Victim 2117

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Synopsis of Victim 2117

The newspaper refers to the body only as Victim 2117. The two thousand one hundred and seventeenth refugee to die in the Mediterranean Sea. But to three people, the unnamed victim is so much more, and the death sets off a chain of events that throws Department Q, Copenhagen’s cold cases division led by Detective Carl Mørck, into a deeply dangerous—and deeply personal—case. A case that not only reveals dark secrets about the past, but has deadly implications for the future.

For troubled Danish teen Alexander, whose identity is hidden behind his computer screen, the death of Victim 2117 becomes a symbol of everything he resents. And the perfect excuse to unleash his murderous impulses in real life. For Ghallib, one of the most brutal tormentors from Abu Ghraib—Saddam Hussein’s infamous prison—the death of Victim 2117 was the first step in a terrorist plot years in the making. And for Department Q’s Assad, Victim 2117 is a link to his buried past—and the family he assumed was long dead.

With the help of the Department Q squad—Carl, Rose, and Gordon—Assad must finally confront painful memories from his years in the Middle East in order to find and capture Ghallib. But with the clock ticking down to Alexander’s first kill and Ghallib’s devastating attack, the thinly spread Department Q will need to stay one step ahead of their most lethal adversary yet if they are to prevent the loss of thousands of innocent lives.

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Review of Victim 2117 by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Although it’s okay, it’s the one I liked the least off of the series so far. It deviates quite a lot from the usual.

It’s about refugees from Syria, Iraq, etc. arriving on rafts in Europe, in this case Cyprus, and terrorists. I have nothing against refugees, I do against terrorists, but they’re not the subjects I hope to find in a thriller or in an intrigue novel.

Here, at last, we learn Assad’s full story, one of the most noted and endearing characters in the Department Q stories. We also see Rose’s return to the Department, after nearly two years of retirement for reasons derived from the QD’s latest novelized case.

In  Victim 2117 we have two parallel stories. Assad’s and a crazy Danish murderer’s, obsessed with who knows what but whose trigger for killing is the same: victim 2117.

He begins by murdering his father and then threatens to continue by killing his mother, and anyone in front of him.

It’s entertaining, easy to read, but the only intrigue is whether things will end well for Assad.

Although this one disappointed me a little, I expect the next one, as always, without losing any interest in the series.

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Series:  Department Q; 8

Publisher: Quercus
Original title: Offer 2117

Language: English
Format: eBook

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