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Dossier 64 (edition 2012)

by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Author)

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Title:Dossier 64
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The Purity Of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen

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The Purity of Vengeance, the fourth of Jussi Adler-Olsen's books about Department Q, finds Carl Morck and his assistants investigating a group of mysterious disappearances that cluster together nearly a quarter of a century ago. That the murders are somehow connected to the head of the Purity Party, a neo-Aryan political group, is certain. The rest is unclear, and it takes all of Carl and Assad and Rose's sorting and sifting to find a clear resolution. Nice to see Rose taking a more active role in the investigations of Department Q. ( )
  ahef1963 | Oct 25, 2014 |
The characters were too oblique for my taste. ( )
  picardyrose | Oct 14, 2014 |
4.5 stars

Just gets better & better

There is a list I keep of authors whose books I wait for & pick up without a second thought. Jussi Adler-Olsen is on it & I'm sorely tempted to learn Danish just so I can read them faster.
This is another great instalment to the series. But if you're new to this author, start at the beginning. Like Ian Rankin's "John Rebus" or Jo Nesbo's "Harry Hole", each novel builds on the returning characters & their histories, creating a richer experience for faithful fans.
Once again we find the gang in Department Q juggling cold cases. There's never a shortage and as usual, Assad & Rose are more enthusiastic about getting started than Carl.
Carl has a lot on his mind. An old colleague is trying to rope him into looking at an assault on his sister, new clues have been found in one of Carl's previous cases, his paralyzed friend Hardy has recovered some startling memories & his estranged wife suddenly wants a divorce. But when Rose begins to tell the tale of a missing madam from 23 years ago, he can't help but be intrigued.
Back then, several people went missing from Copenhagen over the period of a few days: escort agency owner Rita Neilson, itinerant fisherman Viggo Mogensen, auxiliary nurse Gitte Charles, recluse Tag Hermansen & lawyer Philip Norvig. No traces were ever found. Coincidence or is there a common thread?
While investigating, Carl & Assad cross paths with Curt Wad. He's a retired physician, now fronting the Purity Party. A radical right wing group with a chilling (hidden) agenda, they are this close to becoming a legitimate political party. But most Danes are not aware the party's platform is based on eugenics. Their powerful members have arranged abortions & sterilization of women deemed unsuitable for decades. As the story progresses, a horrific history unfolds, revealing the network of lawyers, nurses, judges, police officers & doctors who select candidates to be committed to asylums or "care' homes prior to medical procedures done without consent. Anyone asking questions is quietly discouraged by one of the party's field agents.
The plot is extremely complex with hidden ties & secrets between a large group who first met in the 1950-60's. In alternating chapters, we learn what happened to Rita, Nete (a woman with a heartbreaking story pivotal to the plot) & the others. Their histories are at times sad, terrifying & oddly hopeful but always compelling. Wad's character makes the blood run cold as we read about a life spent dealing with "inferior" people, inviting comparison with another supporter of such atrocities.
Assad in particular is affected by the case, giving us a glimpse of his shadowy past before he came to work with Carl. And Rose....well, with her issues, no doubt she would have been what Wad called a "suitable candidate" for correction.
There are many returning peripheral characters that provide side stories but at its' heart is our trio of intrepid misfits. With each book, you can't help but get more attached to them. These are well written, fully realized people you care about as they navigate their personal & professional lives. The dialogue is sharp & often heated but infused with wry humour. Carl is perpetually cranky (except when he's with the lovely Mona), Rose is smart & increasingly bossy and Assad frequently provides comic relief with his continued mangling of the Danish language.
As the book rushes to a tense conclusion, none of them will escape uninjured. The author does a great job of doling out clues to the reader, distracting us with red herrings as we try to piece it all together. Even in the last few pages, there is a clever twist I can honestly say I never saw coming.
Like the two well known series listed at the beginning, this one has it all. So if you're partial to smart, intricately plotted police procedurals with original & compelling characters, look no further. ( )
  RowingRabbit | Sep 14, 2014 |
Powerful story of Copenhagen's cold case unit as it discovers multiple missing persons from the late 1950's. Department Q, the cold case unit located in the basement of Copenhagen's PD HQ, is comprised of the most unique and entertaining characters I have read in any language. The boss, Carl Morck, assisted by Rose, his hot tempered and very astute admin and Assad, his Syrian #2 with a mysterious past, investigate these missing persons with ties to a mysterious elderly woman with a devastating past and an evil octogenarian working to establish a race-based political party in Denmark. These wonderful characters interact with each other in dynamic ways that you will not soon forget. ( )
  Hanneri | Sep 11, 2014 |
A woman, put through a horrible ordeal on an island where women were imprisoned for having sex before marriage or for being considered otherwise socially unacceptable, finds her revenge, and the detectives of Department Q begin to put together the pieces of a very strange puzzle. This time, none of them come out of their investigation unscathed. The historical background is shocking and fascinating, but it's rendered somewhat less poignant because the revenge scheme is quite a gothic concoction.
  bfister | Aug 28, 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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