The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

Kobo ebook | December 31, 2013

byJussi Adler-Olsen

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The fourth book in his Department Q series, New York Times bestselling author and Denmark’s #1 crime writer Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with Detective Carl Mørck’s most sinister case yet.
 
In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her—especially Curt Wad, a surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in the 1950s.
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 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. Sifting through the evidence, they inch closer to Curt Wad, who is still committed to his twisted beliefs, and whose treatment of Nete only hints at his capacity for evil.

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The fourth book in his Department Q series, New York Times bestselling author and Denmark’s #1 crime writer Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with Detective Carl Mørck’s most sinister case yet. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her—especially Curt Wad, a surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in the 1950s.More than twenty years later, Detective Carl Mørck alr...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 31, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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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