Quote Sheet

Q1: The Keeper of Lost Causes / Mercy

“Jussi Adler-Olsens depiction of life in a cage is simply breathtaking all the way to the spectacular ending – groundbreaking!”

Berlingske Tidende
“Stephen King meets Anna Pihl”

★★★★★ – Jyllands-Posten
“Jussi Adler-Olsen has brought a welcoming new energy into a claustrophobic and cliché-plagued crime novel practice”

 – Ekstra Bladet
“The novel is constantly entertaining. Gruesome depiction of a woman’s nightmare”.

“I can’t stop rejoicing. (…) He is as driving brutally evil in his actions as Dean Koontz and as good a storyteller of crime novels as Stieg Larsson. (…) It is exactly that, that is so lovely about reading a really good book. You get thrown out of everyday life, pulled into the action and exposed to things which you fortunately do not experience on a regular Wednesday.”

Q2: The Absent One / Disgrace

“Jussi Adler-Olsen maintains his style all the way to the sensational and in particular violent finale.”

“Adler-Olsen is a great plot-constructor but also a strong portrayer of people, places and environments”.

Fyens Stiftstidende
The Absent One/Disgrace is well composed, linguistically elegant and fascinating in its uncovering of evil dressed in beach-front house and mental boarding-school uniform”

“An outstanding crime novel that you read in one sitting and wish the next one lied waiting for you”.

“Adler-Olsen writes original crime novels which, despite their dark matter, have a liberating humour. (…) Adler-Olsen may very well continue with Mørck and co.”.

Q3: A Conspiracy of Faith/Redemption

★★★★★ – Ekstra Bladet
“Oh, how Jussi puts good stories together… A lot of tension and razor-sharp characters with an edge.”

★★★★★ – Nordjyske Stiftstidende
“Adler-Olsen absolutely belongs in the highest top of our Danish crime-novelists. Well written, originally thought up and well researched suspense. Equal parts cheerful and horrifying shiver and in that way a particularly comfortable horror read.”

 – Fyens Stiftstidende
“It was joyfully impossible to put aside, constantly nerve wrecking and I did not feel any remorse over slaughtering my night’s sleep… Damn good. A bottled message full of nightmare. Enjoy.”

 – Jyllands-Posten
“Jussi Adler-Olsens stories about department Q are some of the best Danish crime novels these years.”

★★★★★ – Jydske Vestkysten
“One can both warn against and recommend the crime novel. Warn, because it is impossible to put down once you start and recommend, because it is immensely exciting. You sit back with bated breath and cheer on department Q who does what it can to pin down the kidnapper. The plot works, the tension works, the characters work – and I hold my breath and hope for yet another book in the series.”

 – Berlingske Tidende

♥♥♥♥ – Politiken
“Thought-provoking and teeth-grinding thriller… With the third book in the series about department Q in general and Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad in particular, Jussi Adler-Olsen confirms his position as one of the country’s best crime novelists.”

Q4: The Purity of Vengeance/Guilt

 – 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.”

“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.“

Q5: The Marco Effect/Buried

 – Jyllands-Posten
The Marco Effect has everything that readers now many countries expect and appreciate: hair-raising stories that weave in and out between each other, frantic chases, tricks to this and that in the Danish as well as global (dis) order , a sense of basic humanity amid a hurried and callous world, a critical eye for power often corrupting nature and – not least – a reckless, disrespectful and so gloriously liberating humor, which certainly (and unfortunately) not characteristic of Nordic crime fiction in general.

 – Ekstra Bladet
An excellent thriller in a full breathtaking pace, extremely well written and with a plot that is quite unusual exciting and well built … Another tophit from Jussi Adler-Olsen

 – Frederiksborg Amts Paper
The Marco Effect is like the predecessors well written. The pages turn by themselves, for it can not go fast enough to find out what awaits around the corner

 – JydskeVestkysten
It is constantly good and immersive entertainment … Jussi keeps the level of his previous Department Q-books

 – Dagbladenes bureau
A fast-paced and bloody course … the team consisting of Carl, Assad and Rose from the Department Q are back in town

 – LIV Magazine
A soft chair is unnecessary – you will be on the edge anyway

… Eminent entertainment in a quality that explains Jussi effect

A well orchestrated plot. You eat the pages one after another

ALT for damerne
Perhaps it is the dry laconic narrative that makes the difference. Perhaps the warmth, the author surrounds people at the bottom of society with. Or perhaps it is simply the compressed atmosphere between the trio of Department Q, that makes a Jussi-book a must-read if you are into Nordic Noir.

Q6: The Hanging Girl

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

 – 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 …”

Q7: Selfies

♥♥♥♥♥♥ – 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.

Q8: Victim 2117

★★★★★★ – Dagbladenes Bureau

★★★★★★  Berlingske
‘Victim 2117’ is the best of Jussi’s thrillers on Department Q so far.

★★★★★★  Søndag Magazine
With my heart in its right place after the last sentence my only thought was: “Wauw!”

★★★★★★  POV International
Suitable for the hammock, deck chair, bathing towel or wherever you read a good novel.

♥♥♥♥♥ – Femina
Thrillingly good.

Q9: Natrium Chloride

Q9: Natrium Chloride

Wall Street Journal

“Christmas is the holiday fast approaching in Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen’s The Shadow Murders, translated by William Frost. But it might as well be Halloween, for all the ghoulish deeds and wicked fiends the book contains.”

Booklist (starred)
“This nail-biter offers the best of everything Department Q thrillers promise: compelling team rapport, boots-on-the-ground detection, masterful story construction, and a cliffhanger ending.”

Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Opening teases don’t get much more tantalizing than in bestseller Adler-Olsen’s stellar ninth Department Q novel featuring Copenhagen’s cold-case division…. The climax lives up to the promise of the brilliant opening, cleverly connecting all the plotlines.”

Mystery and Suspense Magazine
“Every character seemed to come alive…. This police procedural and crime thriller has a stunning and deeply involved plot. The twists and turns will keep readers highly engaged and leads to an action-filled and emotional conclusion.”

Book Reporter

“Award-winning author Jussi Adler-Olsen delivers another spellbinding thriller, The Shadow Murders, the ninth installment in his popular Department Q series… Readers will find it hard to put the book down because it is so intense, compelling and well done on every level.”

New York Journal of Books
The Shadow Murders is a big, complex creation…. [Adler-Olsen] is an elite writer among a field of exciting Scandinavian suspense writers.”

Associated Press

“Adler-Olsen writes as if he’s lived in the United States his entire life, and the novel reads as if it were written recently, not years ago. This thought-provoking and timely political thriller shows the author can craft more than compelling crime scenarios.”                        

Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
“A tantalizing and timely premise makes this political thriller one of those all-too-real scenarios that leave you thinking once you’re done. Spicy, smart, and entertaining.

“Adler-Olsen weaves a thought-provoking dystopia. . . . A hauntingly timely political thriller.” 

Library Journal
“Scarily relevant.”   

The Real Book Spy
“Absolutely terrifying.”             


The Alphabet House


“Adler-Olsen meticulously constructs The Alphabet House…and the stomach-turning evils of Nazi culture to create a pitch-perfect thriller atmosphere.”

Suspense Magazine
“This is a suspense/thriller to beat them all. Not only does it offer action, but readers will start waiting for the rabbit to jump out of the hat and change everything.”

Jyllands-Posten (DK)
Extremely well-researched Danish thriller-debut of international standard.

Academy Award-winning producer Just Betzer
The best film I have ever read.

Publishing Trends (US/UK)
… hypnotic Hitchcock-film meets John Grisham thrill-ride.

Aftonbladet (SE)
One of the best that Jussi Adler-Olsen has ever written. His description of the grotesque misery of the patients in a mental hospital as a result of the war is touching and harrowing at the same time.

Kurier, Wien (Aus)
A crazy film to read.

NDR, Kultur, Neue Bücher (DE)
The top-notch from the Scandinavian high tension genre.

Die Welt, Literarische Welt (DE)
For fans of Adler-Olsen, this year could hardly come off to a better start than with this book.

Der Standard (DE)
This debut from the Danish writer is just as complex as his latters bestselling crime stories, yet just as gripping.


Flensborg newspaper (DK)
Horror writer of international calibre

Politiken (DK)
The style of Jussi Adler-Olsen is still that of an international bestseller (…) Here is indeed everything in terms of action and intrigue, speed and pace.

Adler-Olsen proves to be an excellent observer with indepth knowledge of the Dutch society (… ) A remarkable and highly relevant thriller.

het parool (NL)
The power of Adler-Olsen is that he knows how to put down a full story (..) he paces you through the pages.’

nrc handelsblad (NL)
‘The Danish thriller writer has conquered Stieg Larsson’ –

”Bloody good and tremendously entertaining!”