Read an extract from: Mercy
‘Gripping storytelling. Features all the hallmarks Scandi-book fans have come to
Guardian on Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen
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?
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Customer Review: 29 August 2012
'Tired and washed-out and a bit of an embarrassment to his Police colleagues, Carl Morck is given a newly formed Department to lead. Placed in the basement with a limited team to lead up he is passed a number of cold cases to have one last look at solving. With no resources, little personal motivation there is a distinct lack of direction from the basement where he has been placed hopefully to be forgotten. Excellent novel and quiet storytelling follows as Morck stumbles on a case that helps him exercise all his detective skills. Aided by a comical but resourceful sidekick we have a terrific plot and a real mystery is slowly revealed. Told as two separate stories that slowly converge we are witnesses to a less than perfect individual who has a knack of finding the truth in this case. Is there a conspiracy or was it police incompetence that failed to find any satisfactory answers originally. I loved the original setting; the avoidance of cliche and usual fare in police procedurals. The characters seemed to be flawed and therefore more believable. They come from the pages with substance and Morck''s demons seem also to haunt him and trip him up to the point where you wonder if he lost his way who would care about the case. As a reader you care and as the tension increases you are wonderfully taken along to a less than perfect denouncement. However this is a terrific read and happily it is just the start of this series, which means I shall seek out Disgrace as my next book of choice.'» Submit a review
"Jussi Adler-Olsen tells his stories as wickedly as Dean Koontz and has his detectives work as hard as Stieg Larsson"
"An unusually fine and extremely fascinating thriller which will keep you breathless till the very last page"
Size : 129 x 198mm
Pages : 512
Published : 28 Apr 2011
Publisher : Michael Joseph
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