Summary

The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s sensational new thriller, read by the actor Steven Pacey.
Two boys, brothers, wake tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Their kidnapper has gone, but soon he will return. Their bonds are inescapable.
But there is a bottle and tar to seal it. Paper and a splinter for writing; blood for ink. A message begging for help.
In Copenhagen’s cold cases division Carl Morck has received a bottle. It holds an old and decayed message, written in blood. It is a cry for help from two boys. Is it real? Who are they and why weren’t they reported missing? Can they possibly still be alive?
©2013 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
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4 out of 5 stars
By PatM on 10-10-13

Best Department Q yet!

The best in the Department Q series so far. Not as horrific as the first novel and not as bloated as the second installment. A good mix between humour and tension as we revisit the quirky characters of the Department Q team, some of whom themselves are shrouded in mystery. An old message, written in blood, is found in a bottle floating off the coast of Scotland. Scottish forensics discovers the message is in Danish and the bottle is sent to the Copenhagen Police, where it lands on the large pile of cold cases languishing in Department Q. While the reader knows the back story of the message and that the killer is still at large, the tension builds as the Department Q team slowly piece the story surrounding the message together. The listener waits with abated breath for the team to connect the dots and make the breakthrough and when it happens the pace is taken up a notch with a very tense race against time. An excellent third installment to a very enjoyable series. As always Steven Pacey's narration is superb. I must have made quite a spectacle of myself in traffic, jumping up and down in the car, shouting and waving my fists at the radio! Loved listening to this one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 15-09-15

It's Not Worth Reading This Review

Honestly, no-one should listen to me in any way when I discuss the Department Q series of audiobooks. I seem to have completely lost my ability to think objectively about them because they seem that good to me. I don't think any other series in this genre has made me more tense for the victims or made me laugh out loud so much as Carl Morck and his crew of misfits have done!

It's a heady mix of cleverly thought out plot lines and rich characters which develop further with every installment. The fact that the lead is a laconic, tired guy disliked by most of his colleagues and is supported by two of the most unusual assistants in detective fiction makes for a wonderful chemistry. Assad and his sayings plus Rose and her moods are brought wonderfully to life by Pacey's superb narration with the long-suffering Morck caught in between! Carl's struggle to assert his authority is a continual source of amusement.

As I say, just don't pay attention to me about these books. To me they are simply perfect and I can't be trusted to review them sensibly :-)

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1 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 13-08-13

Wrong Book!?!?

I just downloaded "Redemption" after having listened to "A Conspiracy of Faith," also by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Interestingly, Audible is selling the IDENTICAL BOOK UNDER TWO TITLES.

Cospiracy or honest mistake? You decide.

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5 out of 5 stars
By PaperArtist on 18-09-13

Another winning Scandi thriller!

I love Scandinavian crime thrillers and this is just fabulous. I am enjoying the growing interaction between Karl and Hassad. In the series, I would rank the 1st book best, this book second best and the 2nd book my least favorite. Jussi Adler-Olson has adeptly developed a wicked crime drama... the backdrop is an amusing, chaotic work environment for Karl and the folks at Police HQ. Well done and recommended. Although there are fewer books in the series, I do enjoy the Adler-Olsen books better than those of Jo Nesbo, if I had to choose!

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