Carl Mørk, a Danish detective in charge of Department Q is taking a well deserved nap in his office when he gets a phone call from a police officer on the remote Danish island of Bornholm. After chatting a bit, Mørk realizes that the officer is trying to foist a twenty year old cold case about a girl hanging in a tree on him and quickly shuts down the conversation pleading over work. Relieved to have avoided this potential intrusion into his already busy schedule, Mørk tries to settle back into his nap. But a few hours later Rosie, his high strung assistant, comes running into his office with some shocking news and Mørk realizes that whether he likes it or not the disturbing case of th young, vivacious 17 year old found dead, hanging high up on a tree on the island of Bornholm is now Department Q’s case to solve.
Mørk, and his assistants Assad, Rosie and newcomer Gordon are soon on Bornholm Island reviewing the case files. They find the police on the island strangely uninterested in the case and the one officer who was interested seems to have gone off the deep end, ruining his relationship with his wife and son and even his career with this obsession. Using the clues they find in the files, the members of Department Q are soon trying to trace a man who was a part of a sun worshiping hippie commune on the island. but as they get closer to finding him, Mørk and Assad also uncover dark secrets, unrequited love, betrayal and even more murder.
I love the irascible Mørk! He is good hearted but a bit dense on how to get along with others and Adler-Olsen’s descriptions of his efforts just make me laugh. Rosie and Assad badger and bully him along, getting him to do things he is otherwise disinclined to do, but when it really counts they all pull together and work as a team to solve the case. Assad’s vaguely menacing past and Rosie’s high strung emotions add further depth and interest to the ongoing interpersonal drama of Department Q. I have read several books in this prize winning series and have never been disappointed and strongly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a new detective series to add to their reading lists!
Brenda’s Rating: ****( 4 out of 5 Stars)
Recommend this book to: Marian and Sharon
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