One of the best audibooks I've heard. Its a Danish detective novel with a political sub-plot - similar to the brilliant "The Killing" Danish TV series..Show More ».
Read superbly by Steven Pacey - one of my favourite narrators. In fact I originally chose this book mainly due to his excellent narration of the marvelous Joe Abercrombie books which I've recently finished.
So glad I did. Just downloaded the sequel - for the continuing story of Dept Q..
Not quite as dark as Mankell, not quite as horrific or convoluted as Larsson, yet as gripping as either and with superbly rounded characters who leave..Show More » you wanting to read more. I read 'Mercy' first, which led me to read this; this one stands alone, though you'll have a better insight into the members of Department Q if you start with 'Mercy'.
Unusually, and quite unlike 'Mercy', we know the identity of the criminals from very early on. This in no way detracts from the suspense, and this was one of those audio books which led me to be late for things as I had to keep reading. I was completely hooked, and am waiting for Audible to bring us the next two titles involving Department Q asap!
The best in the Department Q series so far. Not as horrific as the first novel and not as bloated as the second installment. A good mix between humour..Show More » and tension as we revisit the quirky characters of the Department Q team, some of whom themselves are shrouded in mystery. An old message, written in blood, is found in a bottle floating off the coast of Scotland. Scottish forensics discovers the message is in Danish and the bottle is sent to the Copenhagen Police, where it lands on the large pile of cold cases languishing in Department Q. While the reader knows the back story of the message and that the killer is still at large, the tension builds as the Department Q team slowly piece the story surrounding the message together. The listener waits with abated breath for the team to connect the dots and make the breakthrough and when it happens the pace is taken up a notch with a very tense race against time. An excellent third installment to a very enjoyable series. As always Steven Pacey's narration is superb. I must have made quite a spectacle of myself in traffic, jumping up and down in the car, shouting and waving my fists at the radio! Loved listening to this one.
Carl is back, he is acerbic, stressed and reluctant to investigate like no other police detective before but Assad and Rose keep on pushing him into n..Show More »ew cases, and the complications of his personal life keep him working to avoid decisions. This creates the unusual humour that keeps the story from being just darkness. The plot is well developed and the characters are all (old and new) well rounded and interesting, for me only Assad pushes the envelop a little too far, apart from that, this is good storytelling that delivers a balance of humour and serious topics of social commentary with some procedural elements. If you liked the other four book this one will not disappoint, it adds to the series and delivers a new story that travels from Africa to Europe and even delivers a new character that was heroic and likeable.
The reader is excellent and brings back all the old characterisations, and a few new ones.
I love the department Q books but for me, this book was seriously let down by the choice of narrator. Don't know why Jussi has gone with a different n..Show More »arrator from the previous books but not a good choice. I won't be listening to any future department Q books if Graeme Malcolm is going to be the narrator. Bring back Steven Pacey.