Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen is Scandinavia's new bestselling crime writing sensation. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction. She will die first. Copenhagen detective Carl Morck has been taken off homicide to run a newly created department for unsolved crimes. His first case concerns Merete Lynggaard, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she's dead. Everyone says it's a waste of time. He thinks they're right. The voice in the dark is distorted, harsh and without mercy. It says the prisoner's torture will only end when she answers one simple question. It is one she has asked herself a million times: Why is this happening? A dark and mysterious story, Mercy establishes Jussi Adler-Olsen as the master of the Nordic thriller. Praise for Jussi Adler-Olsen: "The new "it" boy of Nordic Noir". (The Times). "Gripping story-telling". (Guardian). "This pitch-black novel will have readers hungry for more". (Independent). Jussi Adler-Olsen was born in Copenhagen and studied medicine, sociology, politics and film. He worked as a magazine editor and publisher before starting to write fiction. So far he has written four Department Q thrillers, which all hit the Danish bestseller lists on publication and stayed there ever since.

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Jussi Henry Adler-Olsen was born in 1950 in Copenhagen. After graduating from the state school in Rødovre, he studied medicine, sociology and film making. In the late 1970s, he worked in various areas of publishing including cartoon-scripting, proof-reading and journalism. He went on to write two books about Groucho Marx (1984-1985). His first successful novel, Alfabethuset (The Alphabet House), followed in 1997. It tells the story of two British pilots on a secret mission who are shot down in Germany during World War II. It was followed in 2002 by Og hun takkede guderne (The Company Basher), a thriller set in Iraq in which an Indonesian specialist in destroying large corporations is persuaded to bring down an oil company. In 2006, Washington Dekretet (The Washington Decree) begins with the assassination of the Democratic front-runner on the eve of an American presidential election. His first novels in the crime-thriller series about Department Q, Kvinden i buret (The Woman in the Cage, US title -The Keeper of Lost Causes) and Fasandræberne (Disgrace) were published in 2007 and 2008. Both are set in Denmark where they increased his popularity, appearing at the top of bestseller lists. Then followed Flaskepost fra P (Message in a Bottle) in 2009, and Department Q book, Journal 64, was published in 2010. His title Absent One made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012.
Published January 1, 2011 by HAMISH HAMILTON. 503 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The Bookbag

Maverick detective Carl Morck's patch covers Copenhagen and beyond as his new role involves solving previously unsolved cases - and one in particular catches his attention.

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Open Letters Monthly

Since Henry is promising money, manors, servants, and a quasi-prince for a son – and promising it all to a Boleyn, never the most sentimental folk – Madge’s reluctance doesn’t read plausibly, and on that score it’s got company in this book: Anne Boleyn herself is hardly more than a virtuous, dedi...

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The Sydney Morning Herald

In a stroke of management genius, his superiors consign Morck to the basement, where he can surf the net all day while ostensibly heading the new Department Q, dedicated to solving unsolved crimes of ''national interest''.

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Carl is shunted to the basement of the police headquarters with boxes of unsolved cases and a jack-of-all-trades Middle-Eastern assistant, Assad.

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