Marco Effekten (Afdeling Q, #5) by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Marco Effekten (Afdeling Q, #5)

New York Times and internationally bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with an astonishing and sinister case for Department Q 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...

Details Marco Effekten (Afdeling Q, #5)

TitleMarco Effekten (Afdeling Q, #5)
Release DateNov 30th, 2012
PublisherPolitikens Forlag
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Fiction

Reviews Marco Effekten (Afdeling Q, #5)

  • Jayson
    (B+) 77% | GoodNotes: It's a lot of empty calories: the story moves, but not in a way that advances the plot much or pays off well in the end.
  • Phrynne
    I love this series but was just a little disappointed in this one. Partly it was because Carl seemed to have lost his mojo - this may have been deliberate on the author's part and due to events in Carl's life - but it left the character very flat. As the series rather hinges on the relationship between Carl and Assad, when Carl is flat and Assad is not talking things are rather dull. The Marco storyline was good however and the book is certainly ...
  • Andrew Smith
    Listening to a good book can be even better than reading it – well that’s my experience anyway. But it all depends on the reader. I've listened to lots of audiobooks where the reader has truly brought the characters and places to life. I've also listened to some where the opposite is true and it’s ruined what was potentially a good book. This one delivered a strange and confusing experience, I'm afraid.I was up for a bit of Scandinavian cri...
  • Meredith
    The Marco Effect is a great addition to the Department Q. series. I was drawn to Marco's character, and I could not put the book down when the narrative was told from Marco's perspective. I am ready for the next book in the series!
  • Jennie Menke
    The characters are still great. Wishing for a little more info on Assad than the tidbits Jussi is revealing in each book. But I found this particular storyline the weakest of the Dept. Q books. Pretty repetitive with Marco on the run and managing to slip away... Over and over. Doesn't mean I didn't like it but myexpectations were high and it didn't meet them. Still love you tho, carl, rose and Assad!
  • Andy
    We open up with Marco’s story (Yes him in the title!) which keeps us going for the opening chapters as the scene is set before department Q make an appearance & his account is excellent, giving an insight into a different way of life in Denmark, exposing a seedy underbelly & the ways of a street gang.With old favourite Assad recovering after the events of the prior episode, Rose comes to the fore by getting out of the office & doing some “tra...
  • Paula Kalin
    The Marco Effect is the 5th in the Department Q series by Danish author Jussi Adler Olsen. His books tend to be long so I listened to the audiobook this time which didn't disappoint. The book centers around 15 year old Marco a lovable character from a gypsy clan relocated from Italy. Marco goes on the run after discovering a body killed by his clan. His clan being nothing more than a criminal network forcing their young members to a miserable lif...
  • Tanja Berg
    Rating 3* out of 5. After the first four brilliant books in this series, this fifth one was disappointing. Not that I'm particularly surprised, I try to avoid any book which involves any sort of mafia or criminal network. I picked this up solely for having loved the first four so well. The other thing I'm beginning to notice after 35 hours of Swedish audio books in three weeks is that my Norwegian is becoming considerably worse. The two languages...
  • Carolyn
    . English translation.: The Marco Effect. Book 5 in the Department Q series. I enjoyed the previous books in this series for the investigative procedures in solving crimes and for the humour of the interactions between Carl Morck,the lead detective of the Cold Case unit and his two assistants: the mysterious Assad and Rose. The book started out with financial fraud between Africa and Denmark, and then switches to the plight of a young boy, Marco...
  • Alondra
    4.5 StarsI swear, 1/2 star went to just finding out some more background info on Assad. Hell, maybe I should give that a full star! LOLAnyway, 15 year old gypsy thief, Marco, decides that today is the last day of being in the "family (gang)." Except on his route of escape, s**t hits the fan and he finds a body. He really has no intention of making it an issue, until the family decides he needs to be dealt with. From that point on, we are on a rol...
  • Skip
    Not as good as the earlier books, the root of evil in this novel is financial greed as some bankers decide to steal foreign aid to Cameroon to keep a Danish bank in business. The disappearance of a banker named Stark sets off a series of events, resulting in a young gypsy alien (Marco) being targeted for death. His Uncle Zola cannot risk his band of beggars and pickpockets being jeopardized and neither can the bank shareholders. Marco, who wants ...
  • Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo
    I love the Department Q crew, but I was disappointed with this installment. It was slow and I was surprised by that.The story lines were too convoluted this time. And of course culminating to the case Q is currently working.Carl and Mona are splitsville - thank goodness. Assad is back in the saddle. Rose has a suiter and well, Rose is Rose. A new boss is upstairs in Department A. And something happens to Hardy.Marco was a delight. Rene and Zola p...
  • Jaki
    I absolutely loved the first 4 books in the series and was waiting with anticipation for #5 which I am sorry to have to say that I just could not get into.
  • Elisa
    Of all the authors who've joined the Scandinavian noir bandwagon, Danish are the ones I tend to like the least (no prejudice, I still read them). At first, Department Q wasn't exactly my favorite series. On top of that, corruption plots (and drug trafficking ones) bore me to tears and I thought this would be one of those. But that is only the setup. The motive behind what happens. The actual thick of the book is awesome. Carl Morck is still a jer...
  • Sarah
    I think this was the weakest of the series so far but I was still pretty much glued to it. I really liked Marco and his perspective of life on the streets. Assad continues to be one of my favorite literary characters (how many camel metaphors can one guy have?) and I really like Carl and Rose. I'm anxious to get to the sixth book and horrified that I have to wait until Sept for book 7 simply because I speak English and the translation isn't out.
  • Steven Z.
    The story begins in the remote Bantu village of Somolarmo during the autumn of 2008. Louis Fon who was in charge of a Danish development project in the Dja jungle of Cameroon notices two men approaching; a white man, and Mbomo Ziem who was an errand boy for Danish government officials. Later, Louis noticed that Mbomo was giving bags of alcohol to pygmy Bantu villagers, and that substantial sums of money were missing from the project he oversaw. S...
  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    By the time you get to book five of a series it’s hard to know what more to say. Sometimes I feel like I could just copy and paste my review for Jussi Adler-Olsen’s last book, change a few names and hit publish. But that would be lazy, so I’ll give you my thoughts about where I stand with Department Q after The Marco Effect.First and foremost, you must read the Department Q series in order, starting with The Keeper of Lost Causes. The story...
  • Suzy
    3 1/2 starsI have mixed feelings about this fifth entry into the Dept Q series. There is a financial crime which includes several murders on more than one continent. And there's a boy, Marco, who accidentally discovers the body of one of the murdered men. While I was gripped by the Marco aspects, I thought there were too many story lines and people to keep track of. Since I listened to the book, I was not able to leaf back when I wondered "who is...
  • Erin
    2.5 stars. I now understand what other reviewers mean when using the term, "slow burn." I still love the series and the characters, but this book is the weakest of the series for me. Usually I'm impressed with how twisted and deplorable the "bad guys" are that Carl,Assad, and Rose must hunt down. In "The Marco Effect" they're simply "really mean bad guys." As well,I grew irritated at all the times Marco managed to get away from the police. Don't ...
  • Donna
    I like this author. I have enjoyed everything I have read so far. There is so much that I like about his writing. I like the humor, his plot twists and his characters.It is through the relationships, that the humor is so wonderfully unveiled. I love Assad. He cracks me up. Sometimes I want to know more about this mysterious character, but then I think the mystery adds to my enjoyment. I will say this story wasn't my favorite, but it had so many c...
  • Deanna
    This was a DNF. After liking the first of the series a great deal, I was disappointed in the second, and then skipped to this one and just couldn't finish it. It seems every book gets choppier and more centered on criminals and victims with less emphasis and interest in the detectives. The crimes and criminals were pretty grim even for the genre. I wasn't the reader for this one.
  • Mal Warwick
    In a region of Cameroon populated by people outsiders call pygmies, a Danish development project has gone off the rails. Then, shortly after a visitor from the Danish foreign ministry is glimpsed on a visit, the local liaison between the project and the Danes is brutally murdered. Back home in Denmark, one of the foreign ministry officials involved in the project goes missing. We've learned that a senior official in the ministry and top executive...
  • Jaksen
    Very enjoyable. Crisp dialogue. Intricate, complex storyline. Lots of characters, but easy to keep apart - all quite distinctive. And of course there's Carl Morten, Assad and Rose, the three majors who work in Department Q, responsible for resurrecting old, 'cold' cases and figuring out who did what to who and why. I love this series!The story concerns Carl and crew examining another cold case, that of a missing man. Missing a few years in fact, ...
  • Eric
    Carl Morck of Department Q is back, along with the rest of Jussi Adler-Olsen's cast of characters in another lengthy and satisfying tale that reaches across continents. The main theme here is as the cover photograph suggests - a pebble tossed into water results in waves that land elsewhere. Marco is a street-smart petty thief in a Gypsy clan and soon finds himself hunted by unknown quarries for reasons he's not sure of. As with other Adler-Olsen ...
  • Kay
    There’s nothing like a little Nordic Noir to help while away the cold winter evenings. Having spent a week in Copenhagen this past summer made this installation in Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series all the more vivid for me, especially as this particular novel uses many well-known settings around the city quite effectively. I could imagine the protagonist, fifteen-year-old Marco, hiding out in Tivoli after dark or ducking in and out of side s...
  • Cheri
    Love this author and really liked this book. Very detailed story - and great characters. This book was different as other characters were very prominent in the beginning but then the Department Q part took over as well.
  • Jack Heath
    4 Stars. More of a chase thriller than a mystery, but it's got good portions of both. Department Q's lead detective Carl Morck is having girl friend problems, will it be Mona or someone new? All he needs is a distraction from Rose. She and Assad bring him a cold case and some discrepancies about a missing government official and possible corruption in an aid programme in Africa. At the same time we meet Marco, a teenage gypsy who just wants to le...
  • Barbara
    Marco is a 15 year old Roma boy from Italy living in Denmark. The leader of his clan, Zola, is brutal and ruthless. Marco runs away, and this is the story of his survival. Marco discovers a victim of Zola buried in the woods. He wants the family of the victim to know their loved one is dead and where the body is. In the meantime, Zola and the clan relentlessly search for Marco. Marco has so many close encounters and escapes I lost count. I think ...
  • Linda Lpp
    This series is very entertaining. More than an investigation/cold case theme. You get a group trying to solve the crimes in the most unusual ways, loaded with humorous antics, foul language but it fits with the characters in that period of time/in that part of the world, jabs at different cultural groups (which you wouldn't get away with today or in North America). Listening to an audio format is ideal in my mind-it enhances the characters person...
  • Betsy
    I have been a fan of this series and recently watched the first three that were made into a series on Netflix. The Netflix adaptation took some liberties, specifically with the character of Assad, but still worth watching. Unfortunately The Marco Effect was a disappointment. In previous books the situation was very clear from the beginning and was reasonably believable. These aren't really mysteries because the "bad guys" are knows from the begin...