If you like graphic descriptions of torture, this is the book for you. The sections in which the victim is isolated for months in captivity are so painful, I have trouble understanding why this book was published. I listened to it more than six months ago, and I don't remember the detective parts at all. It is only the horrible torture scenes that remain with me, and that should warn you off.
Thanks to one of the reviewers that I follow I finally decided to take a chance on starting this series and I'm so glad I did! It has a flawed detective similar to the Harry Hole books but without the graphic violence. I very much like the lead detective and his unlikely assistant.
I did notice lots of reviewers had unkind things to say about the narrator. Personally, I didn't find him offensive, I've listened to lots worse.
I look forward to book #2 no matter who the narrator is.
A very good story, now the second in the Department Q books to which I've listened through Audible. BUT OMG!!! The bad Danish accents assumed by Erik Davies! Please please please forego the 'verisimilitude' of speaking in the version of English that might be spoken by someone whose mother tongue was the author's! Just read/perform the story with your regular accent. Had I not already listened to another book by a different narrator, one who did not assume bad fake accents, I would have returned this one. I will not sit through another of this ilk. But the story was good and the characters compelling.
The narrative arc and structure of this (Dept Q book 1) is a little too much like that of the other (book 3) to which I also listened, so I am hoping that Adler-Olsen has other plot lines up his sleeve for book 2, which I'll try next.
Highly recommend keeper of lost causes. Had me hooked from the very start. Thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the narration. Didn't want the book to end but couldn't stop either!
Not the best narration or translation, but the story itself is a solid introduction into Department Q. Reader Erik Davies gamely employs a passable Danish accent to the dialog, but I often found it distracting. Perhaps it's the translation of the original novel, but I also grew weary of the ham-fisted Americanized swearing throughout the story.
That said, the Department Q series — including "Keeper" — offers thrilling plots and deep insights into the work of crime detection while providing a host of vivid, likeable characters. Especially well crafted are the climactic moments that threaten to snap at any moment, yet hold your attention for page after glorious page.
If you're an Audible-listening dog walker as I am, prepare for a few extra trips around the block. In-car listeners should remember to turn the car off once in the driveway. Idling for long periods is bad for the engine and environment.
Mid 40's. Single father raising two daughters. Texan
the narrator's performance of accents was good, however, it often made characters sound the same. however it was a good story and Erik Davies did a fine job.
After reading the reviews I started this book with the prejudice that the narration was bad. And in the beginning I agreed, but by a quarter of the way through, I no longer felt that way. Keep listening! This has a fantastic storyline and I loved the relationship between the detectives. I was totally swept away by the story and wouldn't have minded if Oscar the Grouch had been narrating.
I've had this on my favorites list for a while. The plot kept me coming back for more. I can't wait to start book 2 in the series.
Nurse, Mother, Wife... Happy!
I enjoyed listening to this book very much.
I love the two characters that make up Department Q. They are so different from one another, it's comical. The plot was fantastic. Writing/translation superb. Excited to read the next installment.