The story is kind of split in two. Most of the second theme, the Pirjo/Atu 'story' is way too developed and bogs things down quite a bit. The book could have been shorter and tighter without all that filler.
Normally, I enjoy Dept. Q books. I don't know what is wrong with this one except that every time I sit down to read it I fall asleep--even at noon with a cup of coffee in my hand. Morck seems to go on and on about nothing. The cult is the most uninteresting cult in the creation of fictional cults, and even Assad can't hold my attention. Read harry Bosch instead.
not as good as the previous ones in series. too much detail re their day to day operations. not enough mention of secondary characters as in the previous ones. dept q team much more entertaining in previous ones.
As other commenters have mentioned, this installment in the series is not as good as the first couple but if you like the series, you'll probably like it. If you haven't read the others you might be lost in this one. Tons of things from the past are mentioned with little or no explanation e.g. Carl's ex-wife, what happened to him and Hardy, who Hardy even is etc. There was a rather high body count in this one and a large and unrealistic number of female murderers. Also, those females all seemed obsessed by sex and especially sex with one particular man. I think women have very different motivations than men when it comes to murder.
Not nearly as dark as the previous ones, but just as intriguing figuring out who really did it and what lengths people are willing to go through to get their "perfect" ending. Hints about Carl's and Assad's past abound.
Not as well crafted as "The Keeper of Lost Causes" nor "The Absent One," but satisfying. Adler-Olsen does flesh out Carl in this one, as there is a plot line involving his cousin and father. He also hints a bit at Assad's prior life. Denouement was a bit disappointing and predictable, but this novel is not without moments of humor or pathos.
3.5 stars - plot was interesting but a little outlandish. Characters are well developed especially those in Dept Q. The Scandinavians do seem to know how to write dark police novels.
I enjoyed this latest Department Q book and look forward to the next instalment. Good read!! Enjoyable!!
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