The New York Times and internationally
bestselling Danish crime writer Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with the
third thriller in his exhilarating Department Q
Detective Carl Mørck has received a bottle that holds an old and
decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two
young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After
floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat
forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the
seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was
analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't
they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?
Carl's investigation will force him to cross paths with a woman
stuck in a desperate marriage: Her husband refuses to tell her
where he goes, how long he will be away, what he does while he's
gone-or even what he does for a living. Isolated after choosing him
over family and friends, she waits for days on end, and when he
returns she must endure his wants, his moods, his threats. But
enough is enough. She will find out the truth, no matter the cost
to him-or to herself.
In this heart-pounding thriller, Carl and his colleagues Assad and
Rose must use every resource available to uncover the horrifying
truth set adrift in that bottle all those years ago.