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Dossier 64 (original 2010; edition 2012)

by Jussi Adler-Olsen

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The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen (2010)

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As with most translated Nordic mysteries I've read, The Purity of Vengeance has a good story, straightforward writing (due to translation, I assume), lots of introspection, and a nice conclusion. This is a good read with a twist or two at the end, and it's a worthwhile addition to the series.

The Purity of Vengeance, though, is about 100 pages too long. There are several subplots that add length, a bit too much character development, and attempts at humor that are often cringe-worthy. I don't know if it's lost in translation or what, but the author tries to inject levity throughout the book, usually in Morck's dealings with his subordinates, and it just doesn't work. I get the feeling he's watched a lot of American TV and is attempting to show us aspects of his characters' personalities through their repartee', but it became a minor irritant, at least to me.

I think the story itself, which does involve a large dose of vengeance for actions that took place over 50 years in the past, was sufficient to stand on its own. The field work, forensics, and investigative procedures seemed solid, and the flashing back and forth among events that occurred in three distinct periods (mid 50's, late 80s, and recently) was an effective approach. What seemed to be an old missing persons case turned into something much more complicated and far-reaching.

I personally find it interesting to read these foreign procedurals, since the actions of the police are often so different from what one would read about in an American novel (someone breaks into an important policeman's home, tries to burn it down, doesn't succeed but the situation is met with sort of a shrug by the cops??). The legal processes and court systems are likewise different, which also affects how the police go about their jobs. Others in the genre (Larsson, Nesbo, Torquil MacLeod, Mankell, Indrioason) tend to be more descriptive of their respective locales, but Adler-Olsen doesn't get into that very much. That's too bad- I could take a little more of that and less of the minor sub-plots in The Purity of Vengeance. It's a good novel, though not Adler-Olsen's best in this series. ( )
  gmmartz | Jun 21, 2016 |
This is the 4th Department Q book, and focussed on a set of linked disappearances from 1987, and the goings on of a sinister political party preaching eugenics. The police work was more to the fore than in books 2 and 3, and was more satisfying for that. We found out a few snippets more about grumpy Carl Morck's assistants, Rose and Assad; and trailing through the book is more about the story arc of how Carl and his colleagues came to be shot in a warehouse. This storyline does feel teased out a little too far though. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Department Q of the Copenhagen Police Department is headed up by Carl Mørck, who is still stuck in the basement working cold case files with his two assistants: Assad and Rose. Mørck is a rough-around-the-edges investigator whose personality in part has resulted in his exile. Assad is still mysterious and funny. No one really knows where he lives and it seems that he may be residing at work. Rose's multiple personalities make her extremely difficult to work with.

Rose has just found them a new cold case to work on involving the disappearance of several people on the same day in 1987. The link between the missing persons appears to be Nete Hermansen, an elderly woman with a disturbing past. Between 1923 and 1961, a number of women in Denmark who were deemed genetically inferior were institutionalized on an island called Sprogø. There they were subjected to forced abortions and sterilizations. Also connected to the investigation is a politician named Curt Wad, a retired physician turned politician who is reminiscent of Joseph Mengele. He's the head of the Purity Party and now on the verge of becoming a major force in Danish politics. Nete blames six people for the awful things she suffered in her life. In 1987 she wrote a letter to each of the six with a promise to make them wealthy. During the course of the investigation the reader will find out why.

The best part of this series is the interaction between Carl and those around him, especially Assad. As in previous books in this series, we continue to explore Carl's personal life. And what a horror his personal life is. He's trying to keep from screwing up his relationship with Mona, his ex-therapist. His long-estranged wife finally wants a divorce, his loser stepson is still living with him, along with Hardy, Carl's paralyzed former partner, and lodger Morton (and now Morton's new boyfriend).

As always Jussi Adler-Olsen delivers a great original mystery and I've enjoyed each and every one of them. This one took a little longer to get into and refers to events that happened in the first book of the series. I would recommend anyone interested in this series start with the first one: The Keeper of Lost Causes.

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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
I received an ARC copy through Goodreads.
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I would give it 3.75 stars.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up this book. This is the first book of the series that I have read. It took a while for me to get into the full swing of things as each chapter jumped between the past and present events. I admit, I was skeptical as to the direction the two "separate" stories were leading me. The more I read, the more I got into the novel. I enjoyed reading the different perspectives of the various characters that played a hand in Nete, Curt and Carl's lives.

The twist ending was totally unexpected and shocking, which totally takes this novel in a whole different direction. The whole concept of revenge after decades does raise a lot of questions... is it really worthwhile and what are the consequences? Sure, Nete deserves justice for everything that has happened to her, however she herself isn't exactly blameless in a sense either. So is her form of justice justified? To me it depends how you interpret her account of events that lead to her hard teenage life.

The mysterious background of Assad and the framing of Carl from a cold case really has me intrigued and curious to see find out more about them in the next book.

Would like to see some further development of some secondary characters and insights into Curt, who I find somewhat fascinating and repulsive at the same time. Since Curt plays such an important in society and Nete's life, I want to know more about him.

Overall, an interesting read with decent amount of mystery behind it. ( )
  Dream24 | Jan 6, 2016 |
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. ( )
  cjordan916 | Jan 4, 2016 |
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Terwijl Rose graaft in de dossiers van prostituee Rita, moeten Carl Morck en zijn collega Assad een moordzaak aanpakken. Al snel komen verdachte aanwijzingen boven water die leiden naar een geïsoleerd eiland waar vroeger vrouwen van lichte zeden werden gedeporteerd.
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International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, delivers his latest in the bestselling Department Q series, a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. 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 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. --… (more)

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