A Conspiracy of Faith (Department Q Series #3)

A Conspiracy of Faith (Department Q Series #3)

by Jussi Adler-Olsen
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A Conspiracy of Faith (Department Q Series #3) by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The New York Times and # 1 international bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with another shocking cold case in his exhilarating Department Q series. 

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 in a desperate marriage- her husband refuses to tell her where he goes, what he does, how long he will be away. For days on end she waits, and when he returns she must endure his wants, his moods, his threats. But enough is enough. She will find out the truth, no matter the cost to her husband—or to herself.

Carl and his colleagues Assad and Rose must use all of their resources to uncover the horrifying truth in this heart-pounding Nordic thriller from the #1 international bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142180815
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Department Q Series , #3
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 135,875
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


JUSSI ADLER-OLSEN is Denmark's #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe, and he's won many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards, including the Glass Key Award—also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg. He lives in Denmark.

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A Conspiracy of Faith 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Chaplain41 More than 1 year ago
If you like Jussi Adler-Olsen you'll love this book. Carl and cohorts are at it again solving old cases. Several twists, turns, and even u turns keep this page turner moving. Characters are well drawn and fully developed. Plot brings up questions regarding church versus cult for some thought provoking issues. You decide. Enjoy the ride.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Carl Morck made his series debut in “The Keeper of Lost Causes.” In reviewing the follow-up novel in the Department Q series, “The Absent One,” I noted that it was quite different from the introductory book. It is more complicated, while the character of the protagonist and his assistant, Assad, essentially remain the same. And to spice things up, another “assistant” is provided to Morck, the head of the office devoted to solving cold cases. This time it is a female, Rose. The same set of characters appears in this newest entry in the series, the third translation into English, but we see a progression in the complexity of the plot construction. The cold case which falls into their bailiwick occurs when a bottle floats into Scotland containing an almost illegible plea for help, apparently written in blood. It is determined that the message originated in Denmark, and it is sent to Copenhagen. The message is dated five years earlier and, decayed almost beyond recognition, offers few clues. But that doesn’t stop the intrepid trio as they look into the case, leading them to a most unusual serial killer. While the story is pulse-raising, the length of the novel is offputting and could have used some judicious pruning. Nevertheless, the interactions of the protagonist with not only his assistants, but also others in the Copenhagen police department, sometimes amusing, other times frustrating, soften the harshness of subject matter. Some readers might question Assad’s almost superhuman ability to decipher the rescue plea and other of his abilities, but that is the nature of the character’s appeal. Recommended.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
The crew of Copenhagen’s Police Department Q, a.k.a. the Cold Case Department, (Carl Morek, Assad and Rose) have returned from holiday and were given a message, found in a bottle floating at sea, that seems to be a plea for help.  The message is unclear because: 1) sea water has denigrated the “ink” to the point that it is only partially evident, 2) it had been at sea for an unknown amount of time before it was turned over to the Scotland Police department where at sat on a shelf for 6 years and 3) they are not sure where or when it originated and cannot verify that there have been a report of missing persons toward beginning a search.  All-in-all, a pretty typical day in the life of this unusual, motley, exists-only-because-there-was-a-grant-that-mandated-it crew  In the course of deciphering the writing, it becomes increasingly evident that the person who wrote it is in peril.  How the identity of who penned the note, where to find him/her, how they got into the predicament and how it is resolved is a labyrinth of intricate details, obscure leads and hunches played.  It is discovered that there is a serial kidnapper afoot in Denmark.  The reader is allowed to learn how vicious, soulless and deeply wounded the kidnapper is early in the book and that adds sufficient tension to have caused me to, literally, sweat as I read his actions.  This mysterious criminal focuses his crimes on families with multiple children who are members of reclusive, isolated religious sects.  He takes two of the children for ransom then holds the family hostage in order assure their silence.  How he achieves this reveals just how cold this particular person really is. All of the details in such an investigation require time to develop but the book is never draggy, it is paced according to the police investigating the crime.  The particulars given in the story are not superfluous and the reader would do well to tend to them as he/she reads this novel.  What did slow the reading for me is trying to pronounce the Nordic words and Danish names of the cities Det. Carl and company must visit in the course of their investigation.  As with the previous two books in this series, the action picks up a quicker pace as more discoveries are made and the plot is so plausible that its realism adds a believable level of fear to the book.  There is a plentiful amount of harsh language (it is peopled with police officers and criminals), children are in danger and there are several crimes described in the course of the book.  It is not a book to be read to children nor would one want to read at bed time (I read wanted to read too long into the night when I made the choice to read it in bed). The subplots, found in the earlier books, continue to deepen in this installment and some new elements are introduced as well.  Who shot Det. Carl and his partners in that “allotment” house?  Who is Assad and what makes this enigmatic so good at detective work?  Who is Rose’s sister?  How come the basement “offices” of Department Q are suddenly under the scrutiny of the Government Health Agency?  All questions that promise to be revisited, with typical humor, in the ongoing saga that is “The Lost Cause” department. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked on Carl Moerk, from Department Q, from the moment I began reading the 1st book, A Keeper of Lost Causes. What I enjoy most is the comedy relief when things get a little too scary. I have laughed out loud in several key places helping to relieve a bit of tension. I am almost finished this 3rd book in the series, and it is really outstanding. Hope Adler-Olsen continues with this series...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another perfect Dept Q! Please keep them coming!
GmaZ More than 1 year ago
Because I was a fan of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a friend recommended the 1st book of this series, The Keeper of Lost Causes, as one I would enjoy which I did. The cases are interesting and well developed but the best parts are the 3 people in the basement working the cold case files. The relationship between Carl and his assistant Assad is a lot of fun to read. I can't wait for book #4!
FiverStPaul More than 1 year ago
I am only part way through this book but I am just amazed at how well Jussi Adler-Olsen creates his characters and plots.   I love his book.   this is every bit as good as "Keeper of Lost Causes".   If you like mysteries, you will love Jussi's books.   I have to go and read another several chapters now. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit of an acquired taste. Having read other books in the series it is easier to follow the quirks of this strange collection of misfits who seem to be able to solve difficult and forgotten crimes. I don't know what it would be like to read this as a first, since knowing tha back story makes it more enjoyable. JTB83
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend
Brodk More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars. The only shortcoming is the protagonist's constant musings about the eccentricities and shortcomings of his assistants. Otherwise, excellent.
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Great series
MexicoDan More than 1 year ago
As always, the "Dept. Q" stories are great.
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SCReader20 More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a new series to try out and purchased the first three Q Series books. All three have been excellent. I really like the characters and the stories are excellent. I will be reading the rest of the series.
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Denmark's Department Q, cold case squad, is back on another case.  A message in a bottle from 14 years ago has been found sitting around in someone's office.  When Carl and his two "assistants", Assad and Rose, finally get it, they find a note written in blood and greatly faded  by time.  Deciphering the note is a project in itself, but it eventually leads them on the trail of a sadistic serial murderer, who has been kidnapping children from strange closed religious sects and living off the ransom money.  He's extremely cleaver and has many names and exit strategies from every situation.  Catching him before he murders more children sends Carl and Assad around the country.  This is the third book in the Department Q series and reads well alone, but the main characters have a background that is best enjoyed if you start from book one--THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES.  The mystery is very sadistic and evil.  The comic relief comes from the relationships of the three continuing characters, which is endearing and just plain hysterical at times.  I listened to the audio version of this book and highly recommend it.  The readers does an excellent job with accents.  The audio also added to the sense of foreboding. 
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BookLoverCT More than 1 year ago
Since I discovered this author, I have read all of the Department Q series. Looking forward to "The Purity of Vengeance". I love his cast of characters.
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