A Conspiracy of Faith

A Conspiracy of Faith

A Department Q Novel

Book - 2013
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Receiving a sealed bottle with a years-old plea for help by two young victims imprisoned in a boathouse by the sea, Detective Carl Morck follows leads to a desperate woman trapped in a brutal marriage to a man who keeps her in isolation and hides deadly secrets.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2013.
ISBN: 9780525954002
0525954007
Characteristics: 504 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Semmel, K. E.

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BWilsoned
Oct 31, 2016

After listening to the first of Department Q's stories on audio, I picked up this one as a 'Trick or Treat' brown-bag book at the library. It was fun to read about Carl and Assad tackling another cold case and inserting themselves into the open arson cases upstairs. Assad surprised me and Carl in this episode and I hope to learn more about him as the series continues. Carl is kind of the hang-dog, prickly, and sour experienced detectives that doesn't really get along with many people, and doesn't care. The collection of motley and eccentric characters both at home and at work will surely lure him out of his gloomy cave.

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loudem
Jun 14, 2016

Not my first 'Q' novel. But this one seemed too long, with too much 'inner' stories that dragged the story along. All could have been said inside 350 pages if the author had trimmed it a bit. The action would have been faster which would have made it a quick read. But as it is, I almost wished it to just end and get it over with.

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lpreston214
Feb 02, 2016

Bizarre plot about a man who has carefully planned every move he makes as he marries, has affairs, wins the trust of families, kidnaps and murders their children and gets ransom to boot. When that many people are involved, things are bound to go awry eventually. Throw Carl, Assad and Rose (or is it Yrsa?) into the mix and it's only a matter of time for the bad guy. Great stuff.

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blackburn427
Sep 23, 2015

Without giving too much away- a boy who has been kidnapped writes a message in a bottle explaining his dire situation. Years later, Detective Carl Morck receives the bottle and the mystery unfolds. This is a great novel that kept me on my toes throughout. I highly recommend it! This is the 3rd book in the Department Q series. I recommend reading book 1 first to really get to know the characters. Book 2 was a bit of a disappointment but this one is just incredible.

shadow2939 Sep 05, 2015

The third book in this excellent series. Best to read the series in order as you learn more about each character in each successive book. The process of unravelling a cold case 'clue by clue' is very well done and holds your interest from beginning to end.

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LindaMarion
Apr 12, 2015

what a well- written book. adler-olsen's books are always great. highly recommended author. start at the beginning of the series of department Q.can't wait to read more of this author!

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LauraSteinert
Oct 31, 2014

Carl and Assad just get more interesting with each book. This one is a "can't put it down" story that both broke my heart and made me furious. The police are so overwhelmed with cases, so short staffed and so disorganized by government's reorganization that the cold cases ending up on Carl's desk make you want to slap someone--anyone in politics would do.

The kidnapped children, the abused wives, the religious nuts break your heart, time and again. (Alder-Olsen doesn't judge "cults" but one of the characters does; Alder-Olsen makes it clear that it is crazy people not religions that cause problems).

It is not all depressing, first because Carl and Assad are coming to the rescue, and second because there is something weird going on with Rose who stomps off in a huff one day to be replaced by her twin sister the next--as if Carl didn't have enough to deal with, and there is asbestos in the ceilings so the basement may be shut down and Carl's little kingdom destroyed.

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IV27HUjg
Sep 22, 2014

This is the second read by the author & I'm still undecided. The Scandinavian writers offer a new vista of crime in 'another world' I've enjoyed. Because the story jumps back/forth I wonder if this is simply 'fancy footwork' meant to cover some lack of continuity & believable detail the author couldn't quite pull together. The depiction of various practices of many cults/religions were wholly unrealistic & unbelievable for me. It seems over-long, a bit redundant & wordy - like filler in place of the real thing. I wasn't as disappointed as Purity of Vengeance, not yet a fan. B+ for character development for Dept Q. Give me a mystery, not so much focus on depravity, the senseless sexual bit & the overuse of four letter words when the dictionary is so full of great choices & language. A+ for the meticulous steps in solving a crime, unlike the one hour tv program or rapid result of a book.

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StarGladiator
Aug 05, 2014

Another excellent book in an altogether excellent series by author, Jussi Adler-Olsen. Haven't ever really enjoyed any cop series in the past, but this writer is original in all of his novels.

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Terre9
Mar 04, 2014

Just when I feel I should give up on the Department Q series it draws me back in. These are dark Danish stories so be forewarned. If you liked the Stieg Larson or Wallander books you'd probably like these as well. No strong woman character but an interesting Rose/Yrsa character that I have to learn more in the next installment.

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