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    The Purity of Vengeance

    Department Q novels just keep getting better and better. I could not put this one down. All of the main characters are still flawed but exhibit strengths that make you love them and want more.
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    The Purity of Vengence-ADept Q Novel

    This novel never drags or misses as the Dept Q team try to resolve a set of multiple disappearences that all took place on the same day in 1987. Lots of surprises and action.
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    This book certainly was captivating from the begining. I almost read it in one sitting. The book is both exciting, shocking, entertaining and humorous. Some of the events are quite schocking especially the mistreatment of Nete. Some of the events surrounding Carl and conversations he has really made me smile or chuckle. Although some heavy themes are handled, like mistreatment of women in the not too distant past, the rise of populist parties in Europe, and of course the theme of revenge, the book never becomes heavy-handed. Still the treatment of these themes to my disstatifaction was a bit shallow. I did not really gain deeper insights in the problems mentioned from this book. Take for instance the theme of revenge. Although there is a moment Nete doubts her course of action when one of her victims shows remorse, it seems she never doubts whether revenge actually solves anything let alone whether it really gives the possiblity to start with a clean slate. The writer avoids an overly simplistic black and white sheme, for instance in showing that Nete is capable of quite gruesome deeds, and that Curt Wad is capable of loving his wife. Still both Nete and Curt do never seem to feel something of a dilemma. The plot of the book has both strong and weak elements. The denouement really took me by surprise and was very creative. However there is some lack of psychological realism and credibility there. [Spoiler alert] Is it credible that an alcoholic could live for 20 years entirely on her own (without any contacts with either family or friends) without starting to neglect herself or her house or without Korsakoff's disease setting in. Is it credible that Nete, who has wonderful foster parents who rescued her from a horrible life would simply lose contact with them? Well, I don't know, but in the end the plot is not really satisfying to my taste. Maybe the biggest drawback of the book is it coarse language. Well, I understand that this contributes to the drawing of the atmosphere, but this aim would also have been reached by a cutback of 90% of foul language.
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    Great absorbing read!

    Love this author. Every new release better than the last. Characters come to life again. This is one you won't want to put down until the very end, then you'll wish you had the next installment.
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    good follow up book in the series of Dept Q.

    Always I enjoy this author, as I love his sense of humor and his characters. This book jumps back and forth from the past to present as do his other books in this series. I like that very much. I am still curious to find out more about all his characters. A good read over all.
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