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New York Times and internationally bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with an astonishing and sinister case for Department QAll 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 childreNew York Times and internationally bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with an astonishing and sinister case for Department QAll 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 Mørck 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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The Marco Effect Reviews

  • Jayson
    2019-05-19 21:28

    (B+) 77% | GoodNotes: It's a lot of empty calories: the story moves, but not in a way that advances the plot much or pays off well in the end.

  • Andrew Smith
    2019-05-14 15:24

    Listening to a good book can be even better than reading it – well that’s my experience anyway. But it all depends on the reader. I've listened to lots of audiobooks where the reader has truly brought the characters and places to life. I've also listened to some where the opposite is true and it’s ruined what was potentially a good book. This one delivered a strange and confusing experience, I'm afraid.I was up for a bit of Scandinavian crime fiction and when this was offered up as a daily deal by Audible I quickly grabbed it at (what I thought was) a bargain price. It’s book five of a series so there was always a risk that I'd have missed some back story but in my experience authors seem to keep this in view and it’s rarely a significant problem.For a story set in Denmark I'd assumed I’d get a reader with an accent to match and characters that felt and sounded like they belonged in that place. Unfortunately (inexplicably) what I actually got was a reader with a generic English accent who imbued the characters with a bizarre range of British brogues: Welsh, ‘home counties’ and broad Birmingham amongst them. It was just wrong and I found it really hard to see past this element to the story buried underneath.If that wasn't bad enough, after a promising start the tale got quickly bogged down in a whole load of office politics involving characters I’d not met before and updates on carry-over issues and antagonisms that meant nothing to me. And it started to feel like I'd jumped into the middle of a book by Mark Billingham or Peter James - not really what I was looking for. I gave up.Ah well, can't win ‘em all!

  • Jennie Menke
    2019-05-25 17:24

    The characters are still great. Wishing for a little more info on Assad than the tidbits Jussi is revealing in each book. But I found this particular storyline the weakest of the Dept. Q books. Pretty repetitive with Marco on the run and managing to slip away... Over and over. Doesn't mean I didn't like it but myexpectations were high and it didn't meet them. Still love you tho, carl, rose and Assad!

  • Andy
    2019-05-13 13:40

    We open up with Marco’s story (Yes him in the title!) which keeps us going for the opening chapters as the scene is set before department Q make an appearance & his account is excellent, giving an insight into a different way of life in Denmark, exposing a seedy underbelly & the ways of a street gang.With old favourite Assad recovering after the events of the prior episode, Rose comes to the fore by getting out of the office & doing some “training” which is great as she undertakes it all in her unique style to much amusement for Assad & an equal measure of chagrin for Carl. It’s great how they all grate/swim together as their caseload shifts it’s focus to coincide with Marco’s story/case. It’s prolly the best book to date for the interactions of department Q along with a few other characters that come, go & change it all adds to the overall flavour.One small downside/niggle was the amount of leaps/coincidences that connected the stories but all-in-all Department Q delivers a good mystery which connects the dots as we go, 4.5 stars for me.

  • Paula Kalin
    2019-05-01 14:27

    The Marco Effect is the 5th in the Department Q series by Danish author Jussi Adler Olsen. His books tend to be long so I listened to the audiobook this time which didn't disappoint. The book centers around 15 year old Marco a lovable character from a gypsy clan relocated from Italy. Marco goes on the run after discovering a body killed by his clan. His clan being nothing more than a criminal network forcing their young members to a miserable life of petty crime.There are a lot of twists and turns and a number of plots in this book which I totally enjoyed. I love a book with a lot going on and full of detail. Detective Carl Morck's humorous relationship with his staff, Rose and Assad, always brings a delightful addition to the series. Expect a lot of suspense.Looking forward to the next translation in the series.4.5 out of 5 stars.

  • Tanja Berg
    2019-04-29 19:33

    Rating 3* out of 5. After the first four brilliant books in this series, this fifth one was disappointing. Not that I'm particularly surprised, I try to avoid any book which involves any sort of mafia or criminal network. I picked this up solely for having loved the first four so well. The other thing I'm beginning to notice after 35 hours of Swedish audio books in three weeks is that my Norwegian is becoming considerably worse. The two languages are closely related and difficult to keep apart even on a good day. The reason I listen to Swedish - or read Swedish editions of Scandinavian books - rather than Norwegian is simple: price. Anyhow, I digress. In this fifth installment about the police department Q they start to look at the disappearance of the banker/politican/whatever William Starck several years ago. After a trip to Africa he disappeared, despite having a close relationship with the daughter of his girlfriend. Out on the streets, there is a boy on the run, Marco. He has fled his clan because Zola, the "god father", has decided he must be made more lucrative for begging by handicapping him. Hearing this, Marco runs away. He accidentally ends up hiding William's grave. When he notices, he takes a piece of African necklace hanging around the neck of the corpse and flees. But now the clan are no longer interested in just handicapping him, no, now they want to kill him.There are endless scenes of running, fleeing, chasing involving Marco, the clan and the henchmen of the latter. Eventually it become bothersome. I spent plenty of time rolling my eyes wishing Marco would finally go to the police. He has other ideas, since he's afraid that being an illegal immigrant he'll just be thrown out of the country.There's plenty of action in this book, but it mostly moves in circles. I haven't been put off Jussi Alder-Olsen by any means, but I do hope the next book is better.

  • Vanessa Loockx
    2019-04-30 20:36

    Amai ... effe bekomen ... weeral een straf verhaal.

  • Jaki
    2019-05-12 19:35

    I absolutely loved the first 4 books in the series and was waiting with anticipation for #5 which I am sorry to have to say that I just could not get into.

  • Dimitris Passas
    2019-05-15 19:17

    Μια ακόμη επιτυχημένη περιπέτεια μυστηρίου από τον εξαιρετικό Δανό Jussi Adler-Olsen. To ''Buried'' είναι το πέμπτο βιβλίο της σειράς ''Department Q'' με ήρωες τον αστυνόμο Carl Mork, τον ιρακινό βοηθό του Assad και την ιδιόρρυθμη, στά όρια της ψυχικής ανισορροπίας, γραμματέα Rose. Είχα κάποιες αναστολές σχετικά με την αναγνωση ή μη του συγκεκριμένου βιβλίου, καθώς ο ίδιος ο Adler-Olsen σε συνέντευξη του (υπάρχει στο youtube) σχετικά με τη σειρά της ομάδας Q δεν αναφέρθηκε καθόλου σε αυτό, εν αντιθέσει με τα υπόλοιπα 5 βιβλία στα οποία αφιέρωσε αρκετό χρόνο συζητώντας τα με τον δημοσιογράφο. Μετά την ολοκλήρωση του ωστόσο πρέπει να πω ότι ειλικρινά δεν μπορώ να καταλάβω τον λόγο που επέλεξε να σιωπήσει και ίσως με αυτον τον τρόπο αποκηρύξει (;) το ''Buried''. Πρόκειται για μια πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα και διασκεδαστική ιστορία εγκλήματος και μυστηρίου πιστή στο ύφος των προηγούμενων βιβλίων και προσωπικά θεωρώ ότι ανήκει στα 3 καλύτερα βιβλία της σειράς. Παρακολουθούμε την ιστορία του δεκαπεντάχρονου Μάρκο, ο οποίος αποφασίζει να αυτομολήσει από την εκτεταμένη οικογένεια Ρομά που τον καταδικάζει σε μια ζωή που περιστρέφεται γύρω από την επαιτεία, την κλοπή και την κάθε είδους παρανομία. Κατά την απόδραση του από τον χώρο που ζεί μαζί με αρκετά άλλα παιδιά της ηλικίας του, κάτω από την τυραννική κυριαρχία του αρχηγού της φυλής Ζολά, ο Μάρκο θα ανακαλύψει ένα πτώμα, θαμμένο πολύ κοντά στον τόπο που διέμενε μέχρι τότε και έτσι θα τεθεί σε κίνηση ένας τεράστιος μηχανισμός με σκοπό τον εντοπισμό του και την εξασφάλιση της σιωπής του. Σε αυτό το ανθρωποκηνυγητό θα εμπλακούν πέρα από τα μέλη της τσιγγάνικης φυλής, Ρώσοι και Αφρικάνοι γκάνγκστερς αλλά και πανίσχυρα μέλη της οικονομικής και πολιτικής ελίτ της Δανίας, τα οποία έχουν πολλά να χάσουν έαν ο Μάρκο ανοίξει το στόμα του και πεί όσα ξέρει. Κάπου εκεί παρεμβαίνει και η ομάδα του Carl, στην οποία ανατίθεται η εξιχνίαση της δολοφονίας του άγνωστου άνδρα που βρέθηκε από τον Μάρκο.Έιναι ένα βιβλίο γέματο, ''χορταστικό'' το οποίο δεν χάνει ούτε για μια στιγμή το σασπένς και την αγωνία που έχει να κάνει τόσο με την λύση του μυστηρίου σχετικά με την δολοφονία του θαμμένου πτώματος που βρίσκει ο Μάρκο όσο και με την τύχη την ίδιου του παιδιού που πάντα την γλιτώνει στο παρά πέντε από τους διώκτες του.Πανταχού παρών και το χιούμορ που χαρκατηρίζει τα έργα του Adler-Olsen με τις απολαυστικές συζητήσεις μεταξύ Carl και Assad, την αλλοπρόσαλλη συμπεριφορά της Rose και τους ανελέητους τσακωμούς σύσσωμης της ομάδας με τον νέο αρχηγό του τμήματος ανθρωποκτονιών της Κοπεγχάγης. Νομίζω ότι η χημεία μεταξυ των χαρακτήρων που απαρτίζουν την ομάδα Q είναι από τις πιο επιτυχημένες του συγκεκριμένου είδους λογοτεχνίας. Συστήνεται ανεπιφύλακτα!

  • Vesela
    2019-04-29 16:23

    Романът ми хареса! Удоволствието ми беше на 100% и не мога да му дам друга оценка освен 5* Умее да създава атмосфера и образи този човек! Дори, мисля, се справя далеч по-добре от Несбьо, доколкото са съпоставими.И все пак любимата ми книга от поредицата за отдел "Q" си остава безспорно "Пациент 64".

  • Carolyn
    2019-05-09 19:42

    3 stars. English translation.: The Marco Effect. Book 5 in the Department Q series. I enjoyed the previous books in this series for the investigative procedures in solving crimes and for the humour of the interactions between Carl Morck,the lead detective of the Cold Case unit and his two assistants: the mysterious Assad and Rose.The book started out with financial fraud between Africa and Denmark, and then switches to the plight of a young boy, Marco who belongs to a group of people in Denmark illegally who force the children to steal and even cripple some to become beggars. When Marco realizes there is a plan to handicap him, he runs away. Soon he is forced to hide and discovers the body of a man killed by his tribe who is connected with the bank fraud. This makes his tribe more determined to find and murder him. At this point Carl and his assistants have not shown up, and I was thinking I downloaded the wrong book in error and had to look ahead to make sure I was actually reading a Department Q story. Marco continues to run and escape his pursuers and after a while I found the chase scenes boring. The Department Q investigators are also looking for him, and Marco will not go to the police to save his life as he does not want to be deported. I would have enjoyed the book more without the financial dealings, and more about Carl's difficult home and personal life and more about his assistants, Assad and Rose

  • Skip
    2019-05-04 17:30

    Not as good as the earlier books, the root of evil in this novel is financial greed as some bankers decide to steal foreign aid to Cameroon to keep a Danish bank in business. The disappearance of a banker named Stark sets off a series of events, resulting in a young gypsy alien (Marco) being targeted for death. His Uncle Zola cannot risk his band of beggars and pickpockets being jeopardized and neither can the bank shareholders. Marco, who wants nothing more than a normal life, cleverly draws in Carl Morck, Assad (still recovering from his near death experience in the last book), and Rose. I liked the involvement of Stark's girlfriend and her daughter, Tilde. Sadly, Marco's repeated escapes from stone cold killers (African boy soldiers, Albanians, etc.) was not credible, and detracted from the story.

  • Elisa
    2019-05-04 21:17

    Of all the authors who've joined the Scandinavian noir bandwagon, Danish are the ones I tend to like the least (no prejudice, I still read them). At first, Department Q wasn't exactly my favorite series. On top of that, corruption plots (and drug trafficking ones) bore me to tears and I thought this would be one of those. But that is only the setup. The motive behind what happens. The actual thick of the book is awesome. Carl Morck is still a jerk, but a good cop, and his team is better than ever. And Marco... Marco is the real heart of the story. My heart-rate would literally go up every time he was in danger. It is so suspenseful, with several twists I didn't see coming but made total sense, I can't wait for the next Department Q novel to come out.

  • Anne(Booklady) Molinarolo
    2019-05-25 19:30

    I love the Department Q crew, but I was disappointed with this installment. It was slow and I was surprised by that.The story lines were too convoluted this time. And of course culminating to the case Q is currently working.Carl and Mona are splitsville - thank goodness. Assad is back in the saddle. Rose has a suiter and well, Rose is Rose. A new boss is upstairs in Department A. And something happens to Hardy.Marco was a delight. Rene and Zola pure evil. If it wasn't for Marco and his flight from Zola, I'd have shelved this one. Next Q novel please.

  • Sarah Anne
    2019-05-16 14:35

    I think this was the weakest of the series so far but I was still pretty much glued to it. I really liked Marco and his perspective of life on the streets. Assad continues to be one of my favorite literary characters (how many camel metaphors can one guy have?) and I really like Carl and Rose. I'm anxious to get to the sixth book and horrified that I have to wait until Sept for book 7 simply because I speak English and the translation isn't out.

  • Meredith
    2019-05-21 16:27

    The Marco Effect is a great addition to the Department Q. series. I was drawn to Marco's character, and I could not put the book down when the narrative was told from Marco's perspective. I am ready for the next book in the series!

  • Steven Z.
    2019-05-27 17:23

    The story begins in the remote Bantu village of Somolarmo during the autumn of 2008. Louis Fon who was in charge of a Danish development project in the Dja jungle of Cameroon notices two men approaching; a white man, and Mbomo Ziem who was an errand boy for Danish government officials. Later, Louis noticed that Mbomo was giving bags of alcohol to pygmy Bantu villagers, and that substantial sums of money were missing from the project he oversaw. Shortly thereafter, Mbomo approached Fon with a machete, forcing him to flee. As fast as he ran he could not escape, and as he was dying from his wounds he was able to send a text message on his cell phone. This is how Jussi Adler-Olsen’s latest novel that employs “Department Q” of the Copenhagen police force entitled, THE MARCO EFFECT begins. As in the four previous books in the series the reader’s attention is captured almost immediately.The plot centers around Kannebaek Bank, one of Denmark’s leading financial institutions. With the bank about to go under because of the 2008 economic meltdown, its chairman, Jens Brage-Schmidt along with two other bank officials hatch an embezzlement scheme involving the Danish Evaluation Department for Developmental Assistance to make the bank solvent. Problems develop when a civil servant named William Stark is sent to Cameroon to investigate Fron’s sudden disappearance learns that his final text message read, “corruption dans l’aide de development Dja.” This knowledge places a number of individuals, including Stark in grave danger leading to a series of murders. As with all of Adler-Olsen’s “Department Q” novels there are a number of plot lines that eventually seem to merge together. The current mystery is no exception as in addition to the Danish bank fraud, the author introduces the role of a gypsy type clan, and the remnants of an old case that still causes difficulty for Carl Morck, the head of Department Q. Marco Jamison is a twelve year old boy who rebels against his clan leader named Zola, who is also his uncle. The clan operates on a number of levels including murder, pick pocketing, injury scams, and other mechanisms to exploit the general population. When Marco decides he no longer wishes to remain part of the clan, he runs away and hides from Zola’s henchmen. While in hiding, Marco comes across a corpse buried on the side of the road. Finally, Marco eludes Zola’s search party and wanders the streets of Copenhagen for over three years working and living with a gay couple who took him in off the streets. Then out of nowhere, the clan caught up with him. Due to the curiosity of Assad; a member of Detective Morck’s Department Q, who also seems to have been a Syrian intelligence operative before immigrating to Denmark, and Rose, who suffers from periodic episodes of multiple personality, the death of William Stark, the missing civil servant turns up on Morck’s desk. From this point on the novel gains momentum as the author doubles down on his plot.Adler-Olsen introduces a number of new characters into the series. A number appear from previous books; Mika and Morten; a gay couple who lives in Morck’s house, and care for Hardy, a colleague of Morck’s who was paralyzed in a shootout investigating a previous case; Mona Ibsen, now Carl’s ex-girlfriend, who he had hoped to marry; and Lars Bjorn who is elevated to head the Homicide Division replacing, the now retired Marcus Jacobsen. The major new character is an intern who was attending law school by the name of Gordon Thomas, who is also sexually obsessed with Rose, and becomes a thorn in Morck’s side. The important characters that are unique to THE MARCO EFFECT include; Zola, the head of the gypsy type clan; Rene Eriksen, Head of the Danish Evaluation Department for Developmental Assistance; Teis Snap, manager of Kannebaek Bank; Jens Brage-Schmidt, Chairman of Kannebaek Bank; and Marco Jameson, who tried to sever all connections with the Zola’s clan and begin a new life. The roles of Assad and Rose continue to develop as their insight and acumen involving the case places them in a position of importance as the plot unfolds.Parts of the book fits the description of a thriller as those pages seem to drip with tension as different forces try and capture Marco. At first, the repeated chases and escapes are effective, however, after what seem like repeated “Houdini type” escapes it seemed overdone. Perhaps Marco’s plight could have been couched differently as the novel progresses. As usual Adler-Olsen has a great deal to say about problems in Danish society be it Copenhagen’s underworld, issues dealing with immigration, corporate corruption, and civil servants who abscond with government funds. In all cases it is not difficult to ascertain the author’s viewpoint and he provides hints how these problems could be solved.In conclusion, THE MARCO EFFECT measures up well to the previous novels in the series. All the elements of an excellent mystery are present, including a rather unsuspecting ending. If you have enjoyed Adler-Olsen’s previous work, his current effort will not disappoint.

  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    2019-05-17 13:29

    By the time you get to book five of a series it’s hard to know what more to say. Sometimes I feel like I could just copy and paste my review for Jussi Adler-Olsen’s last book, change a few names and hit publish. But that would be lazy, so I’ll give you my thoughts about where I stand with Department Q after The Marco Effect.First and foremost, you must read the Department Q series in order, starting with The Keeper of Lost Causes. The story starts there, each case is independent, but there is a continual growth of the characters and their interrelationships.Don’t take this the wrong way, but the series is formulaic – and I love the formula. Each one, including The Marco Effect, is a cat-and-mouse thriller. The reader knows who the villain is, and the tension is built around whether or not Carl can catch them in time. Jussi Adler-Olsen is a master of building a tense, gripping, dark crime story, around which he builds his fabulously developed characters.The Marco Effect kept to the formula of the previous books, but the scenario is fresh and exciting. Marco is a sympathetic victim. We get to know a little bit more about the enigma that is Assad. I hope that when the series finishes, we finally learn who and what Assad actually is.The Department Q books are not so much about the destination, but the journey to get there.This is a series that’s hooked me. I am already eyeing book six.

  • Christin
    2019-05-19 16:27

    Schade. Das ist das erste Wort, das mir zu diesem Buch einfällt. Ich hatte mich so sehr auf die Fortsetzung gefreut, vor allem, nachdem ich im letzten Jahr auf einer Lesung von Adler Olsen war, bei der die vorgetragenen Auszüge so vielversprechend klangen. Aber die Erwartung (hihi .. okay, schlechter Witz) wurde nicht erfüllt. Politik- und Wirtschaftskrimis sind einfach nicht meins. Aber abgesehen vom Thema an sich war die ganze Geschichte - für meinen Geschmack - auch viel zu sehr in die Länge gezogen ... Schade!So bleiben am Ende nur drei gut gemeinte Sterne - und die auch nur, weil die Hauptcharaktere mir so am Herzen liegen und sie sich weiterhin interessant entwickeln. Und weil ich wieder ein Stück neugieriger bin, wie sich nach und nach ihre Hintergründe aufklären werden.Auch Marco mochte ich irgendwie, auch wenn er alles in allem irgendwie zu wenig Tiefe hatte. Aber das muss man Adler Olsen lassen: Ob es nun Hass ist, dass man genervt die Augen verdreht (wie jedes Mal, wenn ich die Namen Rene, Björn oder vor allem Gordon gelesen habe), sich für die kleinen Erfolge freut (ich bin auch sehr gespannt auf Hardys weitere Entwicklung) und irgendwo auch mitfiebert - - er schafft es, selbst die kleinste, unwichtigste, nur mit einem Wort genannte Nebenfigur wunderbar echt wirken zu lassen.Also, Jussi! Die Hoffnung ist noch nicht ganz verloren. Der 6. Band erscheint ja schon in weniger als 2 Monaten und ich bin gespannt, was du uns diesmal präsentierst!

  • Suzy
    2019-05-20 20:33

    3 1/2 starsI have mixed feelings about this fifth entry into the Dept Q series. There is a financial crime which includes several murders on more than one continent. And there's a boy, Marco, who accidentally discovers the body of one of the murdered men. While I was gripped by the Marco aspects, I thought there were too many story lines and people to keep track of. Since I listened to the book, I was not able to leaf back when I wondered "who is this person, again, and where do they fit in?". I also thought the book could have used some serious editing. Adler-Olsen has followed the footsteps of many a current mystery writer - bloated writing! His first book was under 400 pages and I see entry #6 is over 500 pages!I've often characterized the Dept Q books as in the "grim and gritty school of murder mysteries". It was interesting that this, while still gritty, was not grim like books 1-4. It contained all the humor and interplay between the Dept Q and Dept A characters in the Copenhagen police department that I love in Adler-Olsen's writing. I think the series definitely worth reading, if uneven.

  • Erin
    2019-05-04 16:33

    2.5 stars. I now understand what other reviewers mean when using the term, "slow burn." I still love the series and the characters, but this book is the weakest of the series for me. Usually I'm impressed with how twisted and deplorable the "bad guys" are that Carl,Assad, and Rose must hunt down. In "The Marco Effect" they're simply "really mean bad guys." As well,I grew irritated at all the times Marco managed to get away from the police. Don't get me wrong,I love thick thrillers,but this book made me wish for less pages.Remember how Harry Potter acted in book 5th? Well,Carl Morck who's usually a curmudgeon is just a little over the top in the douchebag arena this time around. I almost considered putting the book aside because of how he treated everyone. On the other hand, it was great to read more about Assad's past. All in all, a book worthwhile if you're looking for more backstory of some favorite characters.

  • Donna
    2019-05-09 15:16

    I like this author. I have enjoyed everything I have read so far. There is so much that I like about his writing. I like the humor, his plot twists and his characters.It is through the relationships, that the humor is so wonderfully unveiled. I love Assad. He cracks me up. Sometimes I want to know more about this mysterious character, but then I think the mystery adds to my enjoyment. I will say this story wasn't my favorite, but it had so many creative turns and twists. I am always in awe over that. There were enough dead bodies in this one to fill a cemetery though.

  • Mairita (Marii grāmatplaukts)
    2019-05-12 21:32

    Īsti nevaru piekrist, ka šī ir Q nodaļas bīstamākā lieta un arī tik aizraujoši nebija. Patika dažādie skatu punkti. Plašāk

  • Gerti
    2019-05-24 16:14

    Es hat zwar etwas gedauert bis ich drin war, dafür wurde ich aber wieder mit einem sehr guten Krimi belohnt.

  • Deanna
    2019-05-21 20:25

    This was a DNF. After liking the first of the series a great deal, I was disappointed in the second, and then skipped to this one and just couldn't finish it. It seems every book gets choppier and more centered on criminals and victims with less emphasis and interest in the detectives. The crimes and criminals were pretty grim even for the genre. I wasn't the reader for this one.

  • Inés
    2019-05-20 16:33

    Prescindible totalmente dentro de la serie del Departamento Q que por cierto,apenas aparecen.

  • Mal Warwick
    2019-05-22 21:35

    In a region of Cameroon populated by people outsiders call pygmies, a Danish development project has gone off the rails. Then, shortly after a visitor from the Danish foreign ministry is glimpsed on a visit, the local liaison between the project and the Danes is brutally murdered. Back home in Denmark, one of the foreign ministry officials involved in the project goes missing. We've learned that a senior official in the ministry and top executives at a Copenhagen bank are involved in a massive fraud. Meanwhile, troubles mount for a 15-year-old boy who is enslaved as a thief and a beggar by a band who style themselves Gypsies. We know there are connections among all these circumstances. But Carl Mørck doesn't.Detective Inspector Carl Mørck and his unlikely sidekicks, Asaad and Rose, take on the official's disappearance despite being warned off the case. All three have a long history of doing exactly what they want—and nothing more. Carl thinks of the two as unstoppable: "The two of them together were like a herd of stampeding gnu on the plains of Africa. Heads down and full steam ahead, and if he wasn't going to join in, he'd better get out of the way." Until now, they've been able to get away with acting only on their own because they close cases at an unusually high rate for the Copenhagen police force. But now their boss, the head of the homicide department, is retiring unexpectedly. And his boss, no friend of Carl's, is moving temporarily into the job. To keep an eye on the three misfits of Department Q he assigns an awkward third-year law student as a spy, thus complicating the team's efforts to uncover the truth behind the official's disappearance and presumed death.As Mørck, Asaad, and Rose dig into the circumstances of the official's disappearance, more complications arise. That 15-year-old-boy, Marco, emerges as the central figure in the case. The boss' spy frustrates the investigation with inappropriate and unauthorized questions directed at suspects. All the while, Marco is on the run from the head of the "Gypsy" clan, who wants him dead for defying him.It's all a fine mess—an investigation that's far more complicated than it has any right to be. But, as the three hapless investigators in Department Q stumble toward a resolution, it's a whole lot of fun.

  • Jaksen
    2019-05-22 20:32

    Very enjoyable. Crisp dialogue. Intricate, complex storyline. Lots of characters, but easy to keep apart - all quite distinctive. And of course there's Carl Morten, Assad and Rose, the three majors who work in Department Q, responsible for resurrecting old, 'cold' cases and figuring out who did what to who and why. I love this series!The story concerns Carl and crew examining another cold case, that of a missing man. Missing a few years in fact, but with no body it's more than cold-cold, it's icy, Antarctic-cold. Complicating the issue...(Btw, I don't give away too much in the spoiler, mostly just background, no details that would ruin the story.)(view spoiler)[Carl has a new, and even more disagreeable boss.Rose is involved in a hot-and-heavy love affair, complete with sex at work, with a (young) fellow who might be a spy. (An inter-office sort of spy.)Assad is healing from the severe injuries suffered in the last case.And Mona has more or less 'left' Carl, broken his heart, trumped his plans to ask her to marry him. (Omg I hate her suddenly!) The missing man has ties to possibly misuse of government funds down in Africa. (Okay, not possibly, but definitely!)And Hardy, the severely crippled partner who Carl has taken into his home, is suddenly improving! (That's a good complication, btw.)Further complications involve the 'Marco' of the book's title. Marco is a fifteen-year old immigrant, a sort of 'gypsy,' from a large family of criminals who rob, steal, pickpocket, flim-flam etc., the very nice Danish population of whatever spoils said Danes are carrying. However, Marco has a mind of his own and when he gets in trouble with the family/gang leader - the horrible 'Zola' - he takes off and hides - in the grave of the missing man!Then it's on the run for Marco as he struggles to evade his own family, out at first to bring him home and punish him, and later just to be rid of him. The police are also on his tail, and as for Carl, he keeps running into Marco, but Marco keeps running away. It's a fantastically complex story in a quite-thick book, but one well worth the time and effort spent reading. This particular novel would never make a movie; it's too long, complex, and filled with too many characters. But a TV series of maybe five-six episodes? It would be a killer.And I really mean it. (hide spoiler)]Five stars, absolutely. :D

  • Eric
    2019-04-27 20:38

    Carl Morck of Department Q is back, along with the rest of Jussi Adler-Olsen's cast of characters in another lengthy and satisfying tale that reaches across continents. The main theme here is as the cover photograph suggests - a pebble tossed into water results in waves that land elsewhere. Marco is a street-smart petty thief in a Gypsy clan and soon finds himself hunted by unknown quarries for reasons he's not sure of. As with other Adler-Olsen Department Q novels, Morck seems to stumble into the larger tale that at first goes undefined and while the story takes a bit to get there, once Adler-Olsen gets there, it's very much worth it. There is one chase sequence in the novel done much better than found in other thriller novels and I think why Adler-Olsen is successful at these types of sequences is he makes them believable. I was hoping for a bit more resolution regarding Carl Morck's shooting from the first book, however, that part is yet to be fully divulged. Assad, Morck's Arabic, mystery assistant is as cunning and wily as ever and Adler-Olsen introduces additional characters that seem to be promising developments for future novels. A good, solid crime thriller, recommended to others.

  • Kay
    2019-05-06 13:16

    There’s nothing like a little Nordic Noir to help while away the cold winter evenings. Having spent a week in Copenhagen this past summer made this installation in Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series all the more vivid for me, especially as this particular novel uses many well-known settings around the city quite effectively. I could imagine the protagonist, fifteen-year-old Marco, hiding out in Tivoli after dark or ducking in and out of side streets along the Strøget. I’d listened to the first two Dept Q novels a few years back and had liked the first one fairly well but had been unimpressed with the second. However, I recently watched well-done television versions of the first three novels on Netflix, and that rekindled my interest in the books. I also enjoy listening to the reader for these books, Graeme Malcolm, as he’s good at conveying both humor and suspense, not to mention that he handles the pronunciation of all those tricky Danish names and places with ease. This novel is a bit long, but on the whole maintained a high level of suspense throughout. It did get bogged down with the financial backstory a bit, I thought, but not to the point where I got impatient. I quite liked the central figure, Marco, and also enjoyed the continuing development of the characters from the earlier books, especially the mysterious Assad and acerbic Rose. A set of callous and morally bankrupt villains rounds out the characters in this book, though the author backs away a bit from the downright psychopathic types that got to be a bit much for me in The Absent One. All in all, a solidly enjoyable novel.