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The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon.
Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction. She will die first. Copenhagen detective Carl has been taken off homicide to run a newly created department for unsolved crimes. His first case concerns Merete Lynggaard, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she's dead. Everyone says it’s a waste of time. He thinks they’re right.
The voice in the dark is distorted, harsh and without mercy. It says the prisoner’s torture will only end when she answers one simple question. It is one she has asked herself a million times: WHY is this happening?
©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
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By G Matt on 06-03-14

Fantastic Crime Thriller From Denmark

One of the best crime novels I have ever experienced. This can be favorably compared to the best of Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, John Sanford and Henning Mankell. A powerful, emotional ending that will remain with me.

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By Janice Dunlop on 09-27-15

Stereotypes Spoilt It

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

This book was spoiled for me by the author's frequent use of denigrating stereotypes to describe women - witch, cow, harpy, bitch etc. He didn't demean men in the same way.

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By Nick on 02-08-13

Danish Noire superbly read by Steven Pacey

One of the best audibooks I've heard. Its a Danish detective novel with a political sub-plot - similar to the brilliant "The Killing" Danish TV series.



Read superbly by Steven Pacey - one of my favourite narrators. In fact I originally chose this book mainly due to his excellent narration of the marvelous Joe Abercrombie books which I've recently finished.



So glad I did. Just downloaded the sequel - for the continuing story of Dept Q..

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By Saffy on 04-08-13

Excellent Scandinavian crime

I was getting a little fed up of Scandinavian fiction - love Mankell but not sure about Nesbo- so it took me a while to get round to listening to this. I am so pleased I finally listened! It is a superb crime novel, as good as anything Henning Mankell has ever written. It moves along at a really good pace and keeps you guessing most of the way through. The police procedural aspect of it is one of the best I have read for a long time and I love the relationship between the detective Carl and his assistant - the enigmatic Assad. Steven Pacey is one of my favourite narrators - he narrates Susan Hill's Serailler series brilliantly- and he does not disappoint here. I also really liked the use of UK regional accents. I have now downloaded book 2 in the series and cannot wait for the release of the third book in July.

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By Tracey on 03-12-16

Give it time to warm up!

Where does Mercy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. I'm going to listen to the other 4 or 5 in the series, so good to know you can have more of the characters you have gotten to know.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mercy?

Getting to know the characters and the unwinding of the story, how the seemingly unrelated separate stories come together, but the author doesn't treat you like a ninny, he knows that you know and you keep up together.

Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

Assad! Brilliant Steven! Made me laugh. I was even speaking to myself in 'Assad' by the time the book finished..

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Love the gritty irony of Carl and how things can't get any worse. Made me feel better about my own life...

Any additional comments?

Steven Pacey's narration made it feel as though there was a cast of 100's. His best and most 'natural' voice was that of the main character, it was easy to listen to, and then, Assad's character brought a bright ray of orange zest, although he too was a survivor and that made his character brilliant. The author kept the suspense up until the end. As this was the first book in the series, I decided to start with it, so I would understand how the characters first began. There was a lot of 'setting up the story' at the start, and I had to persist with that, but after the first third of the book, it warmed up and the characters came alive. I am now working my way through all 5 books.

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By Tim on 02-03-16

Ripping good stuff

A fantastic novel that blends humour with dark crime mystery. Great work by the author and the utterly engaging narrator. Highly recommended. Looking forward to the rest of the Department Q series!

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