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Adler-Olsen's done something here that few successful genre authors do. Without leaving the scheme of his epic Department Q epic, he's created a complex cultural world to deftly explain an intriguing plot that whirls and twists like an Olympic high platform diver. And with equal daring. A story that ends with a last sentence that nails everything probably... completely probably. Graeme Malcolm has created the texture of the ensemble and leads it effortlessly through each snap and pop of this cerebral plot. It is the finest of the six Q novels I've read and a quantum leap beyond each of its predecessors.
Take care.... begin this journey with "The Purity of Vengeance" since "The Hanging Girl" does not stand sensibly alone. Take each step before this striking leap. I've not yet experienced a series author take such a sharp bound this far into a narrative. What a risk! What an achievement. This book will haunt me. It is among the best of the genre.
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The Department Q series is the most entertaining of any of the detective series on Audible. I still hold Nesbo's Hole series as the absolute best, but for fun, humor,and great mysteries Department Q is spectacular.
Department Q was created by parliament to reopen and solve cold cases. However the police force used it as an opportunity to bury Carl Morck, a very talented, but equally obnoxious, narcissistic detective by having him head the department. They place him in a basement with almost complete anonymity, along with two or three mysterious outcasts. Rose is his antisocial, overbearing office manager/detective. Ahmad is his mysterious Syrian sidekick who has a weak grasp of the language, a mysterious background Carl has never been able to discover, and yet he has made himself indispensable To Department Q.
The dialogue is quick and sharp, packed with subtle humor. This where the talents of narrator Graehem Malcom are best suited. I cant think of a better performance anywhere.
The Hanging Girl is an intriguing mystery, a hugely entertaining addition to a remarkable series.
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