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The Marco Effect (2012)

by Jussi Adler-Olsen

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Series: Department Q (5)

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All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body-proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities-he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent. forever. Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Morck needs is for his assistants, Assad and Rose, to pick up a missing persons case on a whim: Carl's nemesis is his new boss, and he's saddled Department Q with an unwelcome addition. But when they learn that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy. Carl's actions propel the trio into a case that extends from Denmark to Africa, from embezzlers to child soldiers, from seemingly petty crime rings to the very darkest of cover-ups.… (more)
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Another great book in the Dept. Q series, maybe even the best one yet. Highly recommended. ( )
  snare | Dec 13, 2023 |
2.5*

For some reason, this 5th book in the Dept. Q series didn't appeal to me. I had started this once before a few years ago and couldn't get into it & returned it to the library unfinished. This time, I tried an audiobook edition. Graeme Malcolm did a good narration but I still found this entry in the series disappointing. Carl Mørck just irritated me in most of the book... ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
Another fun story about the gang of Dept Q. Pretty typical of the series, with lots of mystery made up of oddly connected events and humorous dialog among the likable characters in the gang. Some parts were more unbelievable than the other stories I've read, but I've really had no experience with young African killers, so what do I know?

If you've read any of the books in the series, you already know pretty much what to expect, and if you haven't, you should probably start with an earlier book in the series. ( )
  MartyFried | Oct 9, 2022 |
this is just a great series. assad steals the show and I look forward to his camel analogies and find myself laughing out loud ( )
  Sunandsand | Apr 30, 2022 |
Like the Butterfly Effect, Marco does a thing and everything changes!
Marco is a boy who doesn’t like what’s going on in his “family.” He runs after being threatened and hides in a hole . . . with a corpse.

This is a book full of characters with quirks and multiple story lines. What is the best thing about Adler-Olsen's writing is that he only gives you a snapshot of the person--all the vital information for that situation in that picture, but nothing more. Then he moves on. He'll build on it later if you need to know.

So in the end you find out bad guys do really bad things, good guys did bad things, good guys decide to let the dead stay dead . . . and somewhere in South America a weak bad guy who thinks he's a tough guy gets murdered because he didn't tell a robber he had a cell phone. Gotta read this one.
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  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
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Jussi Adler-Olsenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aitken, MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berg, CarolineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bjørnson, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
D'Avino, Maria ValeriaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dobosi, BeátaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huttunen, KatriinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacobsen, LeifTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koch, WolframNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malcolm, GraemeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mendizabal, Juan MariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pacey, StevenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reisegg, ØyvindTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Schein, SteveTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Vries, Kor deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body-proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities-he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent. forever. Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Morck needs is for his assistants, Assad and Rose, to pick up a missing persons case on a whim: Carl's nemesis is his new boss, and he's saddled Department Q with an unwelcome addition. But when they learn that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy. Carl's actions propel the trio into a case that extends from Denmark to Africa, from embezzlers to child soldiers, from seemingly petty crime rings to the very darkest of cover-ups.

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Krimi. Den 15-årige Marco flygter fra sin voldelige og kriminelle klan. Klanen vil gøre det af med ham, og det er der også andre, der vil, for Marco er faldet over en hemmelighed, der har med korruption at gøre. Vicekriminalkommissær Carl Mørck og co. er i gang med korruptionssagen og krydser Marcos veje
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