The Marco Effect

The Marco Effect

A Department Q Novel

Book - 2014
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"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 body-proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities-he 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 Morck 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"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dutton,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780525954026
Branch Call Number: F ADL NVD
Characteristics: 484 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Aitken, Martin
Schein, Steve


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Jan 04, 2018

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark as corruption in the civil service leads to murder and mayhem in Copenhagen and Africa. Resourceful young protagonist Marco is on the run from a cast of comically bizarre psychopaths and cutthroat killers whom he evades in impossible adrenalin-ridden, James Bond-like chases through the city streets. Fortunately Morck, Assad, and Rose are on the case, enlightened by a string of camel aphorisms that will have you chortling through the whole fantastic, black humour, outrageous, dark, hilarity of the story.

Dec 06, 2017

The best so far.

Jun 18, 2017

I've read a few of Adler-Olsen 'Q' novels, and this one is not the best. I think too much time was spent around Marco and the numerous chases. Hopefully the next one will remedy this. When I read about department 'Q' I want to feel the interaction between Carl, Assad, and Rose. And this one didn't quite hit the mark.

Jul 07, 2015

well written, enjoyable, funny sometimes, good mystery. can't wait to read next department Q book.

Feb 28, 2015

Very good except for chase scenes which go on much too long.

Feb 11, 2015

I have read all of his Dept Q books. the first half of this one I thought this is his best yet. but for the second half, I thought the opposite - I found it dragged on too long regarding the chase (I'm not giving anything away). I often wondered if adler-olsen was the actual author of the second half. besides that, I found the earlier books were more entertaining regarding carl's teammates. and one last thing, there were several typos throughout which irritated me. if they weren't typos, then they were the translators mistakes.

Jan 13, 2015

The Kirkus review is apt, as Adler-Olsen has said in an interview that this is the 5th of 7 books that are each like chapters in collective book about Department Q. You can begin to see some of Carl Morck's smart-ass superior veneer chip away while exposing his human flaws and the humanity at their source, Assad's secrets increasingly revealed, and Rose's self-actualization accelerating.

Taken in that overall context, the reasonably compelling but uneven qualities of this "chapter" can be overlooked in anticipation of a strong stretch drive in books 6 and 7.

Jan 11, 2015

Was a hard read. Only read1/10th, gave up since it was overdue. Will re-order and try it again.

Dec 30, 2014

An addicting read, with well developed and interesting characters. It ties in nicely with small events and large alike. A little dark however.

Nov 04, 2014

Excellent series. Deals with immigration conflict in Denmark - this theme echoed in recent books by Icelandic (Thai immigrants), Norwegian (sub-Saharan African immigrants) and Swedish (Sudanese immigrants) authors. These are among the most progressive and liberal countries in the world. Push back in Norway led to the tragedy of Anders Brevik - killer of 76 high school students at an intercultural camp.

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