The Scarred Woman

The Scarred Woman

A Department Q Novel

Book - 2017
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"Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder. In a Copenhagen park the body of an elderly woman is discovered. The case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide investigation from over a decade ago, but the connection between the two victims confounds the police. Across town a group of young women are being hunted. The attacks seem random, but could these brutal acts of violence be related? Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q is charged with solving the mystery. Back at headquarters, Carl and his team are under pressure to deliver results: failure to meet his superiors' expectations will mean the end of Department Q. Solving the case, however, is not their only concern. After an earlier breakdown, their colleague Rose is still struggling to deal with the reemergence of her past--a past in which a terrible crime may have been committed. It is up to Carl, Assad, and Gordon to uncover the dark and violent truth at the heart of Rose's childhood before it is too late"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dutton,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780525954958
0525954953
9781101984239
1101984236
Characteristics: 472 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Frost, William 1978-- Translator

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GrandCru
Nov 11, 2017

Too many characters in story. Hard to keep track of who's who. Not as enjoyable as
previous books in series. Even a bit far-fetched.

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D_Kyle
Nov 06, 2017

The Woman of the title may emerge to be one whom fans of Jussi A-O are already familiar with, but there are many scarred women in this novel which I anticipated for so long - so good to meet the crotchety Carl Morck and the lovely Assad again - but the story did not have connection for me. It was difficult for me to empathize with any of the new characters in this tale because they are quite shallow and single-minded; revenge and gluttony are the themes here and they did not resonate. Is this an indication of how difficult the craft of writing truly is, or something more personal?

Welfare girls who leach off the system, the widow of a Nazi war criminal, a welfare case-worker with a systemic imbalance and Department Q's own Rose Knudsen are among the scarred women whose stories are woven together in this welcome update on the progress of what feels like an old friendship, spanning seven novels. If you've missed Carl and Assad like I have, surely pick this book up, but his earlier Dept Q novels are more tightly constructed with antagonists that seem to pose a greater risk to the balance of society. Not his strongest work.

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LauraSteinert
Nov 06, 2017

We finally make it to Department Q in chapter three. That chapter starts with the fellows there torturing a mentally ill man who has come to confess to a crime he didn't commit. I gave up at that point. Cruelty is not funny. Putting events out of order, and creating a long list of characters who seem to be unrelated to each other or the rest of the story is not how an author convinces me to read a 400 page novel when they is so much well-written thoughtful books I've yet to read.

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Jewettc
Oct 13, 2017

I have read (or listened to) all of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q novels, and enjoy them. Although this one started slow and a bit confusing with the chapters in a rather mixed-up date order--my advice is to ignore the dates--it picked up by half way through the book and finished quickly and was quite satisfying. All the familiar characters are present--Carl, Assad, Rose, Hardy, and Mona--but they take on proportions different from previous novels--and the reader will have greater insight into at least one character. Department Q's cold cases extend into ongoing cases. Perpetrators are rather ordinary people, but even ordinary people can be killers.

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Ssaaddy
Oct 01, 2017

His last book I could not get into but I thought I would give this a try. Huge yawn fest and gave up about 100 pages in. Would not recommend.

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