I’m catching up on the Department Q mysteries – I was a bit hesitant about this one because it has less glowing reviews – still, I know I want to read #5 so here we go. The down side of the novel seems to be the historical aspect – there really was a sterilization program for wayward girls on the island of Sprogø in Denmark between the years 1923 and 1959
The Purity of Vengeance has to do with that sorry part of Denmark’s history and the possibility of continuing racist ideas in the country. So Adler-Olsen is writing with some political and historical ideas involved and that changes the tenor a bit. Oh well – the suspense remains high and I’m used to historical aspects to my fiction. My problem was that I found it to be a bit confusing for the first 75 or so pages (couple hours or so) what with three time frames and the stories of all the victims. There’s no real “mystery” here, it’s more of a police procedural but still very, very good.
Also, the series’ main characters, Detective Carl Mørck, and his assistants Assad and Rosie, remain their wacky, intelligent, and humorous selves and provide a much needed break from the dark side of the story.
Boston Globe – good review –