The Hanging Girl

The Hanging Girl

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
New York Times and internationally bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen delivers an exhilarating mystery in the Department Q series, featuring Detective Carl Mørck and his enigmatic assistants, Assad and Rose.

In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later, he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant Rose more furious than usual. Carl has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious seventeen-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree. The investigation will take them from the remote island of Bornholm to a strange sun-worshipping cult, where Carl, Assad, Rose, and newcomer Gordon attempt to stop a string of new murders and a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything--or anyone--get in the way.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780525954941
Branch Call Number: FIC Adler
Characteristics: 504 pages.
Additional Contributors: Frost, William 1978-


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Aug 05, 2020

I think this was probably my favorite of the series mainly because while there were a couple of things that distracted, it was mostly the investigation. At least, there was no Carl and Mona boyfriend/girlfriend issues. I was a bit sorry that Hardy was not in this one much and very very little of Jesper, Morten, or Mika. I found the new-age/metaphysical gobbledygook mumbojumbo kind of humorous. A couple of times, I read a sentence or 2 to my wife and we had a good laugh. Maybe it got our chakra back on prime meridian or realigned our aura. Who knows? I wonder if all of that was real stuff from that area or did he make all of it up? I would have given it 4 stars but the ending really confused me.

Jul 23, 2018

Like most police investigations, this book went on and on and on with not a lot going on. It's a mildly enjoyable Dept Q story, but be patient as the information is slowly gathered.

Jan 01, 2018

The story is kind of split in two. Most of the second theme, the Pirjo/Atu 'story' is way too developed and bogs things down quite a bit. The book could have been shorter and tighter without all that filler.

May 26, 2016

Normally, I enjoy Dept. Q books. I don't know what is wrong with this one except that every time I sit down to read it I fall asleep--even at noon with a cup of coffee in my hand. Morck seems to go on and on about nothing. The cult is the most uninteresting cult in the creation of fictional cults, and even Assad can't hold my attention. Read harry Bosch instead.

Apr 28, 2016

not as good as the previous ones in series. too much detail re their day to day operations. not enough mention of secondary characters as in the previous ones. dept q team much more entertaining in previous ones.

Apr 27, 2016

As other commenters have mentioned, this installment in the series is not as good as the first couple but if you like the series, you'll probably like it. If you haven't read the others you might be lost in this one. Tons of things from the past are mentioned with little or no explanation e.g. Carl's ex-wife, what happened to him and Hardy, who Hardy even is etc. There was a rather high body count in this one and a large and unrealistic number of female murderers. Also, those females all seemed obsessed by sex and especially sex with one particular man. I think women have very different motivations than men when it comes to murder.

Dec 22, 2015

Not nearly as dark as the previous ones, but just as intriguing figuring out who really did it and what lengths people are willing to go through to get their "perfect" ending. Hints about Carl's and Assad's past abound.

Dec 19, 2015

Not as well crafted as "The Keeper of Lost Causes" nor "The Absent One," but satisfying. Adler-Olsen does flesh out Carl in this one, as there is a plot line involving his cousin and father. He also hints a bit at Assad's prior life. Denouement was a bit disappointing and predictable, but this novel is not without moments of humor or pathos.

Dec 02, 2015

3.5 stars - plot was interesting but a little outlandish. Characters are well developed especially those in Dept Q. The Scandinavians do seem to know how to write dark police novels.

Oct 23, 2015

I enjoyed this latest Department Q book and look forward to the next instalment. Good read!! Enjoyable!!

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at VPL

To Top