Q7: The Scarred Woman

It has come to the management’s attention that the clear-up rate at Department Q falls significantly short of expectations. Proving the contrary falls to Rose, who has descended into a psychological morass with roots that stretch back far into the darkness of the past. A past in which a terrible crime may have been committed.

Meanwhile an older woman is found murdered in Kongens Have, a crazed motorist has begun a deadly hunt for young woman, and fresh crimes are being planned elsewhere: are these events unrelated, or is there a connection buried somewhere?

Carl, Assad and Gordon are faced with a puzzle more far-reaching than ever before, all while their colleague Rose is in serious trouble. The foursome is down one member, but are they also out of luck? Will they be able to prevent Department Q being closed down, and will the killings in Copenhagen ever stop?

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♥♥♥♥♥♥ – Dagbladenes Bureau
Department Q is hard at work in this outstanding crime novel … [Jussi Adler-Olsen] writes with colossal drive and energy, and his ability to draw all the different plot strands together is second to none.

***** – Ekstra Bladet
Adler-Olsen demonstrates once again his totally unique ability to come up with an impressive plot.

***** – Jyllands-Posten
Adler-Olsen still plays like a virtuoso, with overlapping plot developments and assured writing across a range of tonal registers.

♥♥♥♥ – Politiken
In this seventh book featuring his anti-hero, Jussi outdoes himself as a master storyteller of adventure and crime.

**** – Berlingske
Adler-Olsen goes full tilt, incorporating warm and subtle humour, and the whole thing is so well oiled that the reader is drawn along with it.

**** – Nordjyske
That Jussi Adler-Olsen can concoct a plot that hangs together – that we know.

Jussi has written a masterpiece.

♥♥♥♥♥ – Krimifan
Selfies is first and foremost a thriller, as we know it, but it’s also a satire: rarely, if ever, has a crime novel made me chuckle so much. Once again, Jussi has gone over 500 pages, but I don’t think anything in it is filler or could be excised. For me, this book is proof that Jussi is at the top of his game, and the ending demonstrates that there’s still plenty in store for us.

Selfies is dark, satirical and tragi-comic, and it’s also pretty damn good and entertaining. Another important piece in the enormous jigsaw puzzle about Carl, Assad and Rose.

Denmark’s uncrowned king of crime lives up to expectations in his seventh crime novel about Department Q. This latest novel also happens to be one of the best in the series.

Out of all the novels in the series, Selfies is the one with most subplots. It’s brilliantly conceived, linguistically flowing and kept me entertained.

Adler-Olsen is sharper than ever, and the plot of Selfies is in a class of its own.