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The Purity of Vengeance

(Afdeling Q #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  19,327 ratings  ·  1,370 reviews
International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times bestselling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences.

In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic s
Hardcover, 500 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Dutton (first published November 10th 2010)
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Brenda You can read it without any background information from the other books, but you'd miss out on the backstories for the main characters. If possible, r…moreYou can read it without any background information from the other books, but you'd miss out on the backstories for the main characters. If possible, read them in order and you'll be glad you did. Department Q was created in The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first book.(less)
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Notes: Flashbacks tell an impactful story, whereas before they were merely a device to elicit pity for cruelly abused women.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Purity of Vengeance is number 4 in the Department Q series and it is long, involved and quite deep. Some of the subject matter points the finger at a rather murky part of Denmark's history and there are a lot of disturbing incidents and deaths. Does that all sound bad? It isn't.

In the hands of Jussi Adler-Olsen it becomes an intriguing and exciting story of one person's determination to exact vengeance on the people who ruined her life, and the police hunt to discover the truth. As usual the
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this fourth book in the 'Department Q' series, Detective Morck and his team deal with a Nazi-ish politician and a woman who wants revenge. The novel can be read as a standalone.


Several decades ago, Danish farm girl Nete Hermansen lost her mother at a young age, and growing up among her father and brothers, learned to curse like a sailor and freely exhibit her body - habits that shocked teachers and townsfolk.

After a difficult childhood and two early pregnancies Nete was sent to Sprogo I
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"I'm good enough!"
Carl nodded to himself.
He was in no doubt she had been.

And so ends the story of Nete, a woman we see upon opening the book as holding a cool delicate champagne glass in her delicate fingers, who relished the hum of voices, gazed fondly upon the palette of colorful evening gowns and proud figures and the light hand of her husband at her waist.

A woman for whom the laughter of such people has since long gone.

Without a doubt, Jussi Adler-Olson has stepped int
Denise Hlavka
Having read/devoured all three of the previous Department Q books, I actually preordered this one, prior to it's January release. I was so excited when it arrived...but what a dissappointment. I see that most other readers have rated it here and on Amazon, very highly. Don't know why though. It really didn't engage me at all and I had to struggle to get through it. Carl, Assad. and Rose (the main ongoing characters) simply did not have the rough charm that captured me in the first three books. T ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay! The library finally received the one book in the Department Q novels I was missing. I've read these books out of order( beginning with book 6), but it is nice to finally receive all the missing puzzles pieces.

Morck, Assad, and Rose have been presented with case files that promise to get right under their skin and it all revolves around a woman bent on revenge. Five missing people, a political party based on the master race, and a cousin trying to pin a murder on Carl make for a book that i
I loved the first book in the Department Q series. The quirky characters have been a lot of fun. It's a shame to see the caliber of each book, as the series progressed, turn into just an ok series. I didn't care for the story line on this one. I couldn't feel much sympathy for the victim. It didn't seem realistic to me.

Possibly the Department Q series is being dumbed down for a wider audience. Or it's getting lost in translation. I like a lot of plots/subplots going on. This has gotten a bit too
A quick reread, since I didn’t realize that this is one of many titles by this author translated and titled differently, but which I had actually previously read as The Purity of Vengeance. Very elaborate plot, with Mork, Assad and Rose getting lots of “play” throughout- my favourite part of this series.
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No less than five stars.

Excellent mystery in all regards. Carl Morck, head of Department Q (in charge of cold cases) and his two assistants, the multi-personality (maybe) Rose, and Syrian immigrant Assad are involved in yet another baffling, complex, intricate puzzle. Working on the case of a missing brothel owner, they are led to several other missing person-cases; AND a talented doctor with eugenics-to-the-extreme on his mind; AND a group of people determined to make the 'Purity Party' fully r
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found my favourite from this series :D

This book has it all. The tension, the genius and kind of sick plot, great characters and a lot less of annoying Vigga and all that crap.
The thing that scared me most out of all this is a thought that came to me while reading- people like Wad really exist somewhere out there in the world. Crap. Damn. He is so sick and twisted and stops at nothing. He cracks his fingers and poof, someone's dead. Hopefully, there are people like Carl in this world too.
The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen is another in the Adler-Olsen's Department Q series. I enjoy the series-I like the characters and the plots are interesting. Purity is a very enjoyable read-I guessed some of the mystery but not all. I read it quickly, I could hardly wait to see how the book ended. I do think the book was a little long and my interest faltered a bit during the last 100 pages.

Still, I especially like the lead character, Carl Morck, still tortured
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4,25 stars
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the third of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q novels that I've read -- the others being The Keeper of Lost Causes and A Conspiracy of Faith -- and I feel that I've developed a sort of love-hate relationship with them: on the one hand, they're extremely readable (and here, obviously, a great deal of credit must go to translator Martin Aitken), yet I find the adolescent, lavatorial humor wearisome, the central characters cartoonish and not really believable, and the plots contrived ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In Denmark's police, Department Q deals with cold cases. Detective Carl Morck is relegated to cold cases after a tragedy ended a case that he had been working on. Now he reluctantly finds himself dragged into a fourth case with his unusual mysterious assistants, Assad and Rose. While investigating the disappearance of a brothel owner, Rita, they discover that five people disappeared that same day and were never found these twenty odd years later.

This case goes back and forth between 1987 and tod
Inspired by a dark chapter in Danish history, Jussi Adler-Olsen‘s most recent ‘Department Q’ novel is a delightfully balanced mixture of sombre and deadly-serious crime investigation with a humorously depicted back story.

This – the fourth novel in the Department Q series - reacquaints the reader with the quirky threesome who comprise the Copenhagen Police Department’s cold-case unit headed by the likeable Detective Carl Mørck.

Jussi Adler-Olsen apparently effortlessly mixes serious subject matte
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Purity of Vengeance is the story of Nete Hermansen, who gets impregnated by her cousin, and then her father and an evil doctor really screw up her life remanding her to a home for wayward women on the island of Sprogo. After her wealthy husband dies in 1987, Nete writes a letter to each of the six people she blames, with a promise to make them wealthy. During the somewhat lengthy novel, we learn what those individuals did to Nete and what Nete did to them.

Meanwhile, in 2010, Department Q, le
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books
Another home run for Jussi Adler-Smith. This is #4 in his Department Q series. I have loved the first 3 and this one was just as good. His characters that you end up loving and caring for are so fun and interesting. His storylines are always a bit dark but he interjects humor throughout the book to lighten it up. I highly recommend this series. Each book can be a standalone book but to thoroughly enjoy Carl, Assad and Rose and their quirkiness I recommend reading them in order.
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really like the premise of this series and enjoyed the first book very much. But I had mixed feelings about this one. There really isn't a mystery per se: we know early on what was done to Nete Hermansen and who was primarily responsible. We just don't know the exact details. These are slowly meted out through flashbacks spanning the years 1955-1985. Then there is the question of exactly how Nete is going to get her revenge, which is told in flashbacks from 1987. These are interspersed with ch ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful story of Copenhagen's cold case unit as it discovers multiple missing persons from the late 1950's. Department Q, the cold case unit located in the basement of Copenhagen's PD HQ, is comprised of the most unique and entertaining characters I have read in any language. The boss, Carl Morck, assisted by Rose, his hot tempered and very astute admin and Assad, his Syrian #2 with a mysterious past, investigate these missing persons with ties to a mysterious elderly woman with a devastating p ...more
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So.... most importantly..... what will Rose & Assad get upto in “Guilt”! Will Carl actually be in control or bend to their collective will, but taking the credit for himself.....?

Enjoyable enough, same style as the prior book with it all laid out for you, the who, the why, the how, the when & even the where but it still manages to engross this reader despite a patch of mid-drift in the near 600pg read. It still manages to work in a twist or two so even with it all laid out across the dual time l
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a very interesting book. It was told in two parallel stories, one set in 1987 and one in 2010. In the 1987 story we have a woman getting revenge against the people who have caused damage to her life. We hear her story of all of the awful things that happened to her including a forced sterilization. Throughout the story she's murdering the people who have wronged her. In the 2010 story, we have the cold case detective Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad investigating the disappearance of ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book from this series until now! The story is gripping, well researched and logically comprehensible. It's as if Jussi Adler Olsen is getting better and better with each book.

The story deals with a topic that is present in most of the western countries and tells it in a way where you don't get the feeling that one side is necessarily only evil. Even the bad guys in a story have their background and their reasons.
Really well written!
Nikola Šević
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zapravo 3,5*
Steven Z.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE is the fourth installment of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s “Department Q” novels. As with the first three this latest work draws the reader in almost immediately employing a complex plot line and a marvelous translation from the original Danish by Martin Aitken. As is usually the case, the story line centers around the Copenhagen police detective Carl Morck, who permanently resides in basement of police headquarters because of his ability to irritate his superiors. No matter how th ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner in a series that gets better each book and that is a hard thing for an author to do.
Toni Osborne
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Also under the title “Guilt” and as “Dossier 64”

Book 4 in the Department Q series

Exploring cold cases is what the squad at Department Q does best, add a little history, mix a bit of humour and plunge your reader into a fascinating mystery and you have a good combination that surely will please most suspense buffs.

In this latest the three person unit headed up by Carl Morck come against an old intricate plot of social engineering going back to 1929, the desire for a pure race and the legal steri
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
If you enjoy the Scandinavian crime/thriller/mystery books, consider reading Department Q. This is the fourth book in the series and I believe the series is more understandable if you start with book one. Carl Morck suffers with the guilt of having survived a brutal attack on himself and his partners - one who died and one who is now a quadrapeligic. He was relagated to Department Q after the shooting and now solves cold cases that come across his desk selected by his colleagues, Rose, the depar ...more
I was impatient with this Department Q, the fourth in a favorite series. The first half was slow, seemed too familiar and lacked the usual humor of the interplay between Carl, Assad and Rose. The pace picked up in the second half and the story became more engaging. Perhaps a tad too long at 14 hours of listening (500 pages). Not my favorite Department Q, but I still love this series and look forward to The Marco Effect.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Danish crime novel featuring Department Q's Carl Morck and his team, Assad and Rose, investigating their latest cold case - five people all went missing on one day some 23 years before and the team must try to establish a link between them to try to discover who is behind their disappearance. Suspicion soon turns on the leader of the Purity Party, an ultra-right wing political party who favour forced abortions and sterilisation of women who they consider would be a burden on societ ...more
Alondra Miller
4 Stars

Outrageous acts of evil. Eugenics, and more precisely, the practice of forced sterilization of society’s undesirables, the mentally retarded and sexually promiscuous in Denmarks past. The past told through the eyes of our main protagonist/anti-hero, is Nete Hermansen (sp); is vivid and sickening. She may have been mentally disabled by societies standards, but no one deserves that treatment and disrespect. It harkens to Nazism then and now. Bumped up against the image of a perfect society
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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)
  • Flaskepost fra P (Afdeling Q, #3)
  • 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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