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Not quite as dark as Mankell, not quite as horrific or convoluted as Larsson, yet as gripping as either and with superbly rounded characters who leave you wanting to read more. I read 'Mercy' first, which led me to read this; this one stands alone, though you'll have a better insight into the members of Department Q if you start with 'Mercy'.
Unusually, and quite unlike 'Mercy', we know the identity of the criminals from very early on. This in no way detracts from the suspense, and this was one of those audio books which led me to be late for things as I had to keep reading. I was completely hooked, and am waiting for Audible to bring us the next two titles involving Department Q asap!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I loved this book.....it's brilliantly written and narrated. This was my first Jussi Adler Olsen experience and was a random pick... I will definitely be downloading Mercy and hoping it's as good. The plot is gripping and in depth with some unexpected twists and turns and typical Nordic darkness. However the book is more than just the plot.... the Department Q characters are brought to life. I love Carl and Assad and their relationship with the mad Rose...this really draws you in and makes you want to read the rest of the series. If you like dark, hard hitting nordic thrillers then this is for you. For me this is up there with Jo Nesbo (who is my favourite) I literally couldn't put it down and was straight on the internet to find out which other books are available in English..Great book for those of us who like grittier, dark crime novels!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Disgrace the most enjoyable?
The narrator is pure genius. Love it.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The two main leads are my favourites, although a newcomer who was annoying at first is starting to warm on me as well. The detective and his awesome sidekick. What a pair. Their personalities balance each other out perfectly.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The scene where Karl comes home and thinks there's a party happening but his step-son and lodger have set up a surround sound system.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Made me laugh in several places due to Karl's dry wit, made me smile at Assad's comments
Any additional comments?
Excellently written, a bit gory, but I listen because I'm now attached to the main characters. I'm looking forward to hearing the whole series.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I love detective, crime and thrillers. But this one is different, s slightly quirky and more interesting story. The narrator is perfect for the style. The characters are easy to know and develop an affinity with. Great read!