The master of the Nordic thriller returns with the seventh instalment of the gripping Department Q series.
A NO. 1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
OVER 18 MILLION COPIES SOLD
WINNER OF THE GLASS KEY AWARD
Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with his most captivating and suspenseful novel yet...
In a Copenhagen park the body of an elderly woman is discovered. Though the case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide from over a decade ago, the police cannot find any connection between the two victims. Across town a group of young women are being hunted down. The attacks seem random, but could these brutal acts of violence be related? Detective Carl Morck of Department Q is charged with solving the mystery.
Back at headquarters, Carl and his team are under pressure to deliver results: failure to meet his superiors' expectations will mean the end of Department Q. Solving the case, however, is not their only concern. After a breakdown, their colleague Rose is struggling to deal with the ghosts of her past - a past seemingly connected to one of the division's most sinister case-files. It is up to Carl, Assad and Gordon to unearth the dark and violent truth plaguing Rose before it is too late.
Translated by William Frost
Perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.
Scandinavian crime novels don't get much darker than Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q police procedurals - New York Times Book Review
The new "it" boy of Nordic Noir - Times
Gripping story-telling - Guardian
Adler-Olsen's prose is superior to Larsson's, his tortures are less discomfiting, and he has a sense of humour - Booklist on Mercy
[A] sordid tale . . . inspired by actual events during a dark period of Danish history. Ah, but there is more, so much more in this frenzied thriller - New York Times on Guilt
Mesmerising writing - Independent
Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's number one crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe and have sold more than eighteen million copies around the world. His many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards include the Glass Key Award, also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson.