Victim 2117

Victim 2117

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"The newspaper refers to her only as Victim 2117-the two thousand one hundred and seventeenth refugee to die in the Mediterranean Sea. But to three people, the unnamed victim is so much more, and the death sets off a chain of events that throws Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division led by Detective Carl M©ırck, into a deeply dangerous-and deeply personal-case. A case that not only reveals dark secrets about the past, but has deadly implications for the future. For troubled Danish teen Alex, whose identity is hidden behind his computer screen, the death of Victim 2117 becomes a symbol of everything he resents and the perfect excuse to unleash his murderous impulses in real life. For Ghallib, one the most brutal tormentors from Abu Ghraib-Saddam Hussein's infamous prison-the death of Victim 2117 was the first step in a terrorist plot years in the making. And for Department Q's Assad, Victim 2117 is a link to his buried past-and the family he assumed was long dead. With the help of the Department Q squad-Carl, Rose, and Gordon-Assad must finally confront painful memories from his years in the Middle East in order to find and capture Ghallib. But with the clock ticking down to Alex's first kill and Ghallib's devastating attack, the thinly spread Department Q will need to stay one step ahead of their most lethal adversary yet if they are to prevent the loss of thousands of innocent lives"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dutton,, [2020]
Copyright Date: ℗♭2020
ISBN: 9781524742553
Branch Call Number: M ADLE
Characteristics: 468 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Frost, William 1978-- Translator


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Oct 23, 2020

Very stressful and intense. As one reviewer said, it definitely does not have as much of the humor as some of the others have had. This one finally explains what's up with Assad much as the previous book, #7 in the series, explained Rose. I go back and forth on whether or not things were left so there will be a 9th book in the series. For the final big scene in Berlin, go to Google maps and the satellite and you can almost follow the action step by step!

If you have not read the series in order, it will be extremely difficult for you to understand who is who and why they are the way they are. Just bite the bullet and go back to #1 of the series and start there.

Aug 15, 2020

Terrific and tension filled...hard to put down if you have followed this series!

Jul 08, 2020

I found this to be a dreary read compared to the other books in the Dept. Q series. It is missing the humour and the reporter, who plays a main part, is an unbelievable character. No reporter worth his/her salt would behave in that underhanded and amateurish fashion. One star.

Jul 07, 2020

This book is a bit of a departure from Adler-Olsen’s other Department Q books. Carl Mørck is the head of Department Q in the Copenhagen police department. The department was more or less created to get rid of trouble makers, oddballs, etc. from the main police corp. The department is demoted to working out of the basement and handling only cold cases (unsolved cases). Carl is teamed with Assad (a man of Middle Eastern background), Rose and Gordon. Throughout the books Carl is always insinuating that Assad was probably employed by Saddam Hussein’s secret police or some other nefarious organization, but Assad’s background remains unknown until this book which is mainly about Assad’s past. The story also intersects with a Copenhagen young man who is intent on murdering people in Copenhagen when he reaches number 2117 on his computer game. So, the book isn’t digging into a cold/old case but covering old stories which reflect on modern situations both dealing with forms of terrorism. You probably don’t want to read this book until you have read the earlier Department Q novels. The early books set up the characters and their issues both personally and within the police department. Author Jussi Adler-Olsen creates unique characters in a fast paced, action packed story.

Apr 02, 2020

Readers familiar with” Department Q”, Copenhagen's cold cases division led by Detective Carl Mørck, are in for a tension filled, page turner in this 8th in series novel. Jussi Adler-Olsen draws the reader in the from the first chapter through the last. In the first novel we are introduced to Carl Mørck, one of Copenhagen’s best homicide detectives. He and 2 other cops were involved in a lethal shoot out resulting in the death of one, the other paralyzed with Mørck physically unharmed, grief filled, and guilt stricken. He is surprised to learn upon his return to headquarters, he has been promoted to head a new cold case division, Department Q. Located in the dreary basement hallway of the building he is given no office, equipment or filing cabinets. He is the lone ranger in this newly formed “department”. Mørck demands an assistant to "help" him set up the office. Enter Assad, an unassuming, humble, naïve, yet earnest, hardworking man. In this novel, Olsen spotlights Assad’s character, history, revealing his tortured past in the Middle East, the family members he left behind, and the impetus behind Assad’s flight to Denmark. Be forewarned, there is little levity in this story. Assad is far more complex and sophisticated than he first appeared. For those who have never read any books in the series, it’s best to begin reading the books in order of publication. An excellent read, the best thus far in the series.


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