The Scarred Woman

The Scarred Woman

Book - 2017
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"Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder. In a Copenhagen park the body of an elderly woman is discovered. The case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide investigation from over a decade ago, but the connection between the two victims confounds the police. Across town a group of young women are being hunted. The attacks seem random, but could these brutal acts of violence be related? Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q is charged with solving the mystery. Back at headquarters, Carl and his team are under pressure to deliver results: failure to meet his superiors' expectations will mean the end of Department Q. Solving the case, however, is not their only concern. After an earlier breakdown, their colleague Rose is still struggling to deal with the reemergence of her past--a past in which a terrible crime may have been committed. It is up to Carl, Assad, and Gordon to uncover the dark and violent truth at the heart of Rose's childhood before it is too late"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780525954958
Characteristics: 472 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Frost, William 1978-- Translator
Alternative Title: Selfies.


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Jan 17, 2020

Departing from the black humour (albeit gruesome) hilarity of previous Department Q books (e.g. see The Marco Effect), The Scarred Woman is a bitter, unpleasant, mean-spirited, misogynistic story about repellant characters - nearly all of them women. The horrors that the author inflicts on Rose in this story are unforgivable. A real disappointment in an otherwise enjoyable series.

Jan 04, 2019

DNF. I had a very hard time following this book. Felt like there were too many inconsistencies and the story had uncomfortable jumps in it that felt like watching an old film with occasional frame segments missing. There were individual sentences at key points that made no sense to me no matter how many times I read them. I hope this was simply a poor translation of the book because I've read some of the earlier works and remember enjoying them.

Nov 07, 2018

I love the Department Q series. This book is brilliant. I hope Jussi Adler-Olsen continues the series. Not have I been as satisfied with a police procedural since Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's Martin Beck Series. Not for the faint of heart but oh so good!

Oct 16, 2018

My favorite Department Q book so far. It has a gallows humor feature that found me smiling about murder and feeling guilty. Highly enjoyable read!!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

Mar 26, 2018

I disagree with some of the comments below. I enjoyed this book very much even if it was my first book to read by this author. I didn't find it too confusing to follow the story plot with the characters once I got to know them. It follows several characters and is easy to understand with the various backgrounds and different voices. More than one killer are included in this plot so that makes it even more exciting and interesting to read. A great mystery-suspense thriller book--I didn't want to put it down until I completed the whole story! Some surprise twists, especially towards end of the story. Thumbs up.

Mar 21, 2018

Totally agree with all the previous comments which suggest that you read at least one of the earlier books and perhaps even more than one as the back stories are vital to the enjoyment of this one.

And it is a very quick read. I was sad when it was over and could not put it down when I was only 5 pages from the end.

Mar 14, 2018

i've read all the books in this series and i enjoyed this one as well.

Feb 14, 2018

Department Q, bk. 7. Readers new to the series really need to start with "The Keeper of Lost Causes" and cover two or three of the earlier books before picking up this one. I liked it, but it's very fast paced and many of the ongoing characters show up briefly with little or no background info. The exception is Dept Q staffer, Rose Knudson. We find out more about her past, and she is a central character here. Adler-Olsen's dark sense-of-humor is at play in this book. If Rose is the principal victim, women without a sense of morality are the chief baddies. They include a pair of welfare queens who plot an armed robbery; a social worker who comes to hate her clients so much that she turns homicidal; and a young woman who picks up where her Nazi grandfather left off.

Feb 11, 2018

I enjoy the Department Q novels. It helps if you have read the first few so you are familiar the characters and the setting. Many scarred women in this book. A bunch of young welfare abusing women decide to rob a business and reap the rewards. However, a welfare officer hates these girls and decides to extract her personal revenge. One of the girls' grandfather was a Nazi officer (who has since died) but his wife is killed and more murders occur. Department Q finally gets involved, but there is trouble in-house as usual. Rose, their able assistant is having problems that they need to carefully address while looking into the murders as the upstairs homicide team bungles around and Morck and Assad are assigned a television crew to babysit. We learn much more about Rose and her life and we keep getting clues into Assad's unknown background, Morck's personal life always crops up (I find his romantic life pretty dull), his stepson has moved out, his former mother-in-law wants to learn how to use her phone to take nude selfies and buddy Hardy is gaining more physical ability but his mind, as usual, is detective sharp. Author J A-O seems to love making females the bad guys - sometimes it comes across odd/strange because the women/girls often seem very cliched. I found it a quick read as usual, he does mention the previous books in this novel. I want to know more about Assad, but that plot line remains hidden/buried at this time.

Feb 09, 2018

It's confusing when a new character is introduced every chapter for the first six chapters or so, as so many authors are doing now, or jumping from one time frame to another. With this book, there is the added problem that you pretty much need to know the Dept. Q staff before you start, and these you can only know by having read all the previous books. Fortunately, I have, and enjoyed this book immensely, but otherwise, I know I would have been terribly confused, too. To my thinking, this is not a stand-alone book.
Here is the story of a frustrated 50ish Danish social worker, who must give benefits to 20ish young women who are not interested in finding a skill, or even just a job, but spend a great deal of time and (other people's) money on their looks while running little scams on the side to afford some frills.
Running parallel to this is the Dept. Q employee, Rose, who before (in other books) was somewhat mentally ill, and now is quite mentally ill. The descriptions of her particular behavior/thinking are fascinating.

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