Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q series, with more
than fourteen million copies sold worldwide, continues with the
most chilling cold case yet.
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 partnersthe case that sent Carl to Department Q.
But when Carl's 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