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Publisher's Summary

New York Times and internationally best-selling author Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with the sixth book in his exhilarating Department Q series, featuring Detective Carl Mørck and his enigmatic assistants, Assad and Rose.
In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant, Rose, more furious than usual. Carl has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious 17-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree. The investigation will take them from the remote island of Bornholm to a strange sun-worshipping cult, where Carl, Assad, Rose, and newcomer Gordon attempt to stop a string of new murders and a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything - or anyone - get in the way.
©2015 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ted on 11-21-16

Gasp! This is marvelous!

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 11-10-15

Department Q and a Great Mystery! You cant top it!

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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