The Purity of Vengeance

(Department Q, Bk. 4). 11 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781611762396. $39.95; Playaway digital; digital download. F
The latest entry in Adler-Olsen's series (after A Conspiracy of Faith) does not disappoint. Set in Denmark, the novel moves in time among the 1950s, 1987, and the present, drawing readers in and concluding with a tense, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat ending. Brilliant, brooding Det. Carl Morck once more commands his assistants Assad and Rose on a case that exposes the brutal treatment of a young woman, Nete Hermansen, in the 1950s and numerous people who disappeared as a result of her quest for vengeance. A stark portrayal of the danger of mixing politics with morality, the horrific tale is mitigated by Adler-Olsen's ability to use humor in the most unexpected places. The series takes listeners into dark areas of the government, our daily lives, our work, and our innermost selves. Narrator Graeme Malcolm is excellent.
VERDICT Recommend to fans of Jo Nesbø, Karin Fossum, and Camilla Läckberg. ["An uneasy mix of comedy (far too much of it bathroom humor) and suspense," read the review of the Dutton hc, LJ 11/1/13.]
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