The Marco Effect
A Department Q Novel
By Jussi Adler-Olsen
(Dutton Adult, Hardcover, 9780525954026, 496pp.)
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
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The New York Times and internationally bestselling author returns with an astonishing and sinister case for Department Q
All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead bodyproving the true extent of Zola’s criminal activitieshe goes on the run. But his family members aren’t the only ones who’ll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent . . . forever.
Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Mørck needs is for his assistants, Assad and Rose, to pick up a missing persons case on a whim: Carl’s nemesis is his new boss, and he’s saddled Department Q with an unwelcome addition. But when they learn that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy. Carl’s actions propel the trio into a case that extends from Denmark to Africa, from embezzlers to child soldiers, from seemingly petty crime rings to the very darkest of cover-ups.
JUSSI ADLER-OLSEN is Denmark’s #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books have sold more than fifteen million copies around the world. His many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards include the Glass Key Award, also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg.
Praise for The Marco Effect
"Engrossing...a roller coaster ride through Copenhagen's seedy underbelly." - Publishers Weekly
“This series goes from triumph to triumph…This is the best book I’ve read in 2014 so far. Highly recommended.” - Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine
"The Marco Effect works, because Marco is a compelling hero, the villains are truly odious, and Mørck and his quirky, savvy subordinates ultimately carry the day." - Booklist
“If you like the dark humor, wisecracking, and layered betrayals of Raymond Chandler, then read Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series.” -Men's Journal
Praise for Jussi Adler-Olsen and the Department Q novels:
"Adler-Olsen merges story lines...with ingenious aplomb, effortlessly mixing hilarities with horrors...This crime fiction tour de force could only have been devised by an author who can even turn stomach flu into a belly laugh."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Purity of Vengeance
“[A] sordid tale… inspired by actual events during a dark period of Danish history. Ah, but there is more, so much more in this frenzied thriller…”
— The New York Times Book Review on The Purity of Vengeance
“When your series relies on cold cases, it’s not always easy to craft plots that have both historical interest and an air of urgency, but it’s something Adler-Olsen is very good at.”
— Booklist on The Purity of Vengeance
“This series has enough twists to captivate contemporary mystery readers and enough substance and background to entertain readers with historical and literary tastes."
—Library Journal (starred review)
"Plan on putting everything else in your life on hold if you pick up this book.”
— The Oregonian on The Keeper of Lost Causes