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Disgrace (Afdeling Q #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,493 Ratings  ·  1,373 Reviews
Kimmie's home is on the streets of Copenhagen. To live she must steal. She has learned to avoid the police and never to stay in one place for long. But now others are trying to find her. And they won't rest until she has stopped moving - for good. Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, the cold cases division, has received a file concerning the brutal murder of a brother an ...more
Paperback, 530 pages
Published June 21st 2012 by Michael Joseph (first published May 28th 2008)
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Feb 02, 2016 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Αυτό το βιβλίο θα μου άρεσε πολύ περισσότερο αν είχε έστω ένα μυστήριο η ιστορία του. Αλλά όχι, από την αρχή ξέρουμε τους εγκληματίες, τα εγκλήματα τους και τα επόμενα βήματα τους καθώς ο αφηγητής σε κάποια κεφάλαια αφηγείται και την δική τους μεριά (κοινώς όλα αυτά τα υπέροχα ερωτήματα που αναφέρονται στην υπόθεση του οπισθόφυλλου της ελληνικής έκδοσης τα απαντάει εξαρχής). Αυτό με χάλασε λίγο γιατί περίμενα να είναι βιβλίο μυστηρίου αλλά τελικά είναι καθαρά δράσης. Το άλλο στοιχείο που δεν μου ...more
Jennifer Thomson
I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to the second offering by this author. Sadly, Disgrace was a major disappointment and I couldn't even finish it. In fact, I was so disappointed that I did something I've never done before and asked for a refund.

I had three problems with the book. 1. There wasn't enough of Assad, the brilliantly drawn assistant of Carl Morck. For me, it was Assad who was the stand out character in the first book. In this book, he wasn't used enough.

2. The character
Book Review:

Note: this is not a who-dun-it (we know the "Who" of it from the get go). So, if the lack of this doesn't hit your sweet spot, it might not appeal.

The Absent One is Adler-Olsen's nod towards psychiatry (sociopathy), youth gangs, and his ever-present criticism of just about everything: a judgment that comes across as a razor blade deftly plunged into the soft flesh of Danish politics and wealth.

"In tiny Denmark the system was so ingenious that if you knew dirt about somebody, they al
Kenneth Fredette
I really like the story line a lot. I could see this happening. Jussi made Assad seem real in this story, giving people a hard time and then in the end he was so human. It's a good story for you to sink your teeth into. Not for the lite hearted.
Lukasz Pruski
A disappointment! I liked Jussi Adler-Olsen's "Keeper of the Lost Causes" quite a lot. "The Absent One" is definitely not in the same class. Carl Morcks's character is still interesting, but the characterizations of two other protagonists, Assad and Rosa, are just caricatures.

"The Absent One" could have been a great revenge story, yet it veered into a totally unbelievable territory. Would you believe rich industrialists and fashion celebrities to be mass murderers? No, I guess not. But the book
Apr 17, 2013 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, I didn't find this one nearly as engrossing as the first book in this series. As a matter of preference, I tend to prefer books where the culprit isn't revealed until the very end (as opposed to ones where the reader knows from the start who the villain is, and the story is all about the detective finding the proof) -- so that was one disappointment with this book. A worse disappointment was the story of the crimes -- bored, sadistic rich people hurting people just for the rush -- ...more
Jul 16, 2012 Eleanor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
When I finally gave in to the "Dragon Tattoo Nordic" wave (and no, I still haven't read that series), I started with Adler-Olsen's chilling "The Keeper of Lost Causes." It was diabolically excellent, and although it didn't launch me into Nordic Frenzy, I couldn't wait for the next Department Q installment.

This is the second in what I feel certain is going to be a long relationship -- "The Absent One" was diabolical in a whole 'nother way. As concentrated as the evil was in "The Keeper of Lost Ca
Jan 01, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Danes (and Swedes and Finns and Norwegians) write great detective novels. The detectives are always intense, conflicted, troubled, real. In this case, the detective Carl Morck and his Dept Q are also quite humorous. Assistants Assad and Rose are complements to Morck's darkness. Morck himself is a one-man Greek Chorus whose comments, both internal and explicitly verbal, made me laugh out loud more than once.
But the mystery itself is gruesome. It's one of those where the guilty parties are kno
Violence in the book isn’t graphic which is as well as some of the scenes are indeed brutal & others would be quite disturbing if played out blow by blow I think. There is indeed a noir theme throughout the book with respect to (all) the perpetrators who are right nasty pieces of work. You find out early on who has done what & so its more a case of will they get caught? Or will something else befall them..... its a very good story & really enjoyed it.
Rob Kitchin
Aug 09, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it liked it
Disgrace is a fairly straightforward police procedural thriller that slowly builds to a suspenseful climax. The strengths of the book are the characterisation, pacing, and page-turning prose. Carl Morck, Assad his Syrian colleague, and Rose his new administrator, are all well constructed characters whose prejudices and personalities lead to some entertaining exchanges. Where the book has some serious problems, depending on how much you want to suspend your sense of realism, is the plot. I’m will ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
What could be worse than a murder club of rich adult psychopaths? Answer: a murder gang of 14-year-old psychopaths...

Department Q, the department of cold cases, is semi-famous now because of the publicity around junior Superintendent Carl Mørck's previous case, The Keeper of Lost Causes. However, the positive press has not sweetened Carl's morose personality or expectations. He is well aware the brass are supportive only as long he doesn't make them look bad, even if corruption must be swept un
Jul 19, 2012 Gaby rated it it was ok
I came across this in the airport. It was advertised as something for fans of ”The Killing” and the cover portrays a Sarah Lund lookalike. I thought some crime/detective thriller along the lines of the Millennium series was just what I needed: non-demanding yet engrossing. I didn't realize it was the 2nd book in a series until it was too late, so admittedly, perhaps I missed some crucial character development that would make ”Disgrace” more enjoyable. I disliked the cartoony, manichean villains ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
2,5 / 5

Dieser Teil hat mich überhaupt nicht überzeugt. Die Handlung an sich fand ich langweilig. Nach dem Anfang hatte ich eher eine Art Schnitzeljagd erwartet (view spoiler) Das wäre aus meiner Sicht interessanter gewesen, in dieser Art weiterzumachen.
Ich fand Carl eher schwach, Assad weniger interesant und lustig als in Erbarmen, Rose hat mich sehr genervt. Ich habe aber den Eindruck, dass Ro
Ancestral Gael
Aug 14, 2012 Ancestral Gael rated it really liked it
Why did I read it? Because it an unproofed copy was offered to me in exchange for a review and I really enjoyed The Keeper of Lost Causes by the same author, but in audio format.

What's it about? Comprised of some of the elite of Danish society, a pack of hunters are seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush when one of their former members, long since disappeared, decides she has had enough of hiding from them in plain sight. Kimmie is on the move, and dangerous because Kimmie knows their darkest sec
Feb 24, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Station Q mysteries, set in Denmark, was a pleasant surprise last year. I was worried about the sophomore jinx with this second book, but I needn't have been. The story was different and excellent. Detective Inspector Morck is such an interesting character, intelligent, troubled, thoughtful and funny. His assistant, Assad, is a wily, hard working character and I still want to find out more about him. Added to the mix in this second story is Rose, an unwanted assistant thrus ...more
A very dark Scandinavian thriller, #2 in the Department Q series. Carl Morck is asked to investigate the cold case murder of a brother and sister, even though a confession was obtained. The supposed killer attended a prestigious school and was close with some of Denmark's wealthiest citizens. A homeless women, Kimmie, also ran with this crowd and possesses deep dark secrets that are a large threat. Both Morck and Kimmie become targets, but eventually, Morck's dogged pursuit bring them all togeth ...more
3,5 stars

Detective Carl Morck's 'Department Q' in Copenhagen, Denmark - which investigates cold cases - has a new task. Two boarding school students, a brother and sister, were killed twenty years ago and a clique of unruly fellow students were suspects. Evidence was lacking, however, and the students weren't charged. Then, almost a decade later, one of the students confessed and went to prison. The others went on their way, the men becoming rich, successful businessmen and the lone woman in t
Franco  Santos
Segundo libro de Jussi Adler-Olsen. Éste particularmente me gustó más que el primero: es más entretenido y ameno. Tiene algunas partes que me resultaron pesadas, en especial las del inicio, sin embargo va de menor a mayor.

En suma, una novela entretenida, fluida y quizás ligera, pero nada más que eso. Es un buen relato.
May 01, 2014 Catherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspenseful, 2014
I really enjoyed The Keeper of Lost Causes, mostly because of the main characters: tormented Detective Carl Mørck and his mysterious sidekick, Assad. There just wasn't enough of them in this second book (although there is a bit of Assad awesomeness at the end). Instead, well more than half the book focuses on the rich, coked-up psychopaths whose guilt Mørck is trying to prove. The mystery itself is less mystery than suspense, in waiting to see how the crimes will be solved and who will be hurt o ...more
Jul 30, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, scandinavian, ebook
DISGRACE is the second book in the Danish series featuring Carl Mørck, who heads Copenhagen's cold case squad. A department made up of one very grumpy, sidelined cop; one civilian assistant who used to be the cleaner, and as of DISGRACE, one secretary who seems to have been shunted down to the basement with the other two because she's caused havoc everywhere else.

If you've not read the earlier book - THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES - a little background of the characters. Mørck is wonderfully cynical,
Feb 24, 2011 yexxo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spannung, obwohl man die Täter bereits zu Beginn kennt? Mitgefühl für eine brutale Gewalttäterin? Witz und Ironie in einem Thriller, dessen Hauptthema das abgrundtief Böse zu sein scheint? Für das neue Buch von Jussi Adler-Olsen kein Widerspruch.
Wieder nimmt sich Carl Morck eines alten Falles an, obwohl dieser aufgeklärt scheint. Ein Mann wurde für den Tod eines Geschwisterpaares verurteilt und sitzt nach vielen Jahren noch immer hinter Gittern. Doch jemand scheint Zweifel an dieser Lösung zu h
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This was quite a disappointment after the first book. The writing/translating was clunky, and there was no mystery to solve. The bad guys were really, really bad, and the good guy (girl) wasn't very good. Assad wasn't funny, and neither was Carl. So much of the plot was so absurdly unbelievable, and a lot of the cruelty felt gratuitous and repetitive. There were also too many extra characters, and I refused to believe that someone like Rose could work in a professional setting (don't you at leas ...more
switterbug (Betsey)
I loved Keeper of Lost Causes. No probs with translation except in beginning. Felt truly involved and immersed.

I can't fruitfully engage with Carl and Assad here, who come across as stilted characters. The murders are baseless. Basically, all the rich kids in this one school are all psychopaths. is like horror melodrama on helium or coked up, as it jumps out at with such random gratuitous violent STUFF. Just not for me. And there is no tension in the story. You know what happens and y
Dylan Edwards
Jul 11, 2012 Dylan Edwards rated it liked it
I downloaded this novel on the day of it's UK release and waited for a week before starting it .....wish i had waited longer In truth .

I so enjoyed the first novel in the series and this was ( hopefully ) the book highlight of the year ......not to be sorry , a clunking novel , poorly translated and just not enough of the dark humour which i loved in the first .....why was Assad only given an almost by-stander role ? for me he was the best thing about book 1 ....

I wouldn't go into plot details ,
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
Opening up The Absent One was like getting together with some old friends that I hadn`t seen for months. Carl and Assad are some of the best characters that I have come across in a book.

Carl is the Copenhagen detective who was "promoted" to run the cold case department after loosing his 2 partners (one was shot dead...the other an invalid who took a bullet to the spine). His home life is a mess and sometimes he is just count his days until retirement.

Assad is Carl's Syrian(???), assistant. He is
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

The Department Q series are best sellers in Adler-Olsen's native Danish. So far only the first two novels have been translated into English, with plans to release the third and fourth titles in 2013. I didn't have the opportunity to read The Keeper of Lost Causes but I am not sure it mattered a great deal as Disgrace, the second book in the Department Q series, worked fine as a standalone.

Featuring Detective Carl Mørck, who heads the Copenhagen cold case division , Department Q, Disgrace sees t
Dec 18, 2012 Kandice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
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Aug 07, 2012 Eva rated it it was amazing
When I have read the not so favourable reviews and saw a German critic throwing Adler-Olsen's books into a rubbish bin I was a little alert that it wouldn't be as good as Mercy. Fortunately, it was. I was looking forward to the character of Assad who was (at least partially) replaced by Rose. But she is a really good replacement. Liked how she was seen by Carl and their interaction. :) The story is not about unveiling the perps but about their relationships, which doesn't diminish the suspense a ...more
Philippe Malzieu
Sep 17, 2015 Philippe Malzieu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since Millenium, nordik thriller are trendy : Lackberg, Sund, Kepler and other only for sweddich writer. My wife is totally addict. Adler-Olsen is danish. This one is the 2th investigation of Department Q.
It is well written, well done.
Mar 28, 2011 bisskiss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ich lese natürlich die deutsche Übersetzung: "Schändung", da des Dänischen nicht mächtig...

Ich war leider nicht in der Lage das Buch zuende zu lesen. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass Adler-Olsen mit allen Mitteln versucht hat, den ersten Band, "Erbarmen" hinsichtlich der Grausamkeit des Verbrechens zu toppen. Mir war das zuviel des Guten bzw. Schlechten.
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Author Jussi Adler-Olsen (b. 1950) began in the 1990s to write novels after having followed a comprehensive career as publisher, editor, film composer for the Valhalla-cartoon and as bookseller.
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