The Purity of Vengeance / Guilt

Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series, with more than fourteen million copies sold worldwide, continues with the most chilling cold case yet.

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.


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****** – Ekstra Bladet
“Denmark’s crime novel king. The fourth book about Department Q is the best Danish crime novel of the year.”

♥♥♥♥♥ – Politiken
“A burlesque, breathless and thrilling melodrama of international size.”

***** – BT
“Full of elementary suspense, warm humour and genuine thrill.”

***** – Jyllands-Posten
“Jussi Adler-Olsen writes refreshingly different Danish crime novels. Thanks for that!”

***** – Jydske Vestkysten
“Danish champion in crime novels.”

***** – Nordjyske Stiftstidende
“A social indignant crime novel that is critical of its time which you very well risk not putting down once you open it.”

***** – Midtjyllands Avis
“Brilliant Jussi Adler-Olsen… With “The Purity of Vengeance” we find ourselves in a territory which Jussi Adler-Olsen masters expertly.”

***** – Frederiksborg Amts Avis
“After a couple of minutes with “The Purity of Vengeance” in your hands there is no way round it. The book has to be finished before you can put it away.”

***** – Fyens Stiftstidende
“If Denmark only had one crime novelist, he had to be named Jussi Adler-Olsen. The man writes intelligently, empathetic, humoristic and dead seriously, about subjects, we all should know about. No matter if you are a fan of crime novels or not.”

***** – Børsen
“Jussi Adler-Olsen has outdone himself regarding suspense with “The Purity of Vengeance”.”

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“Everything is completed cleverly and colorful by Jussi Adler-Olsen whose joy for narration and eye for social inequalities forms a solid foundation for the gripping plot which literally surprises from start to finish.“