The Purity Of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

by Olsen Jussi Adler

DUTTON ADULT | June 30, 2015 | Hardcover

The Purity Of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
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 partners—the 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 evil.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 512 pages, 9.32 × 6.29 × 1.62 in

Published: June 30, 2015

Publisher: DUTTON ADULT

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525954015

ISBN - 13: 9780525954019

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought-Provoking Case Centres on Eugenics and Forced Abortions I love this series! I did find this one a bit different than the previous ones thus had a slow start but once I got into the plot it was great reading from then on. The difference here is that it isn't quite the same type of crime story/investigation. The reader knew what was going on as the narrative switched from the real-time events in the past of the crime being committed and the current events of the Carl's Q squad investigation. There's also a third narrative which goes even further back in history to the perpetrator's backstory. It isn't until quite close to the end that the reader is given a twist and a shock and we are finally surprised with something. While I do find the mystery of not knowing the perpetrator more exciting, I can also enjoy this type of presentation as well, as we watch how the police manage to track down the person we know who is hiding. I must say I also found the theme of this book, forced abortions and eugenics, highly thought-provoking. I am pro-life and with both of these issues no less prevalent in today's world than they were in the '50s was very well-pleased with how the subject was handled. The last book concentrated on Rose, giving us insight into her character. Now, this 4th book, concentrates on Hassad. He is such a mysterious character that we aren't exactly given any answers but we are shown more of him and his character allowing our thoughts and speculation to being that much closer to the truth. Originally, this was promoted as a four book series but with the ending of this book, it is obvious a sequel will be continuing the story and I would really hope we have many more yet to come!
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This book certainly was captivating from the begining. I almost read it in one sitting. The book is both exciting, shocking, entertaining and humorous. Some of the events are quite schocking especially the mistreatment of Nete. Some of the events surrounding Carl and conversations he has really made me smile or chuckle. Although some heavy themes are handled, like mistreatment of women in the not too distant past, the rise of populist parties in Europe, and of course the theme of revenge, the book never becomes heavy-handed. Still the treatment of these themes to my disstatifaction was a bit shallow. I did not really gain deeper insights in the problems mentioned from this book. Take for instance the theme of revenge. Although there is a moment Nete doubts her course of action when one of her victims shows remorse, it seems she never doubts whether revenge actually solves anything let alone whether it really gives the possiblity to start with a clean slate. The writer avoids an overly simplistic black and white sheme, for instance in showing that Nete is capable of quite gruesome deeds, and that Curt Wad is capable of loving his wife. Still both Nete and Curt do never seem to feel something of a dilemma. The plot of the book has both strong and weak elements. The denouement really took me by surprise and was very creative. However there is some lack of psychological realism and credibility there. [Spoiler alert] Is it credible that an alcoholic could live for 20 years entirely on her own (without any contacts with either family or friends) without starting to neglect herself or her house or without Korsakoff's disease setting in. Is it credible that Nete, who has wonderful foster parents who rescued her from a horrible life would simply lose contact with them? Well, I don't know, but in the end the plot is not really satisfying to my taste. Maybe the biggest drawback of the book is it coarse language. Well, I understand that this contributes to the drawing of the atmosphere, but this aim would also have been reached by a cutback of 90% of foul language.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something New in the Mystery Genre Jussi Adler-Olsen is a Danish author with a huge following right across Europe. I have been enjoying the Department Q series since it first arrived here in North America and each time another is released I have to read it right away. I have enjoyed all the books and am always amazed how each book is better than the last......the translation is excellent and so smooth it would never cross your mind you were reading a translation. If you like lots of action, well defined characters, and some quirky humor and a lovely twisted surprise at the end, then this series is for you......enjoy!!!!
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Purity of Vengence-ADept Q Novel This novel never drags or misses as the Dept Q team try to resolve a set of multiple disappearences that all took place on the same day in 1987. Lots of surprises and action.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great absorbing read! Love this author. Every new release better than the last. Characters come to life again. This is one you won't want to put down until the very end, then you'll wish you had the next installment.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Purity of Vengeance Department Q novels just keep getting better and better. I could not put this one down. All of the main characters are still flawed but exhibit strengths that make you love them and want more.
Date published: 2014-01-23

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The Purity Of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

The Purity Of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

by Olsen Jussi Adler

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 512 pages, 9.32 × 6.29 × 1.62 in

Published: June 30, 2015

Publisher: DUTTON ADULT

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525954015

ISBN - 13: 9780525954019

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***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof.***Copyright © 2013 by Jussi Adler-OlsenTranslation copyright © by Martin AitkenPROLOGUENovember 1985The feeling could get the better of her in an unguarded moment. The cool, delicate champagne glass between her fingers, the hum of voices, and the light hand of her husband at her waist. Apart from being in love, only brief flashbacks of a distant childhood reminded her of it. The security of her grandmother’s chatter. Subdued laughter as she fell into a slumber. The laughter of people long since gone. Nete pressed her lips together to stem the emotion. Sometimes it got the better of her. She collected herself and gazed out upon the palette of colorful eve­ning gowns and proud figures. The celebratory banquet in honor of the Danish recipient of the year’s Nordic Prize for Medicine had drawn many guests. Scholars, physicians, pillars of society. Circles into which she cer­tainly hadn’t been born but in which she nevertheless had come to feel increasingly comfortable as the years passed. She took a deep breath and was about to let out a contented sigh when she became acutely aware that a pair of eyes had latched onto her through the array of festive coiffures and men in tight bow ties. The inexplicable, unsettling charges of electricity only ever emitted by eyes that wished no good. Instinctively she moved aside, like a hunted animal seeking cover in undergrowth. She put her hand on her husband’s arm and tried to smile as her
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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 partners—the 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 evil.

About the Author

JUSSI ADLER-OLSEN is Denmark’s #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe and have sold more than fourteen 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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Purity of Vengeance“[A] sordid tale… inspired by actual events during a dark period of Danish history. Ah, but there more, so much more in this frenzied thriller…” -The New York Times Book Review"The Purity of Vengeance is an enjoyable and eye-opening way to learn about the real Scandinavia, a story so outrageous that not even the best mystery writer can make it up." - The Boston Globe “When your series relies on cold cases, it’s not always easy to craft plots that have both historical interest and an air of urgency, but it’s something Adler-Olsen is very good at.” - Booklist"Adler-Olsen merges story lines...with ingenious aplomb, effortlessly mixing hilarities with horrors...This crime fiction tour de force could only have been devised by an author who can even turn stomach flu into a belly laugh." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Another accomplished exercise in three-decker suspense" - Kirkus Reviews"Surprises, twists and turns galore" - Bookreporter.com “This series has enough twists to captivate contemporary mystery readers and enough substance and background to entertain readers with historical and literary tastes.”—Library Journal (starred review) on A Conspiracy of Faith"From the busy efforts of forensics to some riveting train-and-car chasing near the end, there is no lack of action in A Conspiracy of Faith."—Houston Chronicle“A shattering parable of honest individuals caught up in the corruption of our times.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on
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