The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

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Dutton, 2013 - FICTION - 500 pages
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"International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, delivers his latest in the bestselling Department Q series ? 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 ; already has plenty on his mind whenhe 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. "--

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User Review  - gmmartz - LibraryThing

As with most translated Nordic mysteries I've read, The Purity of Vengeance has a good story, straightforward writing (due to translation, I assume), lots of introspection, and a nice conclusion. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - jkdavies - LibraryThing

This is the 4th Department Q book, and focussed on a set of linked disappearances from 1987, and the goings on of a sinister political party preaching eugenics. The police work was more to the fore ... Read full review

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JUSSI ADLER-OLSEN is Denmark's #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe and have sold more than fourteen million copies around the world. His many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards include the Glass Key Award, also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg.

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