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Victim 2117

(Afdeling Q #8)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,915 ratings  ·  248 reviews
In the heart-pounding next installment of the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling Department Q series, a terrifying international investigation reveals the complex backstory of one of the department's own--the enigmatic Assad.

The newspaper refers to her only as Victim 2117--the two thousand one hundred and seventeenth refugee to die in the Mediterranean Sea.
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Dutton Books (first published March 3rd 2019)
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Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a long, gripping book which addressed some major world problems, religious and political terrorism, as well as a domestic lone-wolf terrorist, and the desperate plight of refugees seeking freedom. Revenge is a main theme. The plot had almost too much drama, intrigue and action but still managed to maintain suspense. The story moves at a slow pace at times, but it is compelling.

I have read all the Department Q books, and have found its quirky group of characters to be the highlight of
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely awesome thriller! Another great Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, Denmark's number one rated thriller writer. All the favorite characters are here - Carl, Assad, Rose, and Gordon. In this one, we finally find out about Assad's secret history and all the pain and horror he has been through.

There are quite a few subplots here, so you have to follow it closely - it is rich in story content! There is a huge terrorist plot, but we also have a nerdy teenager shut in his room
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
Let me begin by saying that I'm a huge fan of Jussi Adler-Olsen's "Department Q" series and I've read all the installments as well as seen all the movie adaptations starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Carl Mørck and Fares Fares as Assad. I enjoyed each and every one of them and I was thrilled to see that I was approved for a free ARC from the publisher (Quercus) through Netgalley. Unfortunately, Victim 2117 doesn't have the same effect on the reader as the previous books did and the ending left me with ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The master of Nordic Noir returns with Victim 2117, the eighth instalment in the Department Q series featuring Copenhagens cold case division headed by Detective Carl Mørck. A deceased refugee is found washed up on the coast of Cyprus having attempted to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean for a better life. She is assigned as victim 2117 as she is the 2,117th person to have seemingly succumbed to the power of the waves. However, it is later discovered that she had been the victim ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read all of the Department Q series from Jussi Adler-Olsen.

This one has multiple POV's which includes are usual characters Carl's, Assad's, Rose's, Gordon's, and three new characters to this book Joan a catalan journalist, Ghalib's a person from Assad's past and Alexander a young man.

The main story starts with victim 2117, a refugee who has washed ashore in Cyprus and has died and this person is linked to Assad past and this bring Assad's past into play. The second story brings are character
Steven Z.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most despicable tragedy of the last decade has been Bashar al-Assads war on the Syrian people to retain power. The actions of the Russian and Turkish governments have exacerbated the situation that has produced the death of over 400,000 people and created over 5,000,000 refugees. In VICTIM 2117, Jussi Adler-Olsens latest work, the author introduces the Syrian catastrophe at Ayia Naba, a beach in Cyprus as 37 bodies have washed ashore having drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to ...more
Kendal (TatooineReads)
Rating: 2 🔪Author: Jussi Adler-OlsenPublisher: Quercus BooksRelease Date: Out Now!(Thank you NetGalley and Quercus for the free copy!)Synopsis:In the heart-pounding new installment of the No.1 bestselling Department Q series, a terrifying international investigation reveals the complex backstory of one of the department's own - the enigmatic Assad. The newspaper refers to the dead body only as Victim 2117 - the two thousand, one hundred and seventeenth refugee to die in the Mediterranean Sea.  ...more
Tanja Berg
This book is about the department's oddity, Assad. Finally we get to know his real name, where he comes from and what happened to his family. However, this arises from a kidnapping situation that will escalate to revenge on a grand terrorist scale. It all starts with a beautiful woman, escaping from Syria, washes up dead on a shore. She didn't drown. She was murdered. She was also a woman that Assad knows. Department Q start to follow the terrorist's trail, fighting against time.

At the same
Rowena Hoseason
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
A monstrous snowball of a plot that becomes an almost-unstoppable emotional avalanche. An excellent addition to this series.

This novel revolves around one of Department Qs supporting cast, Assad, the supposed refugee from Syria. Hes always been an international man of mystery with a dark past and talents that seem more suited to the wrong side of the street and this time we find out why.

Olsen cleverly incorporates one of the medias favourite sensations the death of asylum seekers as they try to
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Assad is my favorite character in this, once one of my favorite, series. This volume is all about him so I should have loved it but somehow I didn't. Firstly, I don't really like stories about terrorism (or about drug dealers and mobsters) so the plot was never going to get my attention to begin with. But there are other things that bothered me. A Spanish journalist who doesn't speak German or Arabic and that supposedly only grasps the basics of what the terrorists say but somehow manages to ...more
Ken Fredette
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jussi takes us on a long trip with Assad to his former life in Iran and Syria where he was with the UN security forces and was made a prisoner for getting Lars Bjørn's brother (Jess Bjørn) out of prison and then falling into a trap. Letting his wife and two daughters and his unborn child into a 16 year captivity. Carl was told by Monica that she was pregnant. Rose comes back after having her way with Assad. Joan, who's a Spanish character as a journalist, goes to Greece to record the people ...more
Donna Hines
First and foremost -Thank you to Dutton- for this ARC copy in exchange for this honest review.
This story was a powerful reminder that not everything is lost in translation when writing and that writing is an art form.
I can't imagine dreaming up half of what Jussi Alder-Olsen has brought us here but it was a dynamite performance in all regards.
Powerful, dynamic, vivid and lively characters, well structured plot, with twist and turns that were frightening and inspiring all at once.
The notion that
Elaine Tomasso
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus Books for an advance copy of Victim 2117, the eighth novel to feature Copenhagens inspector Carl Monck and his bunch of misfits in Department Q.

When a dead refugee is washed ashore in Cyprus she becomes known as Victim 2117, as she is the 2117th to die at sea. Her fate inspires washed up Catalan journalist, Joan Aiguader, to try and identify her and her journey. She inspires a murderous plot in Copenhagen teen Alexanders mind. She inspires hope in
Todd Simpson
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, I loved it. I really enjoyed Jussi Adler-Olsens first seven books in this series, and this one was certainly up there with one of his best. There are so many great characters, and I love detail and background that is put into their private lives. The plot is thrilling, and I like the intensity of it. Ive always enjoyed a story where there is more than one thing happening, and the Author has done a fabulous job with this book. Victim 2217 was well worth the read.
Carl and Gordon were
A Girl Has No Name
5 stars!

I have been anticipating this book for ages and I was so happy when I finally got the chance to read Assad's story! It might not have been the best or most unexpected plot I ever read, but the characters have been great and I couldn't put this book down! Loved it!
Renny Barcelos
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Followers of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q series remember well the opening of the first book in the series when Carl Morck returns from leave and is tapped to launch Department Q, a dead-end, cold-case department located in a windowless basement. Exhausted and shell-shocked, Carl doesn't make a peep, seeing this as an opportunity to sit at a rickety desk and nap or watch soccer on his laptop. He needs a break from police work.

But his dream is interrupted early on with the assignment of
The Department Q novels are addictive; the characters are fascinating and the myriad plots are woven into intriguing grand themes. VICTIM 2117 was a tad more difficult for me just because it was so timely a political topic, not my usual preference for thrillers or police procedurals. I prefer cold cases, to be honest. But author Jussi Adler-Olsen is a master and this is a difficult book to forget. Im eager for the next in the series. I received my copy from the publisher through Netgalley, many ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scandinavian, mystery
Another interesting thriller from Adler-Olsen, which continues the story of Department Q in Denmark's police force. This time, we learn the back-story of Assad, who joined Department Q years ago, and about the horrific life his kidnapped wife and daughters have had to endure the last 16 years. There are two criminals to catch - one is a terrorist who wants to blow up Germans while handily getting his revenge on Assad. The other is a disturbed gamer. The storylines weave in and out through the ...more
Petra Nasariyan
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most exiting Adler-Olsen ever ! Could not stop reading.
Lone Matz
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So interesting to hear more about Assads past. Very exciting. A real page-turner! I love Carl, Assad and the whole team from department Q. ...more
Sarah Baenen
Mar 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Although I love this series, I just couldnt get into the book. I didnt find anything about Joan (the reporter who gets embroiled in the unfolding story) redeeming. The plot focused on Alexander (the teenage recluse / maniac) was incredibly disturbing. Assads plot was even more distressing to read. The whole book was just too intense, with no let up. I would think that such a tense book would be a page turner, but, strangely, it was really drawn out and boring. I skimmed the last 25%. There was a ...more
Carol Jean
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, back in Department Q. Val McDermid only thinks she invents weird characters. Everyone in these books is nuts, and delightfully so.

Very suspenseful, deeply moving, as a terrorist plot gradually emerges from a photojournalists attempt to sell pictures of the sinking of a boat of refugees.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Weakest installment of the series so far.
El Luco
Dec 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
lowest quality criminal fiction
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

I'm a huge fan of Jussi Adler-Olsen and the Department Q's investigations, so I was thrilled to read an earc of this new installment.
Everything starts with a dead body, named Victim 2117, the two thousand seventeen refugee to die in the Mediterranean Sea. Her death starts a huge plot, an international investigation and secrets long buried. Connected to three different people, Victim 2117 is:
For Assad, ia link to his past and a
...more Mystery & Thriller
Those who have been faithfully reading the Department Q books will rejoice upon cracking the binding of VICTIM 2117, the latest installment in the series.

Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Assad, the enigmatic and quietly brilliant member of the team, as a bit of a counterbalance to Detective Carl Mørck, who has been heading the initially disrespected, basement-dwelling cold case unit of the Copenhagen police by default. Quite a bit has happened since the introduction of Department Q in THE KEEPER OF
My thanks to Quercus Books for an eARC via NetGalley of Victim 2117 by Jussi Adler-Olsen in exchange for an honest review.

This is the eighth in Adler-Olsens Dept Q series of police procedurals. It was translated from the Danish by William Frost. I have read a number of the earlier books in the series though have fallen behind, though this wasnt a problem as enough background was provided with minimal spoilers for earlier cases.

To acknowledge the number of refugees drowning each year in the
miss.mesmerized mesmerized
This could be his last chance for a break-through as a journalist. When Barcelona based Joan Aiguader decides to write about a victim, the 2117th refugees who dies on the dangerous way across the Mediterranean Sea, he cannot anticipate that his article will shake Department Q, Copenhagens cold case unit, or that he himself will soon fall in the hands of reckless terrorists. The poor woman who found death on Greek shores is well known to Assad, member of the famous and most successful unit within ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jussi Adler-Olsen continues his Department Q series, in which a small unit investigates challenging cases for the Copenhagen Police Department. Fifty-three-year-old DI Carl Mørck has finally gotten his act together. He no longer falls asleep during the workday with his feet on his desk, and he has given up smoking. Years earlier, when Carl was a burned-out shell suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, a newly-hired employee, Hafez el-Assad (everyone calls him Assad but his real name is ...more
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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)
  • Journal 64 (Afdeling Q, #4)
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  • The Hanging Girl (Department Q, #6)
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“Han rablet ned overskriften: ‘Offer nummer 2117’, og rettet blikket mot flokken av overlevende og kvinnene som hadde skreket.” 0 likes
“«Var det ellers noe? For det er litt mye her nå,» sa Carl, og det var ikke løgn heller. For det var nikotintyggis som skulle tygges, føtter som skulle slenges på bordet, øyne som behøvde å lukkes den lille stunden før nyhetene dukket opp på flatskjermen.” 0 likes
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