The Marco Effect : Department Q

  • by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by Graeme Malcolm
  • Series: Department Q
  • 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.
Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Mørck needs is for his assistants, Assad and Rose, to pick up a missing persons case on a whim: Carl's nemesis is his new boss, and he's saddled Department Q with an unwelcome addition. But when they learn that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy. Carl's actions propel the trio into a case that extends from Denmark to Africa, from embezzlers to child soldiers, from seemingly petty crime rings to the very darkest of cover-ups.
Please note: This book has also been published under the alternate title Buried.


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Funny, Sharp Witted, Dept Q Worth The Wait!

In some series the characters and settings make the mystery secondary. Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness mysteries and Cotterhill's Dr. Siri are two excellent examples. But with his Department Q series, Alder-Olsen delivers his unforgettable characters in equally riveting thrillers.

Marco is a 15 year old boy trapped within his own family of European gypsies. He hates his life and when he rebels against his father and uncle, his fate seems sealed. Learning he will be permanently maimed to set an example for the others in the family, he escapes to seek a new life. During his escape he unwittingly uncovers a murder which if discovered, will expose extremely rich and powerful people.

Carl, Assad and Rose are back in full force with the same comic genius, synergy and sterling detective work that marks each of the books in the series. Only there's an additional member of the team who just may prove to the straw the breaks the camel's back for lead detective Carl Mork.

We also learn a bit more about the mysterious Assad's background and why he's in Dept Q in the first place. Of course, Rose rounds out the trio with her high heels, black eyes and bad attitude.

Graeme Malcom is the best possible choice as narrator. His work here and throughout the series is outstanding.

I give this 5 stars because of its humor, great characters, stellar narration and unique story line.
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- Charles Atkinson "Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?"

Chasing Marco - could have been a better title

I really like this series. Great character development, witty and well written.

This book starts out with a gripping storyline that made me want to listen straight through. However, about 3/4 into it, the chase scenes started. Everybody wanted to get Marco for a potential reward, and he seemingly had no place to hide. There were different groups hunting him around every corner of the city, and his escapes were nothing less than remarkable. These chase and escape episodes I thought were really overdone and I got tired of them to the point of using the fast-forward button through some.

The underlying story is very intriguing and I enjoyed the book overall. Of course the narration is first rate--Graeme Malcolm is perfect for this series.

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- Jacqueline "."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio