496 pages, 9.25 × 6.38 × 1.25 in
September 9, 2014
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0525954023
ISBN - 13: 9780525954026
Read from the Book
***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof***Copyright © 2014 Jussi Adler-OlsenPROLOGUEAutumn 2008Louis Fon’s last morning was as soft as a whisper.He sat up on the cot with sleep in his eyes and his mind still a muddle, patted the little one who had stroked his cheek, wiped the snot from the tip of her brown nose, and stuck his feet into his flip-flops on the stamped clay of the floor.He stretched, squinting at the light as the cackle of hens and the distant cries of boys as they cut bananas from the palms drifted into the sunbaked room.How peaceful it seemed as he took in the sharp aromas of the village. Only the songs of the Baka people when they gathered around their fires on the other side of the river could delight him more. As always, it felt good to return to the Dja region, and to the remote Bantu village of Somolomo.Behind the hut, children were at play, whirling up the dust from the red earth, shrill voices prompting congregations of weaver birds to burst from the surrounding treetops.He got to his feet and went toward the light that flooded in from the window, placing his elbows on the sill and beaming a smile at the girl’s mother who stood by the hut opposite and was about to sever the head of the day’s chicken.It was the last time Louis would ever smile.Some two hundred meters away a sinewy man and his escort appeared from the path by the palm grove, an ominous sign right from the start. He recognized Mbomo’s muscular frame from Yaoundé, but he had nev
From the Publisher
The New York Times and internationally bestselling author returns with an astonishing and sinister case for Department Q
All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body—proving the true extent of Zola’s criminal activities—he goes on the run. But his family members aren’t the only ones who’ll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent . . . forever.
Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Mørck needs is for his assistants, Assad and Rose, to pick up a missing persons case on a whim: Carl’s nemesis is his new boss, and he’s saddled Department Q with an unwelcome addition. But when they learn that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy. Carl’s actions propel the trio into a case that extends from Denmark to Africa, from embezzlers to child soldiers, from seemingly petty crime rings to the very darkest of cover-ups.
About the Author
JUSSI ADLER-OLSEN is Denmark’s #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books 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 Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg.
Praise for The Marco Effect"Engrossing...a roller coaster ride through Copenhagen's seedy underbelly." - Publishers Weekly“This series goes from triumph to triumph…This is the best book I’ve read in 2014 so far. Highly recommended.” - Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine"The Marco Effect works, because Marco is a compelling hero, the villains are truly odious, and Mørck and his quirky, savvy subordinates ultimately carry the day." - Booklist“If you like the dark humor, wisecracking, and layered betrayals of Raymond Chandler, then read Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series.” -Men's Journal "A tense, pleasurable read." - USA Today "[T]his Scandinavian crime series has enough twists and turns to keep readers enthralled in nail-biting suspense. The fast pace, intricate plot, and gritty style will appeal to fans of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch mysteries.” - Library Journal"Jussi Adler-Olsen has written a tense, riveting, suspenseful and quirky novel... The Marco Effect is, simply put, a gem." - Bookreporter.com "Once again, Adler-Olsen vividly portrays a country and its people with a compassionate and often humorous eye. Grade: A." - The Cleveland Plain DealerPraise for The Purity of Vengeance“[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…”— The New York Times Book Review“When your series relies on cold cases, it’s not always easy to craft plots that have both historical interest and an a