Search Results: "Jussi Adler-Olsen"


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THE SCARRED WOMAN by Jussi Adler-Olsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Instead of focusing on a single high-concept case, Adler-Olsen lays out several florid plotlines and sets his crime-solvers the daunting task of gathering all the threads together. It's such a varied smorgasbord that even readers who'd prefer to skip a given dish will find plenty to sate their appetites."
Given the crowded field of wounded, murderous females on display in this seventh case for Copenhagen's Department Q (The Hanging Girl, 2015, etc.), it's hard to know just where to pin the title in this cavalcade of woman's inhumanity to woman. Read full book review >

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A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH by Jussi Adler-Olsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2013

"Less byplay among the regulars than usual, mainly since whenever promising domestic and group complications arise, Adler-Olsen lets them die on the vine. But the detection and thrills are authentic."
Inspector Carl Mørck and his raffish colleagues at Copenhagen's Department Q (The Absent One, 2012, etc.) go up against a truly fiendish kidnapper. Read full book review >

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THE ABSENT ONE by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"As in Department Q's debut (The Keeper of Lost Causes, 2011), Adler-Olsen plots and writes with both eyes on Stieg You-Know-Who. The result is overscaled, lumpy, strenuously unnuanced and destined for the bestseller lists."
Copenhagen Deputy Detective Superintendent Carl Mørck returns from vacation to discover that his tiny cold case unit, Department Q, has been reshuffled, and a citizen's complaint has reopened a 20-year-old case on which all the relevant documents have disappeared. Read full book review >

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THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE by Jussi Adler-Olsen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 31, 2013

"Another accomplished exercise in three-decker suspense, though the climactic twist would be harder to predict if the story had ended 100 pages earlier."
Another cold case for the sturdy misfits of Copenhagen's Department Q, together with two more incomplete blasts from the past for Detective Carl Mørck. Read full book review >

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THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES by Jussi Adler-Olsen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 22, 2011

"The English-language success of Adler-Olsen's synthetic but sharply calculated debut, already a publishing phenomenon in Germany, Austria and its native Denmark, seems so assured that resistance would be futile."
Great news for fans who feared that the formula that shot Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy to the top of international bestseller lists couldn't be cloned: a big, leisurely Scandinavian thriller with dark hints of conspiracy, clunky descriptions, dozens of plot complications and the world's most unnuanced villains. Read full book review >

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THE ALPHABET HOUSE by Jussi Adler-Olsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A study of loyalty confronting madness and evil."
Adler-Olsen (The Marco Effect, 2014, etc.) begins his first stand-alone thriller with a World War II reconnaissance mission. Read full book review >

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THE MARCO EFFECT by Jussi Adler-Olsen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"If a scene works, Adler-Olsen never minds reprising it two or three times with minor variations. The result is a tale as big and sprawling as Carl's first four cases (The Purity of Vengeance, 2013, etc.) but more diffuse, more like a TV miniseries than a feature film."
A Danish banking scam whose tentacles extend to Cameroon spells trouble for Department Q's Carl Mørck and a young boy who gets caught in the crossfire. Read full book review >

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The Memoirs of Irene Adler by San Cassimally
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 26, 2014

"Arthur Conan Doyle's world gets progressively twisted in a slightly tangled story."
Edinburgh-based Cassimally (The Case Book of Irene Adler, 2013) brings back the unconventional female who famously impressed Sherlock Holmes for the second installment of a series. Read full book review >

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STELLA ADLER ON IBSEN, STRINDBERG, AND CHEKHOV by Barry Paris
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 1999

"Despite these flaws, Adler is majestic and inspiring as she speaks to us from a bygone age in which the theater was the principal creative home for actors who achieved dignity from their abilities as interpretive artists, not from their celebrity status or their paychecks."
The late acting teacher's legendary lectures on script interpretation lose something when transposed to the printed page, though they still make a fine introduction to modern drama and the acting style it requires. Read full book review >

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THE CASE BOOK OF IRENE ADLER by San Cassimally
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2014

"Compelling if at times convoluted 'herstory' of Holmes' famous woman."
The sharp-witted actress who earned Sherlock Holmes' admiration offers her own recollections in this first installment of a Conan Doyle-inspired series. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"An exciting, inspiring and essential book for anyone interested in American theater."
Brilliant lectures on the American masters from the late, legendary acting teacher. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Hanhimäki writes, by way of faint praise, that Kissinger has 'never even come close to being irrelevant.' Still, those who take the view that Kissinger is a war criminal will find little to contradict them in this absorbing and rich account."
That most Strangelovian of public servants—and his legacy comes in for close analysis—and are found badly wanting. Read full book review >