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A Conspiracy of Faith

(Afdeling Q #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  29,903 ratings  ·  1,767 reviews
Detective Carl Mørck holds in his hands a bottle that contains old and decayed message, written in blood. It is a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren’t they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

Carl’s investigation will force him to cross paths with a woman stuck
Hardcover, 504 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Dutton (first published 2009)
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(B+) 77% | Good
Notes: A clever enough crime, though a book of this length needs livelier, less trivial subplots to tent-pole its saggy middle.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
I read this on kindle and had no idea it was 500 pages long until I saw the stats when I came to write the review. I can assure you those 500 pages flew by so fast and I enjoyed every moment of them.

This is proving to be such a good series. I like that Carl, the main character, has low points like all fictional detectives, but he also has highs like normal people. He works hard at solving his cases despite the erratic assistance of Assad and Rose. So there is good, solid police work and there is
This is a terrific mystery series. Well worth the time. The police character studies are what make the books. The day-to-day work life of Carl, Asaad, and Rose are hysterical!
The first of the series is still my favorite.
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Review:

Ok, if you're looking for the 4th in this'll have to wait until end December of this year. And, if you're totally confused as to the actual title of the 4th: look for The Purity of Vengeance. And, if you're looking for a terrible site, go to, where a search for their own author turns up...nothing.

The 3rd in the Department Q series does not disappoint. In fact, each installment in this series gets better and better and I've upped the star rating for this one a
Terri Wino
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2017
3-1/2 stars rounded up to 4.

Another solid entry in a series whose recurring characters are just as interesting and unusual as the storylines.

This book had one of the most diabolical and clever villains that I've ever come across in a realistic setting. Meaning, the crimes he committed are things that could actually happen. This wasn't a superhuman that did fantastical things...which made him all the more chilling because of what he was capable of and how he carried out his atrocities. Cold, calc
Jamie Rose
This felt like hard work...Maybe I'm missing something...

The book is over 600 pages long. I don't mind long books, however...The actual crime part is probably half of that. The rest seems to be utter nonsense about the various individuals employed by the police and those involved in Carl's life. These digressions into his personal life seem to have no point and certainly little or no relevance to the story overall...

I don't know if the Danish are racist as a nation, however this author certainl
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful mystery.

Carl Morck of Department Q, is once again given a cold case to research, and this one is tantalizing from the start. Based on a note in a bottle found in the waters off Scotland, then traced to events in Denmark, it's a chilling story of a serial killer-kidnapper who targets the families belonging to reclusive religious sects. He kidnaps two children, demands a ransom, then kills one of the children to maintain the silence of the family. Fantastic premise, the story is high-ten
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I like this series better with each book as you get to know the characters more. Assad and Rose are a hoot. And what I really liked about this book is Jussi Adler-Olsen gives women POWER :)
Bonnie Brody
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Carl Morck, head of Department Q, is back at the closed files again. Along with his eccentric sidekick Assad, and his more eccentric secretary, Rose, they try to solve the crime of a serial killer who targets children who come from families of unusual and small religious sects. The killer tells the parents that he wants one million kroner in ransom and if the police are called or anyone is told of the crime, the other children in the family will be killed.

The characterizations in Adler-Olsen's b
Jean-Paul Adriaansen
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-police
What a great combination of action, suspense, and humor. Jussi Adler-Olsen is a master in the art of writing police novels. This book is even better than The Keeper of Lost Causes .
An old message in a bottle puts Department Q in full swing. While Carl Morck has to deal with personal issues (ex-wife, friends, and his dream woman Mona), his work at the office gets "kind-a-complicated." Assad and a new assistant are overly eager to solve the case and health-inspectors are threatening to close his
I like Detective Carl Mørck, despite a couple of his unlovable characteristics—he is quite a prejudiced guy, not really giving his assistants, Assad and Rose, much credit. He is also a gold-bricker, trying his very best to sleep through his final years in the cold case division before retirement. Despite his intentions, the case of this mysterious letter, written in blood and pleading for help, eventually galvanizes him into action and even into danger. It takes a lot of prodding on his assistan ...more
Charlene Intriago
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2015
It's crime at its darkest - standard fare from most of the Scandinavian writers - and one I was going to give two stars to when I first started reading but only because of the nature of the crime. But, of course, as I got further into the book, I was hooked. Detective Carl Morck of Department Q works the old cases, the cold cases, the ones others have given up on, and this case is old. A bottle found by a fisherman who turned it into a policeman who sat it on a shelf for a number of years and th ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
Denmark's Department Q, responsible for special and cold police cases, is in a state of chaos! Asbestos particles and flies are floating around in the basement offices where Carl Mørck heads the Q department, Rose Knudsen is gone temporarily in a huff and instead her even more annoying sister Ysra has come to help in her place as secretary, and Hafez el-Assad has unexpectedly discovered a clue on deadly arson cases which the rest of the police force was fruitlessly working but had not got very f ...more
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nordic Noir Fans & All Crime/Mystery fans in general
Back in bed with the Q Department! My fav Nordic Noir of late.

New additions to the “gang” are Rose’s "twin" & also Hardy has moved in with the “family” after much humming & harring in the previous read. All add to Carl’s demeanour & obvious stress levels which does entertain as much as his colleagues exasperation at his criticisms of them all. Dysfunctional at Home & at work is the appeal to this series for me as well as a darn fine mystery every time which runs concurrent with department Q’s in
Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
4 stars!

This book was miiiiiiiles ahead of the second in the series, which was excruciating.

-The religious aspect of the central crimes was fascinating.
-Carl continues to be an only-somewhat-lovable dbag, which is refreshing. No secret good qualities here, folks. Carl just sucks (#realistic), but you're on his side because he's ultimately on the good side.

-WAY too many competing mysteries, some of which I will detail behind this spoiler curtain: (view spoiler)
Paul Secor
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This was not a bad police procedural/thriller (which is why I gave it three stars), but there was too much going on for it to hold together. There are loose ends - characters meet up with violence and are dropped; several ridiculous occurrences that don't ring true and were obviously included to move the plot along; and characterizations that are never fully developed (though I suppose that's a teaser to get readers to read other volumes in the series).
There's a possibility that I'll return to M
Nicola L
The third book in this Scandi-crime series was one that I’d really been looking forward to reading. Needless to say, I wasn’t at all disappointed by its contents. Redemption had a gripping, fast-paced storyline and was well worth the wait; in my opinion is by far the strongest Department Q novel to date.

Grumpy Police Detective Carl Mørck comes across as pretty lazy the majority of the time. In fact, on most occasions it is actually his assistant Assad, who does most of the work in following up
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This was a phenomenal book. Adler-Olsen does a truly brilliant job of creating complex characters that puzzle me with their behavior. Inevitably he explains it really well and I'm kind of left amazed.

This book involves a man who is targeting people who are a part of very closed religious families. Is he a serial killer? A kidnapper? It takes awhile to get that answer and we get glimpses into his past as well as his present day life along the way. In the meantime, Carl Mørck and his assistant, As
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Other reviewers have mentioned that they felt Adler-Olsen's books began to drag toward the 3rd and 4th in the series and then pick back up again toward the more recent releases. I don't agree with their assessment. In fact, I have enjoyed this third installment in the Department Q series and believe it is my favorite to date. The characters are finally being developed more thoroughly, there are multi-faceted story lines and the core mystery is always quite fascinating. I never am sure until the ...more
Patrick Sherriff
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-and-such
Pretty good, if chilling. My proper review is here: ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been so long since I’ve read the first two of this series by Adler-Olsen, I needed to go back and read the descriptions and my reviews before I began reading this third of the series. As I mentioned before I enjoyed the interplay between Carl and his assistant, Assad. Not enough credit is given to Assad, who functions in an unorthodox manner, but solves some of the questions of the case. There is more of Carl’s personal life in this book than I remember in the others. The cold mystery they ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steven Z.
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Conspiracy of Faith by the Danish mystery writer, Jussi Adler-Olsen is the third in his Department Q series centered on police headquarters in Copenhagen that I have read and immensely enjoyed. The lead detective remains Carl Morck, who is assisted by his somewhat eccentric sidekick, Hafez el-Assad (not to be confused with the former murdering dictator of Syria, who is the father of the current murdering dictator of Syria, Bashir el-Assad), and his administrative assistant, Rose/Yrsa Knudsen w ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't exactly say that I had a rough start with this third Carl Mørck novel because it was easy to get into the story but somehow I was torn for quite a while between enjoying this book and being annoyed by several smaller things that bothered me.

The case itself was quite interesting right from the start with an old message in a bottle that was once written by an abducted child and after more than a decade found its way to Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad. The boy is presumed to have been
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery

4.5 stars....loved it!

I just love Jussi Adler-Olsen. He is a Danish author who writes great suspense thrillers. He usually is a little dark, but in a 'creepy kind of good way'. I never know where his stories are going. I highly recommend his Department Q series to anyone who enjoys suspense thrillers. Just one word of caution though. I did the audio for the first book in this seriesThe Keeper of Lost Causes, and if you have a problem with really thick accents, then just read that one instead. It
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three books in and this author is top equal on my favourite authors list! The other author being Mark Billingham and it is no coincidence that I like them both, as these two authors have a similar writing style. The down on his luck detective, the funny and irreverent side kicks, the unlucky in love aspect and the whole tone of the novels.

Redemption starts in Copenhagen, with two captive boys, awaiting their fate. One of the boys, using a twig and his own blood, writes an sos message and seals i
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am completely hooked on this series about "Department Q" and it's motley cast of characters. This book was published under a different name, so don't be confused.

If you can, be sure to read this series in order. The plots begin in such a complex manner you think circumstances can not possibly be linked. But sure enough,in a very plausible way, they all do.
#1 - Keeper of Lost Causes. #2 - The Absent One #3 - A Conspiracy of Faith #4 - The Purity of Vengence #5 - The Marco Effect.

Captivating a
Suspect X
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying "Department Q" series. If you have read the previous books in the series, you should definitely pick up this one as well.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would actually give this book 4 1/2 stars . It had a great plot,interesting characters ,suspense , and elements of humor.
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Jussi Adler-Olsen is a Danish author who began to write novels in the 1990s after a comprehensive career as publisher, editor, film composer for the Valhalla cartoon and as a bookseller.

He made his debut with the thriller “Alfabethuset” (1997), which reached bestseller status both in Denmark and internationally just like his subsequent novels “And She Thanked the Gods” (prev. “The Company Basher”)

Other books in the series

Afdeling Q (8 books)
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q, #1)
  • The Absent One (Department Q, #2)
  • Journal 64 (Afdeling Q, #4)
  • Marco Effekten (Afdeling Q, #5)
  • The Hanging Girl (Department Q, #6)
  • The Scarred Woman (Department Q, #7)
  • Victim 2117 (Department Q, #8)

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