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The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Causes delivers his most captivating and suspenseful Department Q novel yet—perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson.   Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides withThe New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Causes delivers his most captivating and suspenseful Department Q novel yet—perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson.   Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder. In a Copenhagen park the body of an elderly woman is discovered. The case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide investigation from over a decade ago, but the connection between the two victims confounds the police. Across town a group of young women are being hunted. The attacks seem random, but could these brutal acts of violence be related? Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q is charged with solving the mystery.   Back at headquarters, Carl and his team are under pressure to deliver results: failure to meet his superiors’ expectations will mean the end of Department Q. Solving the case, however, is not their only concern. After an earlier breakdown, their colleague Rose is still struggling to deal with the reemergence of her past—a past in which a terrible crime may have been committed. It is up to Carl, Assad, and Gordon to uncover the dark and violent truth at the heart of Rose’s childhood before it is too late....

Title : Selfies
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Number of Pages : 505 Pages
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Selfies Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2019-03-23 08:34

    We all know how picky I am when it comes to jumping into the middle of a long running series; while I appreciate books that have the feel of a standalone, I also immensely enjoy the backstory of reoccurring characters and the development of their personalities and individual storylines. That said, Abby @ Crime By The Book assured me I would survive reading this particular novel out of order; as I trust all of her recommendations I decided to commit to reading The Scarred Woman and see if it left me wanting to go back and fill myself in with the first 6 novels in the series. Spoiler Alert- it did! While many fellow readers gasped and guffawed at my choice to skip ahead and start where I did, I have to say that it was an abnormally satisfying experience! Yes, I'm dying to go back to the beginning, just let me be me but all in all it worked so well as a standalone!One of the many reasons I've had this series on my radar is the fact that I've adored all the designs gracing the US covers, and TSW may be my favorite one to date. I have serious heart eyes for the color green. Color me relieved when I discovered that the writing was just as fascinating as the front that I so clearly judged. Novels that simultaneously contain a standalone case and a continuing backstory of the main characters will always be my storytelling form of choice; I have such high respect for authors who can pull this off as flawlessly as Jussi Adler-Olsen, which is clearly amongst the many reasons why he is so highly esteemed internationally. While I don't want to touch on the plot in detail, I was swept away to another world, particularly with the personal details surrounding Rose and her past. Even during the uglier moments, the author crafted a breathtaking beauty into the narrative just with the words he chose. If you enjoy reading translations, the Department Q series is one you'll want to add to your list, as it's one of the best english translations I've read yet.Again, I can't really speak for the previous novels in the series, unless you count my anxious excitement to read them as soon as possible, but if they are anything like The Scarred Woman I'm in for a serious treat. Nordic crime fiction is a genre I've grown highly fond of over the past year, and I'm pleased as punch to be adding this author and series to my fast growing list of international favorites. At the moment I can't think of another author who writes quite like this, but if you're a fan of the genre in general you really should jump on the Jussi train! Highly recommended as dark literature written with beauty and class, I think we'll be seeing the DQ series going on for many more years to come.*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here!

  • Barbara
    2019-03-18 09:23

    3.5 starsDetective Carl Mørck is the head of Department Q, a cold case squad that works out of the dingy basement of a Copenhagen, Denmark police station. Carl's unit consists of himself and three others, Assad, Rose, and Gordon. - Assad, originally from Syria, is Carl's partner. He's a smart, congenial fellow with an oddly sophisticated skill set.....but he doesn't talk about his mysterious background. (I'm guessing secret police.)- Rose, an office manager/investigator, is a troubled woman who exhibits multiple personalities. Her problems come to a head in this book. - Gordon is relatively new to the cold case squad and excels at background searches and other computer work. He has a crush on Rose. *****The story: When Department Q is threatened with budget cuts - or even closure - because of low solve rates Carl is furious. After all, his squad has successfully closed 65 percent of their cases. Turns out the alleged poor statistics are due to a clerical error, but a fire has been lit under Carl. Against the orders of his boss - Head of Homicide Lars Bjørn - Carl decides to investigate a CURRENT case. An elderly woman named Rigmor Zimmermann was killed by a blow to the head and robbed of 10,000 kroner. Oddly enough, the Zimmermann murder resembles a cold case from a decade ago, when a schoolteacher called Stephanie Gundersen was killed in a similar fashion. Carl and his cohorts get on the job, looking for a connection between Zimmermann and Gundersen, and investigating who might have wanted them dead. Meanwhile, the Head of Homicide has his own plans to keep the kroner flowing into the police station. Lars Bjørn arranges for Olaf Borg-Pedersen - host of a true crime television show - to film Carl and his team while they work. Carl wants no part of this publicity, and his efforts to evade and elude Pedersen provide some comic relief in the book.As Department Q looks into the Zimmermann/Gundersen homicides, a handful of women in Copenhagen are making their own nefarious plans. Anne-Line Svendsen (Anneli), a case worker for Danish social services, is fed up with the useless young women - beautifully dressed with perfect hair and make-up - who parade through her office on a regular basis. The fashionistas have myriad excuses for not working, and invariably demand handouts and favors. On top of that, Anneli overhears several of these layabouts making fun of her. When Anneli gets breast cancer, it's the final straw. Since she might die soon anyway, Anneli resolves to kill women who abuse the Danish welfare system, especially three young ladies named Michelle, Denise, and well as others who get on her nerves. Anneli decides on 'hit and run' as her modus operandi, and - after carefully consulting the internet - practices stealing cars, staking out her victims, making a getaway, and so on. When she's ready, Anneli starts mowing down her good-for-nothing clients. I can't say more because of spoilers. For their part, Michelle, Denise and Jazmine - who always need money - decide to embark on their own life of crime. They've heard that Anneli won a huge lottery some time back (she didn't), and - ironically - decide to kill the social worker and steal her jackpot. Before that, though, the trio rob a nightclub that employs Michelle's boyfriend as a bouncer.....and this leads to plenty of drama, including a death and an abduction. While all this is going on, Department Q's Rose Knudson is having a mental breakdown. She comes to work late, neglects her job, shouts at Carl, drinks too much, writes all over her apartment walls, etc. Pressured by her sisters, Rose enters a mental health facility. The Knudson sisters tell Carl that Rose was psychologically abused by their father for years; that Rose saw her dad killed in a horrific industrial accident; and that Rose has been keeping journals since she was a child. Wanting to help his colleague, Carl reads the journals....which turn out to have VERY odd entries. Department Q spends a lot of time analyzing Rose's diaries, which seriously delays their other work. (The journal rigmarole gets a bit boring, IMO, and takes up too much of the book). All these plot threads slowly and cleverly come together..... and it's fun to see each puzzle piece click into place. Saying more would ruin the fun for readers. As usual with this series, we get a peek at Carl's personal life. Carl shares his home with a former partner named Hardy who - injured in the line of duty - is now a quadriplegic. Carl moons over the police psychologist, Mona, whom he once dated. And Carl decides to find out about the factory 'mishap' that killed Rose's obnoxious father. The novel is entertaining, with an interesting array of characters and a nicely wrought plot. Highly recommended to mystery fans. Though this is book seven of the series, it can be read as a standalone. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2019-02-27 09:32

    3.5This book is part of an on-going series starring Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q. In this novel, woman are murdered and what appears at the beginning to be disconnected cases are related by one of the characters. The plot involves murder, conniving, police procedural, and a team of likable police detectives.The book is told from the alternating point of views of its characters including Detective Carl, Assad, Rose and others. This was my first book by the author and you do not have to read the previous books in the series to be able to enjoy this one. This book reminded me of non-fantasy thrillers by Stephen King, specially Mr. Mercedes. It's dark and can be described as an Scandinavian noir. The novel was a bit long and I felt that some sections could have been excluded. Overall I liked the book and recommend it to all those who enjoy thrillers. Review posted on blog.Thanks to First To Read, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amy
    2019-03-15 10:14

    4.5/5The Scarred Woman had one complex, elaborate plot, there were so many plot threads that I kept wondering how in the world they would all come together?! Don’t get me wrong, there wasn’t too much going on and I wasn’t overwhelmed or anything like that. It actually made the book really exciting, it just made me think really hard about where things were headed. At one point Carl and the rest of the Department Q team are working on five different cases at once and trying to figure out if they’re related or not. When the puzzle pieces started to fit together I was truly blown away by how intelligent and well thought out this book was. Department Q is down to just Carl, Assad and Gordan as Rose is dealing with some severe mental health issues. I thought the author did a remarkable job of tackling a sensitive subject with delicacy and sensitivity as he explored Rose’s mental health. Her illness puts extra strain on her fellow team members and adds an additional layer to the story. One of the biggest surprises here (for me at least) was how funny this book was! It’s definitely not a comedy or anything and it’s still very dark but there was a ton of humor added. Carl himself has a very dry wit and ironic sense of humor. Assad mangles several common phrases and Carl is always quick to correct him and every time I snorted with laughter. It made Assad so adorable and endearing though there is a sense of mystery surround his background that I’m hoping is explored further in the next book. These characters are extremely well drawn and well considered, you can tell that Adler-Olsen did his homework. I do want to point out that this is a rather dense read with heavy themes such as mental illness, benefit fraud, prostitution, etc. It was just under five hundred pages but I never felt like it was overdone at all. It’s set in Denmark and the sense of place is excellent, having never been there myself I felt like I had a strong grasp of what it’s like there and how it would feel to live there. Since I didn’t end up having the time to read the first six books before I jumped into this one I was a tad apprehensive about forming a connection to the characters but I shouldn’t have worried. I will be going backwards and reading some of the earlier books though since I enjoyed this one so much! I just wanted to encourage those of you who may be hesitant to start with the seventh book, do it! I don’t think you’ll regret it. All of my reviews can be found on

  • Quirkyreader
    2019-03-15 14:31

    Thank you Penguin Random House for the ARC.This is the first book that I have read in this series. The author took a group of plot lines and tied them together in one thrilling story. He took themes such as benefits fraud, mental illness, and retribution to a new level. The author also dealt with a bit of the dark past of WWII. But I won't say what it is because it will spoil the story line.I have read other Scandinavian authors before and because of this book I will keep on reading even more.

  • Laura
    2019-02-24 09:07

    I always loved his books. They count to my favorites, but now I have to say that this story wasn't as good as the previous books. I have to say it was catchy and very intense. But it was a bit too much. What i mean is, Carl Mrøck tried to solve five different cases and they have all been connected to each other. It wasn't the typical story where he starts to review and old case which is somehow connected to the present. It didn't leave enough room for the individual characters. In my opinion the characters weren't deep enough and there have been too many side rolls. Too many people who were affected somehow. I was a little bit disappointed that they didn't pay more attention to the grandfathers past, which could have been very interesting. But instead this case was closed very quickly and very shortly. All in all I'd say it was a good story, but too superficial with too many poorly described characters.

  • Donna
    2019-03-13 13:34

    Two or three stars is my question? This is the 7th book in the Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen. This whole series has been a solid four stars for me, so I was surprised I didn't care for this one. It never grabbed me. It had less mystery and it was more about Rose. I just wasn't taken hostage like I've come to expect from this author. Three stars seems generous. I'll go with two.

  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    2019-03-18 14:24

    This is a work book for me, so I'm not reviewing it! Just tracking it here :) thrilled to be working on this one!!!

  • Tonstant Weader
    2019-03-08 08:09

    The Scarred Woman is the seventh in Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series featuring Carl Mørck and his growing squad of cold case detectives. The first, The Keeper of Lost Causes, was one of the most memorable and disturbing mysteries I have ever read. Adler-Olsen followed up with several other good installments in the series. The squad grew, adding Assad, Rose, and Gordon. There were the usual bureaucratic squabbled and conflicts with superiors that seem to be a requisite trope in mystery series. No one wants a series where the detective is the departmental golden boy.In The Scarred Woman, Adler-Olsen has constructed a very complex collection of interconnected crimes and threads. Most personally pressing for Department Q is the storyline featuring Rose who is suffering a psychic break. They suspect it was triggered by an earlier case with a person who reminded Rose too much of her abusive father. They believe investigating her past might offer guidance in how to help her.Meanwhile, they are urged to investigate an old murder of a schoolteacher – unsolved for many years that might connect to a recent murder of an old woman because so few people are killed by being hit on the head. Meanwhile, a bitter social worker is thinking about murdering her clients, women she perceives as parasitic leeches draining society. And then there are the parasitic leeches on her list who have some criminal plans of their own. It’s quite a mixture of villains and villainy and sadly, it turned out to be quite a mess.Not that I don’t admire the complexity of it all. Adler-Olsen successfully brought together five separate cases into one Grand Guignol of the macabre. However, the people are so one-dimensional that they seem like caricatures. The social worker is a pathetic old, bitter woman who resents her clients and learning she may die, sets out to kill them with maniacal glee. She has not one redeeming value. The young women are beyond vapid and are written to produce disgust. We are not allowed to care about them. They are so extremely, deliberately parasitic that they seem to have been conjured straight out of Paul Ryan’s objectivist fever dreams.But sadly, as someone who really likes the Department Q series, the main characters seem parodies of themselves. The amusing misapprehended idioms that Assad frequently fractures are too frequent. I suppose there is an implicit recognition of how much that quirk is over-exploited when Assad asserts he is sick of Mørck’s constant corrections. However, for me, what was once a dash of humor leavening the grim stories was overdone to the point of parody. Mørck’s somewhat madcap detecting persona and conflicts were equally hyperbolic. At moments I was reminded of Janwillem van der Wetering’s Grijpstra and De Gier whose mysteries are hilarifying. (I know it’s not a word, bear with me.) However, that madcap sensibility was appropriate because the ethos of the stories was very different. Department Q’s mysteries involve horrific crimes, horrible people, and are often very gruesome. Adler-Olsen usually balances the mix of comic and macabre more artfully, but this time he parodied himself.So yes, The Scarred Woman is disappointing, but in comparison to the rest of his series. It is still an engaging, complex mystery that satisfies. There is ample suspense and moments when you will want to shout at the detectives and yes, the suspense is occasionally fraught. I will be eager to read the next in the series because I hope this is a singular disappointment in a very good collection of books.The Scarred Woman was released today. I received an advance e-galley through NetGalley.The Scarred Woman at Penguin Random HouseJussi Adler-Olsen author sitehttps://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpre...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-03-23 16:32

    Dual review with Swedish first and then English!SWEDISH REVIEWSelfies är bok 7 i Avdelning Q och är den första boken jag läser i serien. Nu är det så att jag länge velat läsa serien, då böckerna verkar väldigt bra, men jag har inte hunnit med dem (Så många böcker, så lite tid). Men då jag fick hem denna bok för att läsa och recencera tyckte jag att det var ett utmärkt tillfälle att se om denna serie var för mig. Jag har sett varje film som gjorts av böckerna och tack vare det så kände jag att jag var bekant med både Carl Mørck och Assad.Handlingen var lätt att komma in i, det är flertal sidospår varav flera av dem har länkar till varandra, vilket visar sig längre fram i boken. Detta är en av de sällsynta fall där jag faktiskt känner sympati för mördaren i boken (den galna bilisten som verkar vara ute efter en viss typ av offer), inte för att jag tycker att mord är acceptablet, utan för att personen i fråga har verkligen drivits till bristningsgränsen samt att offfren är inte direkt några personer man känner sympati för. Tre utav tjejerna som blir måltavlor får vi följa i ett sidospår och det är skrämmnade att läsa hur de snyltar på samället.Men utav allting som pågår i boken är det ändå Rose som jag känner mest för, den del av boken som är mest intressant och mest tragiskt. Hennes levandsberättelse är verkligen hemsk och jag hoppades verkligen genom bokens gång att allting skulle gå vägen för henne.Selfies är en mycket bra bok och jag ser fram emot att läsa de sex tidiagre böckerna i serien!Tack till Albert Bonniers Förlag för recensionsexemplaret!ENGLISH REVIEWThe Scarred Woman is book seven in the Department Q series and is the first book I read in the series. I have for a long time wanted to read the series because the books seem very good, but I haven't had time (so many books so little time) to read them until I got this home to read and review. I was very happy to get the chance to read this book to see if this series would be something for me. I have seen every movie made by the books and thanks to that do I feel that I'm familiar with both Carl Mørck and Assad.The story was easy to get into, there are several side stories, many of them have links to each other, which will be clearer later on in the book. This is one of the rare cases where I actually feel sympathy for the killer in the book (the crazy motorist who seems to be looking for a certain type of victim), not because I think murder is acceptable, but because the person in question really has been pushed to the limits and that the victims are not directly any people you feel sympathetic to. Three of the girls who become targets do we get to follow in one of the side stories and they are the kind of freeloader that don't want to work, and just get money from the state to spend on themselves.However, of all the things that are going on in the book, is it Rose that I feel most for. Her part of the book is the most interesting and most tragic. Her life story is really terrible and I really hoped through the book that everything would work out for her.In the end, I just want to say that The Scarred Woman is a very good book and I look forward to reading the six past books in the series!Thanks to Albert Bonniers Förlag for the review copy!

  • Tanja Berg
    2019-03-03 16:33

    I loved this! Jussi Adler-Olsen has done it again - delivered a fascinating story of murder and mayhem with our favorite cast of characters from Department Q. In this particular book, Rose is the main character. Her lack of reports has resulted in the department being threatened by dismantling. Carl sorts that out quickly enough. That doesn't prevent Rose from having a complete nervous breakdown and being committed. Carl, Assad and Gordon start to dig into Rose's past. They not only discover that she was badly bullied by her father. He died in an accident. Or did he? The main plot is the murders of two women that are similar but seem to be without connection. These two murders tie into the delicious travesty of social clients - the murdered women are both connected to one of them, Denise - versus a derailed social worker, Anneli. I have to admit I was quite thrilled without how Anneli plots to save society from some of its unproductive members. I realize that this is totally immoral and that all humans have their own intrinsic value. That didn't prevent me from wishing Anneli success in her endeavours. Particularly as Michelle, Denise and Jazmine are truly zits on the chin of society.What I had completely forgotten was how incredibly funny Jussi Adler Olsen can be. That's what distinguished the Department Q series from all the rest of the Scandinavian crime novels, of which there are a true inflation. He's funny, gives a glaring social commentary and manages to tie all the ends together in a neat little bow. So this was Rose's book. I hope Assad's coming soon!

  • Skip
    2019-03-04 13:09

    Carl Morck and Department Q are working cold cases when a current case being worked in homicide has some strong similarities to their case. Meanwhile, a social worker goes on a homicidal spree, targeting her "good for nothing" charges. And Department Q's Rose suffers a breakdown, which goes unnoticed, relating to her years of mental abuse from her father while growing up. These stories converge nicely, but the book suffers from 50-75 unnecessary pages about the social worker and the mean girls themselves. Assad continues to delight, with his botched idioms, and Carl does get some revenge on the bosses upstairs.

  • Carrie
    2019-02-23 13:15

    Enjoyable but not my favorite in the series. Once again there is too much time in the villains' heads and not enough in Carl Morck's. He's why I read the series. I wish more chapters were from his perspective. Plus in this one all the villains are women, and their motives require a definite suspension of disbelief. In fact, all the women in the novel are disturbed or mentally ill. Would be nice to see a well-adjusted female detective give Carl a run for his money. Still, Adler-Olsen's storytelling is always topnotch, and his knack for infusing humor into an otherwise dark story remains among the finest.

  • Annina
    2019-03-18 14:28

    In Ordnung aber leider nicht mehr.

  • Sarah Anne
    2019-03-21 14:31

    Yep, still my favorite series. This one even made me cry in the end :)

  • Vanessa Loockx
    2019-03-12 11:25

    Oh weeral spannend en emo zeg! Er is helaas nog geen nieuws over een nieuw boek in deze spannende reeks :(

  • Camilla Laugesen
    2019-03-12 15:23

    En ældre dame bliver overfaldet i Kongens Have en sen aften, i silende regnvejr. Hun bliver slået ned bagfra, med en flaske og dør af sine skader, oveni forsvinder der et stort pengebeløb fra damens taske.Hun kommer lige fra sin datters lejlighed, hvor pengene skulle have været afleveret, men på grund af en skænderi bliver det ikke til noget.Fremgangsmåden mordet er begået på, minder meget om en gammel sag, som Carls gamle chef Marcus Jacobsen skulle opklare for år tilbage. Efterforskningen lob dengang i ring og endte som en arkiveret uopklaret sag - lige noget for Afdeling Q, mener Marcus.Problemet er, ved at blande en gammel og en ny sag sammen, skal Carl og co til at samarbejde med de andre efterforskere på politigården. Ingen vil arbejde sammen med Carl og følelserne er gengældt.Rose har store psykiske problemer, hun møder kort på arbejde men må opgive. Hun kan slet ikke få tingene i sit hoved til at hænge sammen og hun ender med at splitte sin lejlighed af, og derefter lade sig indlægge på den lukkede.Det er svært for Carl, Assad og ikke mindst Gordon at hjælpe Rose, men da de bliver inviteret hjem i hendes lejlighed, af Roses søstre, ser de hvor galt det er fat. Det går op for en meget rystet Afdeling Q at deres sekretær har det meget værre end de troede...En kommunal sagsbehandler Anne Line, med nogle år på bagen i faget, er blevet træt af sin tilværelse. Hun bryder sig mindre og mindre om sine klienter, som stort set allesammen bare sidder på deres flade hele dagen og forventer at kommunen holder røven oppe på dem, når de for gud ved hvilken gang har brugt alle pengene.Især de helt unge kvinder der kommer svansende i modetøj, makeup og smarte støvler, har Anne Line svært ved at håndtere. De må kunne stoppes.....Jussi har her skrevet et mesterværk. Carl Mørk, med danmarks sorteste humor, og en assistent der ikke forstår noget af det, er tilbage.Denne roman om afdeling Q har en hektisk intensitet, hvor rablende sindsyge, hurtige biljagter og pigebander af forskellig art er i højsæde. Da en tv-hold kommer ind i billedet og Carls chef får den geniale ide at de skal følge Afdeling Q´s arbejde, kommer der noget for lattermusklerne.Der kører mange sideløbende historier i "Selfies" men alligevel er der en god kronologi og handlingen kører sig selv, selvom den udspilles med forskellige hovedpersoner, uden at læseren "farer vild"Forløbet omkring Rose er eminent skrevet. I flere tilfælde må man finde papirservietterne frem for overhovedet at kunne se teksten. Det er tydelig at forfatteren har sat sig 100 % ind i den sindslidelse som Rose lider af.Afdeling Q er tilbage og opklaringen bliver flot fordelt mellem de aktive medlemmer af denne lille specielafdeling på Københavns Politigård.

  • Ken Fredette
    2019-03-08 16:34

    This is Jussi Adler-Olsen's best book by far. It tells many stories but puts Rose's story into the mix and if you didn't like other books of Jussi's you will like this one. The woman is Scarred.

  • Mis Lecturas
    2019-03-09 16:16

    3'5 / 5⭐

  • A Girl Has No Name
    2019-03-19 15:31

    4 stars! It is definitly not a secret that I am a huge fan of scandinavian crime/thriller authors and I have to admit that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the very best out there. With the Department Q series, he managed to create a set of very special characters. Carl, Assad and Rose are all having their secrets, they are not likeable in every single situation and they are sometime taking wrong decisions with farreaching consequences. But that's what makes me like them so much - they are real! I am always looking forward to the next installment in the Department Q series and I have not been disappointed. There are a lot of reviews out there doing a great summary of the plot and I will just skip this part. I just have to say that I loved how the single strands of the story came together in the end and I also loved the unusal setting and the rather different point of view this book offered. Besides a great case, I also enjoyed finding out more about the characters and I can't wait to finally find out about Assad's secret. I guess I will still have to wait a little for this, but I am already looking forward to the next installment in this series. Highly recommended!

  • Dimitris Passas
    2019-03-26 15:28

    Ένα από τα καλύτερα βιβλία της ''ομάδας Q'' και σίγουρα το πιο ''φορτωμένο'' από πλευράς πλοκής σε σύγκριση με τα πρώτα έξι της σειράς. Ο Jussi Adler-Olsen, ένας από τους καλύτερους και πιο επιτυχημένους crime συγγραφείς στην Ευρώπη, καταφέρνει να συνδέσει πέντε (!) φαινομενικά άσχετα μεταξύ τους εγκλήματα τα οποία καλύπτουν χρονικά ένα διάστημα 15 ετών και να παραδώσει ένα γεμάτο και ολοκληρωμένο police procedural. Αν και η αρμοδιότητα της ''ομάδας Q'' περιορίζεται στις λεγόμενες ''cold cases'', στις υποθέσεις δηλαδή που δεν επιλύθηκαν και έχουν μπει στο αρχείο του αστυνομικού μεγάρου της Κοπεγχάγης, σε αυτό το βιβλίο ο Carl, ο Assad και ο Gordon αναμειγνύονται και σε τρέχουσες υποθέσεις με αποτέλεσμα να εξαγριώσουν τόσο τον διοικητή τους όσο και τους συναδέλφους ντετέκτιβ, οι οποίοι όπως έχουμε δει στα προηγούμενα βιβλία της σειράς, μόνο με καλό μάτι δεν βλέπουν τον Carl και την ομάδα του. Όπως σε κάθε βιβλίο του Olsen, κάθε φορά ο αναγνώστης παρακολουθεί ένα sub-plot που αφορά κάποιο από τα μέλη της ομάδας, με την Rose αυτή τη φορά να βρίσκεται στο επίκεντρο του ενδιαφέροντος. H εκκεντρική, ιδιόρρυθμη και παράλληλα εξαιρετικά ικανή στη δουλειά της γραμματέας της ''ομάδας Q'' περνά εξαιρετικά δύσκολες στιγμές σε αυτό το βιβλίο και μαθαίνουμε περισσότερα για το παρελθόν της και τα παιδικά της χρόνια που σημαδεύτηκαν από την εξοντωτική τυραννία του πατέρα της. Το βιβλίο έχει ρυθμό σταθερό, καλούς και σε σημεία χιουμοριστικούς διαλόγους, ενώ δεν λείπει το μυστήριο και το σασπένς. Από την άλλη μεριά, όσοι δεν είναι εξοικειωμένοι με τα βιβλία της σκανδιναβικής σχολής ενδέχεται να το βρουν σκοτεινό και καταθλιπτικό. Οι λάτρεις της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας όμως θα το απολαύσουν.ΒΑΘΜΟΛΟΓΙΑ: 3,5/5.

  • Jojo
    2019-03-22 10:28

    Es war wieder echt super. Es ist immer ein bisschen wie nach Hause kommen, wenn man in die Geschichten um Carl, Assad, Rose und Gordon eintaucht. Diesmal wurde viel zu Rose geklärt, was mir total gut gefallen hat und fast spannender war als der Fall bzw. die Fälle, die Carl, Assad und Gordon aufgeklärt haben. Deshalb gibt es dann doch auch nur 4,5 Sterne. Ich bin jetzt wirklich sehr gespannt, wie es weitergeht und bei der Lesung von Adler-Olsen, hat er durchklingen lassen, dass es im nächsten Buch dann etwas mehr um Assad geht. Wie immer für diese Reihe: Eine klare Leseempfehlung!

  • Annabee
    2019-02-27 16:12

    Zeer gemiddeldNét aan drie sterren voor 'Selfies'. Zeer gemiddeld, niets bijzonders.Jussi Adler-Olsen weet niet te overtuigen zoals in de eerste delen van de Q-reeks. Carl, Assad en Rose komen goed over het voetlicht. De overige personages, voornamelijk vrouwen, worden neergezet als minderwaardige wezens die niets kunnen en/of knettergek zijn en/of zich iets aan laten doen. Adler-Olsen onwaardig. Het verhaal is rommelig, beetje raar, zelfs haast vrouwonvriendelijk. Er zit weinig stabiliteit in, het varieert van bij vlagen goed tot volledig overbodige fragmenten. Van de vaste personages is de aandacht deze keer gericht op Rose. Carl en Assad doen weliswaar hun werk, maar hun persoonlijke ontwikkeling stagneert. Lijkt alsof Adler-Olsen niet weet hoe verder met de mannen, terwijl wij lezers snakken naar meer informatie over (de achtergronden van) Assad. Na Q5 en Q6 begon ik te betwijfelen of de auteur zijn hoge niveau nog ooit weer haalt. Met Q7 is hem dat in elk geval niet gelukt, laten we hopen dat Q8 weer als vanouds is. [En graag zonder kromme zinnen, want die komen in Q7 veelvuldig voor.][spanning 2, plot 3, schrijfstijl 4, leesplezier 3, originaliteit 3, psychologie 2]

  • Maria Göttlicher
    2019-03-08 08:20

    Fantastisk Jussi bog...! har været totalt opslugt fra start til slut

  • Steven Z.
    2019-03-08 08:30

    Anne-Line Svendsen is a very unhappy individual who is entering the mid-life doldrums. She is employed in the Danish Social Security office and has developed a tremendous hostility for the clients she deals with on a daily basis. She does not have any empathy for the people she is supposed to help, in particular a woman named Denise Zimmermann whose grandfather had been a member of the Nazi SS during World War II, a mother who is totally without any redeeming qualities, and an abusive grandmother. At the outset of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s seventh installment of his Department Q of the Danish Police Department series, THE SCARRED WOMAN, Anne-Line begins to contemplate what it would be like to murder some of those who are taking advantage of the Danish social safety net. As the plot develops Adler-Olsen’s usual panoply of characters appears; Detective Carl Morck of Copenhagen’s cold cases division; his side kick, Assad, a refugee from Syria who is slowly becoming a competent detective; Gordon Taylor another assistant, and Rose Knudsen, Morck’s administrative assistant, who after an earlier breakdown is still struggling to deal with the reemergence of her past.What makes Adler-Olsen’s latest effort so inviting is that the complex web that he creates making it is very difficult to figure out a series of murders over different time periods. There are a number of candidates aside from Svendsen and a plethora of scenarios are presented to confuse the reader further. Along with the mental exercise that is presented, there is a great deal of comic relief. Every chapter or two there is a scene involving Assad who’s English and/or Danish leaves a lot to be desired. Morck continuously corrects him leading to much laughter. Morck’s feud with the Head of Homicide, Lars Bjorn begun in previous books is continued, as is the dysfunction of his command, and the lack of competence among certain detectives. In addition, a number of characters seem to reemerge, the most important of which are retired homicide detective Marcus Jacobsen, Morck’s old boss, and Tomas Laursen, an investigative technician.Adler-Olsen does a wonderful job developing a number of plot threads that converge at times. First, there is Anneli Svendsen who is determined to be rid of women who are soaking the Danish social welfare system. Second, is Denise Zimmermann who supports herself through a number of sugar daddies and finally resorts to robbery with Jasmine Jorgensen, another woman approaching thirty who is concerned that she can no longer rely on her body as her chief means of support as she continued to get pregnant in order to collect more money from social services. Third, is Morck’s valiant attempts along with other members of Section Q to solve the murder of Denise’s grandmother Rigmor, and a cold case that is twelve years old that appears similar. Fourth, and most distressing for Section Q is the condition of Rose. She has a checkered past of psychiatric care, a father who mentally abused her and her three sisters. Rose’s diaries are discovered and they are a cry for help as she recommits herself to a psychiatric hospital. For Morck and company this is all a revelation and their relationship with Rose takes on new meaning after being kept in the dark concerning her mental condition for a number of years.As the story evolves Morck’s priorities become confused. He has the twelve year old murder, a three week old murder, Rose’s condition, and a number of breaking issues, and he is torn as to what he should concentrate on. Adler-Olsen plays on his dilemma, but also creates a plot that in some way links all of these disparate elements by the end of the book.In THE SCARRED WOMAN Adler-Olsen displays a great deal of empathy and personal emotion that is much stronger that previous Section Q tales. We see a more mature Assad, and a Carl Morck who seems to review previous relationships and faces up to a number of personal mistakes. If you have read previous renditions of Section Q, or about to try Adler-Olsen’s craft for the first time you will not be disappointed. Adler-Olsen is a master story teller and his latest is difficult to put down until the last sentence.

  • Tomáš Fojtik
    2019-03-02 11:29

    Když si nějakého autora oblíbíte, obvykle se na jeho knihy těšíte jak na Vánoce. Šesté pokračování příběhů z oddělení Q ve mně podobné emoce vyvolávalo prakticky celé dva roky, co vyšla předchozí kniha. Olsen pokračuje v rozplétání osudů postav z oddělení Q; zatímco v předchozích částech jsme se dozvídali, kdo je vlastně Asad (a pořád to nevíme), zde přišla na řadu Rose, jediná ženská členka oddělení Q. Ona je tak de facto hlavní hrdinkou celé knihy. Respektive, jedna z hlavních hrdinek. Protože pak tu máme druhou linii kolem skupiny holek a jisté sociální pracovnice. Víc o ději vám povídat nebudu, protože u detektivek byste si to měli přečíst sami. O té druhé lince nemluvím jen pro úplnost, ale také proto, že na rozdíl od toho příběhu kolem Rose mi tato přišla dost slabá. Až příliš často jsem si říkal, že tohle by se přece nemohlo jen tak stát. Až příliš často mi motivace hlavního záporáka knihy přišla přitažená za vlasy. A nakonec – až příliš často jsem si přál, aby už byl konec.Oproti těmto dvěma výtkám ale stojí dva směry chvály. Za prvé: Jussi Adler Olsen prostě umí psát. Od tohoto žánru nečekám stylistické krasobruslení, nečekám jazykové hrátky a tanec slov. Olsen možná píše trochu stroze, ale o to více poutavě. Takže vám to celou dobu příjemně utíká a než se nadějete, jste na konci. A druhá chvála: Příběh kolem Rose je velmi, velmi dobrý. Je dojemný, je strašidelný, je působivý. Pomůže vám to pochopit děj v předchozích dílech (a proto důrazně radím: číst postupně!).Jussi Adler Olsen i v Selfies (mimochodem, název knihy mi přijde hodně uhozený, protože zatímco předchozí názvy ukazovaly na příběh, tento nikoliv...) nevynechal společenskou kritiku. Možná si pamatujete, jak třeba v Složce 64 pranýřoval dánskou eugeniku nebo v Nesmírném náboženské sekty. Zde je cílem jeho kritiky sociální systém Dánska a lidé, kteří na něm parazitují. Proč ne, jako téma to je dobré.Mám-li to tedy shrnout, dva plus a jedno velké mínus. Protože ale vím, jak dobré knihy Olsen dokáže napsat, celkové hodnocení musím snížit. V porovnání se Vzkazem v lahvi, Zabijáky nebo Složkou 64 je to opravdu slabý odvar.Hodnocení: 50%

  • Luanne Ollivier
    2019-03-01 12:18

    The Scarred Woman is the latest (#7) in Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q series.Department Q is the division of the Copenhagen P.D. dedicated to the resolution of cold cases. The staff is not large - it's only Detective Carl Mørck and his assistants Assad and Rose. The characters and their interplay are the main reason I am so enamoured of this series. But the cases Adler-Olsen comes up with run a close second.In The Scarred Woman, the body of a woman is found dead in a park. But aspects of the case are similar to an unsolved case from ten years back. And so the new case is assigned to Department Q. Young women are also being targeted in Copenhagen and Carl and Assad insinuate themselves into this case as well. As always, the threat of dismantling the 'Q' is there if the cases are not solved. Carl has a running feud with the higher ups and I always enjoy the sparring between them.Adler-Olsen's dialogue is infused with a wicked sense of humour. The back and forth between Carl and Assad is a source of great amusement for me - especially Assad's camel analogies. Carl's inner dialogue is wickedly wry.These two latest cases are wonderfully different. The young women case presents an opportunity for some social commentary - wonderfully shaped and presented with skewed thought processes and dialogue. The reader is privy to three sides of the story - from the police, the perpetrator and victims.The mystery of Assad continues as Adler-Olsen continues to slowly dole out snippets of information about his past in each book. But it is Rose who takes center stage in this latest. Her troubled past has been alluded to in previous entries, but is fully revealed in The Scarred Woman. Carl's personal life has also moved along in each book. The supporting characters in his life are just as appealing - especially Hardy. And I've taken a shine to Gordon, the newer fourth member of the 'Q' team.I love this series - the complex, unusual cases, but especially the 'left of center' cast. I will be eagerly awaiting book nine. And if you like the sounds of this series, I would suggest starting with the first book - The Keeper of Lost Causes.

  • Justine
    2019-03-15 10:09

    Gisteravond ‘Selfies’ van Jussi Adler Olson uitgelezen, en ik moet eerlijk zeggen dat ik wat teleurgesteld ben. Al zijn vorige boeken waren doorspekt met humor, maar het nam nooit de overhand. Nu staat het bijna bol van cynisme waar dan wat galgenhumor uit voort komt. Ook zijn er heel veel verhaallijnen die je moet volgend. Zo begint het met een bijstandsambtenaar die langzaam maar zeker het spoor bijster raakt. De oorzaak: Meisjes die gewoon echt niet willen werken, volop frauderen en waar de bijstand geen vat op krijgt. Dit wekt de nodige frustraties op. Dan is er nog de hoofdcommissaris die het onderzoekteam van Carl Morck will opheffen, of naar boven wil verhuizen. De scores van afgehandelde zaken zijn te laag. Assad die op zijn manier de dingen benoemd en natuurlijk Rose, die weer wordt opgenomen. Bij nader onderzoek door haar collega’s blijkt dat ook Rose de nodige problemen heeft die haar geestelijk hebben gesloopt, met alle gevolgen van dien, waaronder ook de score van opgeloste zaken.Dus zoals je ziet gebeurt er heel veel. Maar bijna alles glijdt langs elkaar heen, duurt het heel erg lang voor de verhaallijnen bij elkaar komen. En dan is dit ook nog eens heel toevallig, komt het niet logisch over. De spanning is niet of nauwelijks aanwezig, wat het verhaal ook weer niet ten goede komt. Alles bij elkaar is het toch wel het minst goede verhaal in de Q-serie. De schrijfstijl is goed, de cover herkenbaar maar de inhoud laat wat te wensen over. Toch heb ik mij er wel mee vermaakt en zal ik zeker de volgende delen weer lezen.

  • Viviane Crystal
    2019-03-11 11:24

    Get ready for a thriller rollercoaster ride! Carl Marck, the head of Copenhagen’s Department Q dealing with cold cases, becomes interested in parallel details of two cases, one the murder of an elder woman years ago and a similar present murder. Department Q is in trouble and in competition with upstairs Divisions, as the politicians and police brass are interested in the number of cases completed and reported on and those begun but never finished. The outcome could be financial cuts. That is until Carl enters the scene.In a Social Services office in Copenhagen, a social worker, Anneli, is sick and tired of young woman dressed quite fashionably who show up for their unemployment benefits. They can’t or won’t get jobs. Anneli wishes she could do something about it but doesn’t do anything. But then disaster strikes when she is diagnosed with breast cancer and decides to not only fight for her life but to make her job meaningful by taking care of these leeches on Dutch society. From that decisive moment, her portion of the story becomes non-stop riveting, pulse-pushing horror! Denise, Michelle and Jazmine, predators on society, love their lives but are now the hunted rather than hunters.Rose, the main character in this novel, starts the ball rolling by being yelled out in Department Q for not completing her reports. There’s something about one of these cases that completely unravels Rose’s sanity, and the eventual involvement of Carl and Assad turns up Rose’s nightmare past, including twists and turns with murders and familial hatred beyond one’s imagination. These stories eventually coalesce, with a balanced amount of humor and serious investigation, that is pleasing. Although many of the actions in these scenes are quite wrong, this author makes the reader root for all the characters involved herein.This reviewer hasn’t read the other novels in this series but intends to do so soon. Fans of Stieg Larsson will love this novel as the desire for revenge wreaks its path across the city of Copenhagen. The Scarred Woman is a remarkable crime thriller highly recommended for all readers!

  • Judy Lesley
    2019-03-23 10:17

    Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton Penguin Group for a digital arc of this novel.Definitely for fans of the Nordic suspense novels, this one placed in Denmark. The author was very adroit in making this reader wonder what in the world was going to happen next. The characters are not cardboard cutouts and the tension builds to such a level that I found myself saying aloud, Look in that room! You didn't look in that room! I might have felt a little foolish except the detectives really did need to look in that room.Department Q is the cold case unit of the Copenhagen police force. They have already seen themselves moved down to the basement and squished into space much smaller than they need. The word has come down from the top level: show some results or the unit will be disbanded. The group is hampered by the types of cases they investigate normally, but also by the unusual behavior of one of their own team. Then a recent case seems to be connected with a cold case Department Q is investigating. From there the body count starts to climb.The translation of this novel is very good and the feeling of being in Denmark is strong and vibrant. I really enjoy reading novels set in places I've not been fortunate enough to visit and this one made me see Denmark as well as the living conditions and feelings of the characters portrayed. I enjoyed this one very much, but be prepared to turn the pages way past your normal bedtime.