26 August 2015

Review: BURIED: Department Q Book 5, Jussi Adler-Olsen

  • format: Kindle (Amazon)
  • File Size: 1252 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (February 26, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • translated by Martin Aitken
  • also published as THE MARCO EFFECT
Synopis (Amazon)

Over three years ago, a civil servant vanished after returning from a work trip to Africa. Missing, presumed dead, the man's family still want answers.
It is one of the many unsolved crimes facing Department Q, Denmark's specialist cold case unit headed up by Detective Carl Morck. But what Carl doesn't know is that the key to the investigation can be found right here in Copenhagen...
Fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson is tough, smart and very suspicious of police. Sleeping rough and hiding in the shadows is his way of life. But what does he know worth killing for - and will the police find him before whoever he is running from?

My Take:

This novel raises a number of interesting modern issues including corruption and fraud among agencies delivering international aid to third world countries; organised crime in cities like Copenhagen targetting tourists; and the relationship in police departments between those who deal with current and cold cases.

In BURIED current cases and unsolved crimes overlap, and there are those who think Department Q is over-resourced and needs watching.  The staff of Department Q are certainly odd, at times presenting an impression of dysfunctionality, but their talents are varied and they each have their own areas of expertise and complement each other well. Carl Morck tries desperately to keep them under control.

My Rating: 4.5

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's good to hear that this series continues to be solid, Kerrie.


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