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Victim 2117: A Department Q Novel

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.]

The Washington Decree

As with Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here, this nightmarish portrait reveals how easily democracy can slide into autocracy, scaring the apathy out of readers. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/18.]

The Scarred Woman

The seventh book in the best-selling "Department Q" series finds Copenhagen Det...

The Hanging Girl

While the plot is as intricate as expected in a Department Q novel (The Marco Effect ), the story itself becomes bogged down and overly complex, leading to a less rewarding read than previous books in the series. Still, added insight into Assad's background will make this an intriguing read for devoted fans. [See Prepub Alert, 3/16/15.]

The Marco Effect

Recommended for series fans and listeners who enjoy Scandinavian crime fiction.

The Alphabet House

Published for the first time in the United States, crime writer Adler-Olsen's (The Keeper of Lost Causes) 1997 debut was inspired by the experience of the author's father as a senior consultant in psychiatry at numerous mental hospitals in Denmark. But the extensive details of life in an asylum, where playing mental charades was not uncommon during the war, bog down the book's first half. Furthermore, the narrative doesn't introduce enough interaction between Bryan and James at the beginning to convince readers of the special friendship upon which the entire story is based. [See Prepub Alert, 8/18/14.]

The Purity of Vengeance

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.]

The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

While the other adventures starring Mørck balanced the light and dark well, this fourth installment (after A Conspiracy of Faith) of Adler-Olsen's "Department Q" series is an uneasy mix of comedy (far too much of it bathroom humor) and suspense. Furthermore, the horrors heaped upon Nete and the all-powerful evilness of Wad are over the top. That said, it's hard to put this one down, even when one can predict certain plot twists. Told in alternating chapters that toggle between past and present, protagonist and antagonist, this title still has a lot to offer to fans of Scandinavian procedurals, grumpy heroes, and hilariously dysfunctional workmates. [See Prepub Alert, 7/15/13.]

A Conspiracy of Faith

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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