A Conspiracy of Faith

(Department Q, Bk. 3). 12 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 16 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781611761627. $39.95; digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarAn intriguing message in a bottle motivates Det. Carl Mørck's assistants Assad and Rose to look further. Is it a prank from 20 years ago or a desperate cry for help? Though no related cold case exists, his determined assistants push Carl into the search for what turns out to be multiple crimes by a diabolical serial killer. This latest series entry (after The Absent One) is given an outstanding reading by Graeme Malcolm. This is an extraordinary mystery by a writer at the top of his game. The translation by Martin Aitken captures the ironic nuances of police and government bureaucracy, the terrors of victims and captives, the subtleties of racism and sexism, and the excitement of dangerous chases and confrontations.
VERDICT This adult audio, with its moments of laugh-out-loud humor, is a must for adult fiction collections. ["This series has enough twists to captivate contemporary mystery readers and enough substance and background to entertain readers with historical and literary tastes," read the starred review of the Dutton hc, LJ 3/15/13.—Ed.]
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