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Publisher's Summary

Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian crime thriller.
1987. Nete Rosen thought she'd put her traumatic youth behind her. Her caring foster parents and loving husband helped her start again. However, when a man from her past reappears one night, Nete's new life could be shattered. But she won't be drawn back into that nightmare - she won't be a victim again...
2010. Detective Carl M'rck from Copenhagen's cold case division is looking into the disappearance of Rita Nielsen, an escort agency owner. The investigation reveals that Rita is only one piece of the puzzle. Because this is not a one-off incident - but part of a disturbing pattern which has been hidden from prying eyes for over twenty years...
Jussi Adler-Olsen was born in Copenhagen and worked as a magazine editor and publisher before starting to write fiction. Mercy and Disgrace are the first two in currently four novels in the Department Q series. He holds the prestigious Glass Key Award, given annually for a crime novel by a Scandinavian author, and is also winner of the Golden Laurels, Denmark's highest literary accolade.
©2014 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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Critic Reviews

"Gripping storytelling" ( Guardian)
"Engrossing" ( Sunday Express)
"As impressive as it is unnerving" ( Independent)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Craig on 03-01-14

This is the Book "The Purity of Vengeance" Renamed

This has happened to me previously. Audible brings another narrator's version of the story online, changes the title for the North American audience, and I end up buying it, unaware that I have already listened to the novel. I am a bit torqued over this because now I have to go through the hassle of returning the book. I have purchased 1257 audio books and I want to be able to rely on Audible to get this stuff right the first time.

Buy the "Purity of Vengeance," narrated by Graeme Malcom…he is a much more compelling narrator.

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45 of 46 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Sloane on 03-06-14

Same book as Purity of Vengeance, just renamed!

What disappointed you about Guilt?

I didn't buy "The Purity of Vengeance" on I bought it here, I was thrilled when I saw a new book in the Dept Q series... didn't need to read the summary, just bought it. Then as I got ready to download it, I read the the synopsis and thought it sounded awfully familiar! There should be something in Audible's database that detects a purchase like this. Yes, I was able to return it, but why waste my time?!

What other book might you compare Guilt to and why?

Um ... The Purity of Vengeance!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steven Pacey?


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

I think my feelings are obvious at this point!

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12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By RubyShoes on 03-12-14


Having read the other 3 Department Q books I was really waiting for this one and I wasn't disappointed it was just as good as the other 3.

The same well thought out plot the same dry wit.. the same excellent narration by Steven Pacey but I'm going to be picky here... having your main characters begin the book with a cold which brings with it a dodgy tummy o.o and lasts the entire book may work in print but as an audio-book not so much!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By caroline on 05-14-14

Absolutely love Jussi Adler Olsen

Would you listen to Guilt again? Why?

I listen to all the series again which very rarely happens with me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

This author is wonderful. Probably my favourite crime writer at present. I thoroughly enjoy the characters, the story lines and whilst sometimes slightly unbelievable the entertainment value and narration make up for it. I think Steven Pacey is an excellent narrator and rate him as one of the best

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sandra on 10-25-14

Adler-Olsen and Pacey - a marriage made in heaven!

We've now listened to all four of the Department Q stories and enjoyed them all. Adler-Olsen just gets better and better, and Pacey is such a wonderful reader. It still tickles me that all these Danes have regional English accents!

The story lines are quite gruesome and contorted at times, but it is the development of the stable characters - Karl, Assad and Rose/Ursa - that I have loved the most. Assad remains a mystery and some of his adages are quite hilarious, especially in the way that Pacey tells it! To find yourself laughing in the midst of a series of terrible unsolved crimes is bizarre, but laugh we did - it just makes Assad more loveable - they're all loveable in their own unique, weird ways.

Adler-Olsen weaves a clever tale, with plenty of psychological background of the perpetrators of the crimes to make their actions understandable, albeit inexcusable. However, the development of the main characters that go from book to book, is endearing. You're left wondering about their psychological backgrounds and wanting more information, which he metes out in piecemeal fashion to keep you wanting more - clever! I can't wait for the next book and I hope that Steven Pacey continues to read the story to us. Together they make a brilliant combination! When is the next one coming out????

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 07-17-17

Slow start but worth hanging in

Stephen Pacey's narration is always an incredible joy to listen to. His intonation and ability to capture a character is the best I've listened to. Worth buying for his delivery alone.

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