bit of variety to the story, also giving Morck a new target for his frustration (though adding little else to the story). As before, though, the heart of the book is in its two main characters, with both humor and mystery, and in the plot, an original, relentless page-turner just as before. Adler-Olsen uses a sort of "Colombo" technique, giving parallel story development to the "good guys" and the "bad guys", though here the we know more about the people Morck is chasing right from the start, and this perhaps may make it seem slower in development, less suspenseful than the first in the series, but again he ties things up with a bang at the end. The story will keep you on the edge of your seat as you wonder what will happen next and how it will all end. If you like entertaining and intelligent thrillers, then be sure not to miss this one! Of all the modish Scandivian "noir" writers, Adler-Olsen is the definitely the front-runner, several notches above the others in my opinion.
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A word of warning. This book is the August 2012 United States release of the UK released DISGRACE from June 2012. This version has the title THE ABSENT ONE and if you have already read or bought DISGRACE, please AVOID this novel!!
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I enjoyed 'Mercy', the first book to feature a rather attractive character in the unremarkable shape of Deputy Superintendent Carl Morck. Attractive in that he stands no nonsense, suffers his very small coterie of assistants beyond the call of duty, puts up with an ineffectual superior officer and lusts after his psychotherapist or maybe she's a psychologist or maybe she's a well... she is paid for straightening out Morck's mind whether it needs it or not.

And, to cap it all, he has to wrestle with a nasty bunch of people, all of them psychopaths, all of them now powerful figures in Danish society but who started their dreadful little habits at a boarding school some twenty years previously. Within the group is Kimmie, the only girl, sadistically abused by each of the boys and who now is out for revenge after one of the boys, now a bruising man, caused her to miscarry.

In point of fact, I had rather a soft spot for Kimmie. A girl, all alone in the Danish world, a mother dying early, a father disappearing to Monaco, a ghastly stepmother and a group of friends who encouraged her to commit acts of pure evil. Not that I'm excusing her actions in this book but she deserved a break in my view. She fights hard, reminding me somewhat of Lisbeth Salander of Tattoo infamy though any similarity to that trilogy remains no more than that.

It's a long book but you don't notice it. In fact, the end arrives far too quickly, always a good sign that this is a book which grips you tight, consumes you and spits you out having relished a darn good read.

In 'Mercy' Morck's little helper, a Syrian civilian named Assad plays a much more important role, as does another little helper called Rose who has a view of life unique to her - only don't get her tipsy or else!!
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