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 N. R. Gawlak on 02-11-13

Jussi and Steven...Pacey Makes Another Winning Duo

The book, by itself, is a very good good thriller. I kind of like European settings for thrillers and mysteries...especially northern and eastern Europe where winter bleak gives the mystery an icy edge. This is the 2nd Adler/Olsen Dept. Q book I've heard from Audible.
For plot, great. For characterization...great. Even though it is about that highly overdone bogeyman...the serial killer...(I usually refuse to bother with most novels employing this device) this author actually made the story fresh and imaginative and did a masterful job of varying the pace of the plot, throwing in wit with bits and pieces of the more mundane human comedy. I have developed a wariness committing my time to reading "follow up" novels written as part of series. Each story, I think,must stand on its own merit. Adler-Olsen is +2 for 2, in my opinion.
I first heard Steven Pacey reading Joe Abercombie's "First Law" trilogy. He made all three books come alive. His narration makes me feel like the child I used to be who sat in front of the old console radio with his whole attention riveted on "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon" or the stories told on the "Buster Brown Show" every Saturday morning From those voice(s) a kid could imagine worlds he or she never "saw". Mr. Pacey has that gift of being able to inspire one's imagination in that way, too, I think. At least for me. Like with Abercrombie's works, Mr. Pacey's narration enhances the entertainment value of this book, immensely. Having written that, I must add that the entertainment value of the novel, itself, is quite high.

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