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Saturday 28 May 2011

Mercy - Jussi Adler-Olsen

We have lots of classy crime novels due over the next few months. Here's an excellent one to be getting on with.

Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Paperback at £6.99
This Danish crime novel has most of the best ingredients of the genre plus a most unconventional character who you cannot fail to enjoy.
   Detective Carl Morck’s friends have been shot. Carl, also wounded, is mentally disturbed by the events. Returning to work, he is isolated in a new department investigating old cases, the first of which is that of a female politician who disappeared five years previously. Carl’s investigation is sandwiched between the back-story of her terrifying, five year, imprisonment. All this works well, but it is the entrance of the other member of Carl’s ‘team’ that boosts the book above the average. Cleaner/driver and possible illegal immigrant Assad is a memorable creation from his introduction and brilliantly provides comedy and narrative drive.

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