Jussi Adler-Olsen is a Danish author of Scandinavian crime fiction. He is best known in English-speaking countries for his Department Q series. His novels have been sold in 36 countries around the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Russia, The Netherlands, Japan, Germany and China. He was the most popular author in Germany in the year 2011, despite not being German.

Jussi Adler-Olsen became a published author in 1985 with a non-fiction book on Groucho Marx. His first foray into fiction was Alfabethuset (The Alphabet House) in 1997. His first novel to be published in English was Mercy (UK)/The Keeper of Lost Causes (US). Below is a list of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s books in order of when they were originally released:

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Publication Order of Department Q Books

The Keeper of Lost Causes / Mercy (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Absent One / Disgrace (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Conspiracy of Faith / Redemption / Flaskepost fra P (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Purity of Vengeance / Guilt / Journal 64 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Marco Effect / Buried / Marco Effekten (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Hanging Girl (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Scarred Woman (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Victim 2117 (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Shadow Murders (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Locked In (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Alphabet House (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Takeover (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Washington Decree (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Notes: Mercy was also published as The Keeper of Lost Causes. Disgrace is also known as The Absent One. A Conspiracy of Faith was published as Redemption in the UK. The Purity of Vengeance is also known as Contempt in the UK. The Marco Effect was also published as Buried.

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Jussi Adler-Olsen Synopses: In The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen, British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence reports that the Nazis are building new factories that could change the momentum of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know the Nazis won’t let them live. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they hitch a ride on a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

In a moment of desperation, they toss two patients off the train and take their places, hoping they can escape later. But their act is too convincing and they end up in the Alphabet House, a mental hospital located far behind enemy lines, where German doctors subject their patients to daily rounds of shock treatments and experimental drugs. The pilots’ only hope of making it out alive is to feign insanity until the war ends, but their friendship and courage are put to the ultimate test when James and Bryan realize they aren’t the only ones in the Alphabet House acting insane.

The Washington Decree is a standalone novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Sixteen years before Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen was elected President of the United States, a PR stunt brought together five very different people: fourteen-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers, small-town sheriff T. Perkins, single mother Rosalie Lee, well-known journalist John Bugatti, and the teenage son of a Jansen employee, Wesley Barefoot. Despite their differences, the five remain bonded by their experiences together and devotion to their candidate.

For Doggie, who worked the campaign trail with Wesley, Jansen’s election is a personal victory: a job in the White House, proof to her Republican father that she was right to support someone from the opposite party, and the rise of an intelligent, clear-headed leader who shares her ideals. But the triumph doesn’t last long: Jansen’s pregnant wife is assassinated on election night, and the alleged mastermind behind the shooting is none other than Doggie’s own father.

When Jansen ascends to the White House, he is a changed man, determined to end gun violence by any means necessary. Rights are taken away as quickly as weapons. International travel becomes impossible. Checkpoints and roadblocks destroy infrastructure. The media is censored. Militias declare civil war on the government. The country is in chaos, and Jansen’s former friends each find themselves fighting a completely different battle, for themselves, their rights, their country… and, for Doggie, her father’s life – as he may still be innocent.

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10 Responses to “Order of Jussi Adler-Olsen Books”

  1. Beverley Hatcher: 2 years ago

    I love this series about Department Q. I’ve read them all so far and I’m looking forward to the next one. The Scarred Woman is my favourite. As well as being an excellent mystery novel, the final pages brought me to tears. An emotional journey as the characters continue to grow and we learn more about their past.


  2. Pete williams: 3 years ago

    Who knew what lies beneath the surface?
    I visited copenhagen some fifty years ago- seemed such a warm, friendly city
    I know Herr Adler-olsen’s works are fiction, but ….
    I never had the chance to return to denmark but ‘hearing’ the street names and districts in my mind made the areas around Rørholmsgade, and the family i stayed with, the Rasmussens, live again.
    Thank you, Jussi.


  3. Kaliope R: 5 years ago

    Recently came across the Dept Q series and although I wasn’t hooked by the first book I persevered through English version audio books and I am now hooked!! I am waiting to listen to the Scarred Woman and I am that there is only one more book after this and its coming out next year! Mr Adler-Olsen, I am a fan.


  4. Ilge Coxey: 7 years ago

    I absolutely love Department Q, and am reading every book of Jussi Adler Olsen!


  5. Brenda K. Webster: 8 years ago

    More Department Q books, please!!!


  6. Fiona Caton-Jones: 8 years ago

    I thought nothing could ever beat the fantastic journeys we’ve taken with Carl and his motley crew–that is, until “The Alphabet House.”
    Am still 10 chapters from the end of AH, which I take in daily morsels due to long distance walking, but it’s by turns harrowing, nail-biting and yet another study JAO style on the depravity of man that he so skillfully can show us with his tales. (And I’m a sucker for a great WW2 tale, anyway).
    Have gone through 5 with Carl and Co., have been waiting for eons for The Hanging Girl in the hold queue at the local library. We need more JAO! More Carl and his cohorts!
    And just when we finally got a big clue (blink and you’ll miss is) into the way Assad made his way to Denmark, (it’s either depressingly dismaying or heart warming, it could go either way) in The Marco Effect, the hold queue seems painfully long now for THG.
    As we read on, hope JAO is hard at work on more more more.


  7. CAdawn: 8 years ago

    I’m so glad I found Jo Nesbo and Jussi Adler-Olsen. Love the Dept. Q characters. Another good new author (to me) is Olen Steinhauer with his character Milo Weaver. All great reads.


  8. kate sarginson: 9 years ago

    Terrific books that I just stumbled over last year. Absolutely first class.
    Now I have three friends hooked on Dept Q. The secretary is a hoot. You never know ‘who’ is coming in to work on what day. The ‘janitor’ is very mysterious and I am looking forward to finding out more of his back story.


  9. Coriolanus41: 9 years ago

    There’s no doubt that most of the best current crime fiction is coming from Scandinavia, and Jussi Adler-Olsen is right in the forefront. I’ve so far read the first two of the Department Q series, and am about to begin the third. He certainly has a feeling for the darker side of human nature, but he is able to balance that with a wonderful, sardonic wit. Looking forward to getting hold of the film based on The Absent One – the film version of The Keeper Of Lost Causes was excellent.


  10. Mick Walsh: 10 years ago

    Crazy good Nordic crime fiction. The protagonist Carl Morck and fellow basement dwellers of Department Q, the inscrutable Assad and the, what’s the opposite of inscrutable, scrutable?, Rose, make for a wonderfully disparate crew solving cold cases. If you loved stieg, worship nesbo, and miss mankell’s wallander, these books fill the void.


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