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The Purity of Vengeance (Department Q Novels)by Jussi Adler-olsen
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International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times bestselling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences.
In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.
More than twenty years later, Detective Carl Mørck already has plenty on his mind when he is presented with the case of a brothel owner, a woman named Rita, who went missing in the eighties: New evidence has emerged in the case that destroyed the lives of his two partners—the case that sent Carl to Department Q.
But when Carls assistants, Assad and Rose, learn that numerous other people disappeared around the same weekend as Rita, Carl takes notice. As they sift through the disappearances, they get closer and closer to Curt Wad, who is more determined than ever to see the vision of his youth take hold and whose brutal treatment of Nete and others like her is only one small part of his capacity for evil.
With The Purity of Vengeance, Jussi Adler-Olsen delivers a thrilling and shocking addition to his bestselling Department Q series.
"In the fourth entry in Adler-Olsen's Department Q series,Â brilliant but hapless head detective Carl MÃ¸rck and his assistants — the feisty, demanding Rose and the devious Assad — are faced with a multiple-murder cold case dating back to the 1950s. That's when Curt Wad, a closet fascist, performed secret involuntary abortions and sterilizations on 'the unfit.' Surprisingly, Adler-Olsen manages to mix humor into a novel with such a dark back-story. Chief among the amusements are the extended effects a flu virus has on the department, which the author presents in painfully funny detail, and MÃ¸rck's continuous victimization at the hands of his degenerate cousin. Both are enhanced by narrator Malcolm whoÂ treatsÂ a description of a bright red, leaky nose with the same crisp approach he might use for a Shakespearean sonnet. Malcolm presents the perennially sighing MÃ¸rck with a voice that fluctuates from despairing to wistfulÂ to cautiously hopeful, marked by swiftly dissipatingÂ moments of elation. There's aÂ tinge of amusementÂ in Rose's shrill and angry commands. And the virus-infected Assad speaks with a subdued voice that'sÂ filtered through a stuffyÂ nose. Malcolm is just as effective in rendering the novel's more serious sections, capturing the smarmy unction and unbridled evil of Wad. A Dutton hardcover. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe and have sold more than fifteen million copies around the world. His many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards include the Glass Key Award, also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesb�, Stieg Larsson, and Peter H�eg.
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