Monday, July 4, 2011

Review: Mercy - Jussi Adler-Olsen

UK Title: "Mercy"
US Title: "The keeper of lost causes"
Original title: "Kvinden i buret"
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen.
Series: Serie Q #1
Publication UK: 28 April 2011.
Publication US: 23 August 2011.
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780141399966.
Pages: 512
Price (UK): 6,99 pounds.

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 go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction. She will die first.

Copenhagen detective Carl Mørck’s 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 new recommendation for those who likes thrillers has fallen into my hands. This book is written by the Danish Jussi Adler-Olsen and with it you will not be aware about the pass of the time because is an amazing novel.

A gripping thriller which tells on the one hand the perspective of the victim, Merete Lynggaard, who disappeared four years ago. On the other hand we have the point of view of the person in charge of the investigation, Carl Mork.
Along with two other small plots that revolve around the simple cases they do know a little more to this great detective, Carl. The novel is loaded with intrigue, mystery and anxiety and free from love.

And then came the fear, slipping quietly, like an infection.

In the beginning we can see on the one hand a broken detective who lost a partner and saw another seriously injured, Hardy, on a mission.
On the other hand we have a successfully woman taking advantage of her free time to combine her love life with the care of her brother Uffe until one day when she vanished without a trace.

A great and clear writing that make reading a pleasure and a constant enjoyment of words that his writer has created for us to see how distressing it can be to be kidnapped as well as the time passes and running out to arrive on time to save a life...or a corpse...

To solve this case, the police have created a special department called "Department Q" in which Carl will be in charge and will deal with the case with his faithfull, unknown and puzzling assistant Assad that gradually make us wonder who he is and what role will play in the outcome!

The best: The denouement in wich the pieces fit together. 
The worst: a small detail that has led me to find the bad people of story early but this not suppose a problem because there are more questions to answer..

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