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Publisher's Summary

International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences.
In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.
More than twenty years later, Detective Carl Mørck already has plenty on his mind when he is presented with the case of a brothel owner, a woman named Rita, who went missing in the eighties: New evidence has emerged in the case that destroyed the lives of his two partners - the case that sent Carl to Department Q.
But when Carl's assistants, Assad and Rose, learn that numerous other people disappeared around the same weekend as Rita, Carl takes notice. As they sift through the disappearances, they get closer and closer to Curt Wad, who is more determined than ever to see the vision of his youth take hold and whose brutal treatment of Nete and others like her is only one small part of his capacity for evil.
With The Purity of Vengeance, Jussi Adler-Olsen delivers a thrilling and shocking addition to his best-selling Department Q series.
©2013 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2013 Penguin Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Adler-Olsen merges story lines...with ingenious aplomb, effortlessly mixing hilarities with horrors...This crime fiction tour de force could only have been devised by an author who can even turn stomach flu into a belly laugh." ( Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review)
"Another accomplished exercise in three-decker suspense" ( Kirkus Reviews)
"…this installment of the Department Q series excels in audio and literary talent." ( AudioFile)
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By Lynne F on 01-03-14

Love the Department Q series!

This is a great series, I thoroughly enjoy the humor, the characters and of course the carefully crafted thrilling plots. Carl, cynical, sardonic and oh so human, the mysterious and totally lovable Assad, loopy Rose and her alter egos, tortured Hardy and all the regular cast are here … and they dive into the ugly and shocking world of eugenics - past and present. Yes about two thirds of the way through the foreshadowing of 'whodunnit' is there - but that does not take anything away from the story. I can hardly wait for the next time we visit Carl et al - because Adler-olsen makes you care about them all!

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By Charles Atkinson on 01-30-14

It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge

Revenge is a personal favorite in mystery novels. The abuses this particular woman suffered through had me crying out for justice. But unlike many revenge stories this one has some real twists that makes for an emotional roller coaster throughout the novel.

Department Q is simply great entertainment. Carl Mork and Assad have a charisma and synergy that makes you want see them go at it for years to come. I've yet to find anyone close to Nesbo's Harry Hole series, but Department Q is still a 5 star listen in my book.rr

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23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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