Q6: The Hanging Girl

In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap, with his legs on the desk in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague from the Danish island of Bornholm.

“Well, yes, I am sorry to bother you, but perhaps you have time to listen to me.” But Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, and in the other end the receiver is quietly put down. Only a few hours later, the consequences have become completely unpredictable and Carl’s headstrong assistant Rose is more furious than usually.

Under much pressure he leads Department Q into a seventeen year old and extremely tragic case of a young, fun-loving woman who disappeared from her school and was found killed hanging in a tree. The very down-to-earth Carl is now facing a difficult and mysterious case, while a skilled manipulator with an iron will protects itself and those around it by all available means and refuses to let anyone or anything get in the way.

Throughout the investigation, encountering uncompromising, alternative environments, Rose, Assad, Carl and newcomer Gordon are challenged in all sorts of ways, while old cases and secrets threaten to topple the foursome.


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***** – Jyllands-Posten
“Jussi Adler-Olsen is in top form.”

FFFFF – Femina

***** – Dagbladenes Bureau
“Jussi Adler-Olsen exceedingly refines the novel’s different storylines to meet in a staggering finale. Underway the psychological get its turn and more layers are put upon our knowledge of Carl, Assad and Rose, so the hunger for more in the next meeting with the three is undiminished.”

***** – BT
“It is surprising, entertaining and devilish well-constructed.”

***** – Ekstra Bladet
“… a smashingly good crime novel that is hard to put down on the way.”

♥♥♥♥♥ – Litteratursiden
“A fantastically well written novel and exciting criminal thriller.“

♥♥♥♥♥ – Litteratursiden
“Jussi really unrolls himself when he describes the alternative environments and while he simultaneously manages to build a good suspense…”

***** – Geek Culture
“… this crime novel was in short a pleasure. A story of that kind which I as a reader had a hard time putting away.”

**** – Nordjyske Stiftstidende
“… besides being intelligent with a floating pen, Jussi Adler-Olsen describes his characters with warmth and humour.”

**** – Folkebladet
“… “The Hanging Girl” is an excellent suspense novel. Jussi Adler-Olsen has yet again served a noble champagne.”

**** – Ekstra Bladet
“Plot, gallery of characters and points are as always completed and when the suspense curve begins to tighten it steadies until the end.”

**** – Berlingske
““The Hanging Girl” is a good and smooth thriller with lots of humour, quirky characters and good karma.”

**** – Politiken
“Jussi Adler-Olsen delivers the goods to all his fans with lots of suspense and fatal crimes…”

**** – Børsen
“It is entertaining, good and scary.”

“… you are in good company with Carl Mørck, Assad and Rose …”