MYSTERY

Victim 2117: A Department Q Novel

Dutton. (Department Q, Bk. 8). Mar. 2020. 480p. ISBN 9781524742553. $28. THRILLER
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In Adler-Olsen’s eighth “Department Q” story (after The Scarred Woman), the team races against time to thwart two terrorist plots—one domestic, one international. It begins on a beach in Cyprus, where hundreds of Syrian refugees wash ashore from a capsized escape vessel. The death of an unidentified refugee—the titular Victim 2117—sparks an investigation by Department Q, Copenhagen’s cold case division. Meanwhile, a reclusive teenager is threatening to murder his parents and anyone else who crosses his path as soon as he hits a milestone death count in his favorite video game, and a terrorist cell of suicide bombers are bent on sowing chaos across Germany and Belgium. Both seemingly unrelated cases are connected to Assad, one of Q’s own members, and their investigations force him to reconcile with his secret past.
VERDICT There’s not a lot in the way of rich descriptions or subtle character development in this plot-driven page-turner, but fans of the series will cheer to once again ride along with this band of Danish police. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/19.]

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