The New York Times
and internationally bestselling Danish crime writer Jussi Adler-Olsen returns
with the third thriller in his exhilarating Department Q series.
Detective Carl Mørck has received a bottle that holds an
old and decayed message written in blood. It’s a cry for help from two young
brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean
for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police
department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message,
written in Danish, was analyzed. 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, how long he will be away, what he does while he’s gone—or even what he
does for a living. Isolated after choosing him over family and friends, she
waits for days on end, 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 him—or to herself.
In this heart-pounding thriller, Carl and his colleagues
Assad and Rose must use every resource available to uncover the horrifying
truth set adrift in that bottle all those years ago.
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