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Dossier 64 (edition 2012)

by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Author)

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Contempt / The Purity Of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen

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Jussi Adler-Olsen’s new Department Q mystery weaves together a dark episode in Denmark’s past with a tale of long-delayed revenge.
In 1985, Nete Rosen had put behind her the horrors of her childhood and youth that climaxed with her becoming a ward of the state and being forcibly sterilized. But an encounter with Curt Wad, the doctor who started the process that almost destroyed her, ruins the happiness she’d found and almost kills her. Two years later, physically recovered but still emotionally devastated, Nete returns to her maiden name of Hermansen and creates a list of seven names. They are the people most responsible for the crimes committed against her when she was a teenager.
In 2010, Detective Carl Morck and his assistants – Rose, who occasionally takes on one of her sisters’ personalities, and Assad, whose life is an enigma – are given the cold case of a brothel owner who disappeared in 1987. As they dig, they find a startling pattern of six disappearances at the same time that are somehow tied to Dr. Curt Wad.
While in his 90’s, Wad is still vital and is on the verge of launching his Right-wing Purity Party as a force in Danish politics. Beneath that cover, though, Wad has waged a lifelong campaign against those he considers inferiors, and controls a network of true believers who preform unnecessary abortions and sterilizations on immigrants or low-class women. Department Q deals with cold cases that require special handling, and no case fits that better than the 1987 disappearances. Carl, Rose and Assad learn that there are people who want to prevent the investigation by any means, including murdering the detectives.
Adler-Olson weaves together the stories of Carl’s investigation, Nete’s revenge, and her youth in the 1950s, telling the concurrently in a way that both increases the novel’s poignancy and horror. It draws you in and grabs your attention, and won’t let go even after you turn the final page.

Reviewed by David Ingram for Suspense Magazine ( )
1 vote David_Ingram | Mar 12, 2014 |
Carl Morck, Department Q novel. Carl, Assad, and Rose investigate a disappearances of several people on the same day 25 years prior, which had never been linked before. It seems to be connected to a politician of a far right-wing party, and a scheme for of nonconsensual, illegal abortions and sterilizations of women who are deemed inferior.
Typical of the series and quite enjoyable. ( )
1 vote BillPilgrim | Feb 10, 2014 |
“Our work forestalling the birth of offspring unworthy of our nation, and preventing conception in women who might produce them, is the continuation of a long and honorable endeavor, and through this work all of us present have come to understand that indifference leads to nothing good.” (Ch 23)

Creepy, I know. The backstory of Adler-Olsen’s latest crime-fiction is set on the real Danish island of Sprogø in the 1960s. Nete Hermansen is intimately acquainted with Sprogø and its women’s institution, which uses the treatment of mental infirmity to disguise its covert and much more sinister practices – eugenics, social hygiene, sterilization. Nete is also intimately acquainted with Curt Wad, surgeon and political figure, founder of The Cause and the Purity Party. Wad heads Nete’s list of the six persons she charges with having destroyed her life.

Mørck and his team at Department Q have their hands full as they delve into more than a handful of suspicious deaths and disappearances, all cold cases, of course. But when the investigation leads them to Curt Wad and The Cause: Sinister now has a new face. And certainly it would not be Department Q if its own office was not in its usual uproar – between the criminal talents of Assad and the multiple-not-so-charming personalities of Rose, Mørck’s is challenged to keep the entire operation from becoming unhinged.

I continue to enjoy Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series, though I did not care for this one as much as previous novels. The story is definitely solid, but I found it tended to go on in places; a better editor might have done wonders. That said, I’ll be looking for Adler-Olsen’s next. ( )
4 vote lit_chick | Feb 9, 2014 |
This is the fourth translated book in this series. It is interesting that three of the books focus on a story line of women abused by people in power. This one focuses on a shameful practice of forced imprisonment and sterilization of girls deemed deviant, when really they were impoverished and did not have access to education and equal opportunity. As in the Absent One, the victim becomes the avenger. I was disappointed that she was not successful in the respect that she did not survive to see the results of the events she put in place. The members in Dept. Q continue to be interesting and are developing into people that we care about and wheat to see again. This story is fast moving, and makes the reader think about the nature of vengeance and justice. ( )
1 vote mstruck | Feb 5, 2014 |
This wasn't a godawful book, but it just didn't measure up to the earlier books in the series.

Find my full review here: http://thesurlybookseller.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-purity-of-vengeance-jussi-adl... ( )
  elebama | Feb 1, 2014 |
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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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