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Victim 2117

(Afdeling Q #8)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  6,779 ratings  ·  769 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, 468 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Dutton Books (first published March 3rd 2019)
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Carolyn Walsh
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
Barbara K
I'm so glad that I finally made time to read the print version of Jussi Adler-Olsen's latest Department Q novel (which I received in a giveaway). I've been a fan of this series since it started, and this is one of my favorite volumes.

Adler-Olsen puts a special twist on the Nordic noir genre by including some quirky characters and plenty of snappy dialog. In other words, it's not unrelieved darkness. Of course, since it IS still Nordic noir, those quirky characters typically have a deeply buried
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 threat
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
Victim 2117 was a bittersweet read for me. I have absolutely loved all of the Department Q novels, it's characters have been some of the most quirky, intriguing and amazing that I have found in any series that I have read. Throughout the series, we have known that Assad, one of the Dept. Q team members, has a very "secretive" somewhat murky past. In an international case that involves Assad, much of that past is revealed. We even have the pleasure of Rose returning to the team to help her dear f ...more
Con & Robin
Mar 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Sorry to be blunt but this latest installment in the hitherto awesome Department Q series is terrible. Totally unlikely story with typical 2-dimensional terrorist characters; our beloved Danes come across without any depth; the previously interesting Assad is reduced to a simpleton. I find this story mechanical, lacking any true emotion, and if it weren't for the previous excellent books I'd have binned this one. I'll have to try the next one for the same reason but, my confidence in Jussi Adler ...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 Copenhagen’s 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 victi ...more
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 und ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my introduction to the department Q thriller series by Jussi Adler Olsen..
And I do reckon this is a page turner and an engrossing read..
I for my part had a great time with this one!!

Never boring it doesn't disappoint delivering a fast pacing thriller!!
A mega terror attack by fanatics are on the way, plus a sick and confused young man is planning to murder his family and wants to commit bloodshed the more the better!!
The clock is ticking!!

Not much time for Assad, Karl, Rose, and the other
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nordic-noir
The latest addition to the Jussie Adler series with Carl Morck & the gang!

Never dull, always engaging is my take on this series to date….

Slightly diffo format than prior books in that we are following a POV of all the lead characters including Carl & Assad as opposed to the usual back n forth across time as they revive a cold case or run parallel timelines in an ongoing investigation.

Its clear from early on that finally! We’re going to have more of a reveal about Assad’s backstory which to date
Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Up to book 6,these were excellent police procedurals,with great characters.Number 7 was a flop,and this one is awful.Wants to be a thriller,but isn't,the plot is silly,the characters shadows of themselves.The subplot isn't worth commenting con.Pity that the autor veered off course...and crashed. ...more
Department Q is a quirky bunch of misfits working out of the basement of police headquarters in Copenhagen, led by Carl Morck. The body of an older woman refugee washes up on the shores of the Mediterranean, and she becomes the year's 2,117th victim drowning while trying to reach freedom. A male freelance photographer, inexplicably named Joan, tells her story, but does not realize she has been murdered. Assad recognizes Victim 2117 as his foster mother, who cared for him and his family in Iraq. ...more
Bruce Hatton
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: danish-crime
It’s always a pleasure for me to catch up with the latest adventures of Carl Morck and his rag-tag team of detectives in Department Q: Rose, Gordon and Assad.
This one begins with Catalan journalist Joan Aiguader, desperate to revive his career, covering a tragic story of dead Syrian refugees washing ashore in Cyprus; one elderly woman being referred to as Victim 2117. Her identity awakens unpleasant memories for Assad, reminding him of the family he had to leave behind in Iraq and his confrontat
Mick Dubois
I've read every book in this series and they become better with every instalment. Assad is the main character and Rose makes a come-back after 2 years at home. It tackles terrorism and refugees as well as personal motivations as revenge, hatred and love. The only set back about this series is the long wait for the next one. As I read the Dutch translation of this Danish book, I made my review in my own native language. If you use Google Translate, you get a translation that's not too bad.

Ik heb
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-Assad’s 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-Olsen’s 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
I love Mr. Adler-Olsen's work; he is one of my favorites, but I cannot continue with this book. The entire first part is one HUGE info-dump and I am losing my way trying to wade through it. I will pick up with the next book in the series if there is one. (Hoping there is!)

Sometimes this does happen with a fav. author. I skip a book I just can't read, handle, doesn't interest me or seems not a good fit for what I like to read. A tremendous, monotonous info-dump does me in almost every time.

The s
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Weakest installment of the series so far.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
i really like this series. The characters are great and the stories suspenseful & complex while keeping the reader engaged in the narrative.
We finally get Assad's story. woo hoo!!! it's been hinted at and referenced throughout the series.
this was not an easy read but not b/c it was bad but b/c it was so intense and dark.
I've also become emotionally attached to the characters so reading about the trauma in Assad's background was heartbreaking. I had to take breaks. It was also long but the suspe
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
Kay Parker
Rating: 2 🔪
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
Publisher: Quercus Books
Release Date: Out Now!
(Thank you NetGalley and Quercus for the free copy!)

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 ...more
Sarah Baenen
Mar 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Although I love this series, I just couldn’t get into the book. I didn’t 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. Assad’s 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 wa ...more
Five stars. It was with great pleasure that I discovered the latest in Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series on the bookshelves, which I’ve followed faithfully since the wryly humorous “The Keeper of Lost Causes” was first published. I wasn’t let down.

Prior to this age of the modern Pandemic, images of desperate immigrants attempting to find safe passage from worn torn countries via the Mediterranean and the apprehension of those receiving them, fearful of terrorists in their midst were very much t
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Jussi Adler Olsen comes back with the 8th instalment in the Department Q series - Victim 2117. For me personally it’s the first time reading a book in a series and I must say it was a very pleasant experience.

The author addressed some current world problems of political refugees seeking freedom and terrorism. I found the dual storyline interesting and I think it was a very clever way of showing two different types of terrorist’s threat within one novel. Victim 2117 is an incredibly fast paced a
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 Q’s supporting cast, Assad, the supposed refugee from Syria. He’s 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 media’s favourite sensations – the death of asylum seekers as they t
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 time
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 comi ...more
The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
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!
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well this book is the most intense by FAR of the series. It is amazing how there is a culmination of the crew in Department Q. They have come together in friendship and love for each other in a big showdown. I can't wait for the next one! ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is #8 in the Department Q series by Danish author, Jussi Adler-Olsen. The first 5 books were a solid 4 - 5 stars for me. Great stories....a little dark, but incredibly creative. So with a little distress, it saddens me that the last 3 books (6, 7 and this one) didn't pull me in as the others.

This book fell between 2-3 stars for me. With the last book, the character, Rose, was in the spotlight. And with this one, the character Assad, is in the forefront. While he was a tad more interesting
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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”)

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  • 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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“«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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