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The Absent One | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

The Absent One

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....
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Publisher's Summary

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects - part of a group of privileged boarding-school students - confessed and was convicted.

But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren’t the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried... as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head.

Every bit as pulse-pounding as the book that launched the series, The Absent One delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world's premier thriller writers.

©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Tim San Jose, Costa Rica 03-10-14
    Tim San Jose, Costa Rica 03-10-14 Member Since 2015

    For simply incredible prose and superb fiction check out the Louise Penny novels featuring Chief Inspector Gamache.

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    "I made a big mistake..."

    While some readers complained about the narrator, I think the real problem was choosing a British narrator to interpret a Danish detective. Makes no sense, and didn't work well. That was the producer's fault. The reader was fine, but with all the fine alternative readers, Pacey was a crummy and distracting choice.

    My big mistake was reading this book after recently reading the Louise Penny novels... All eight of them! She may arguably be the finest living author of the modern detective genre and frankly, this author is not close.

    This is a C level book. Not sorry I read it... But I am not at all motivated to buy another. I also found the interaction between the protagonist and his "staff of 2" to be just weird. His staff were far better detectives than the detective who, quite frankly, detected little.

    In fact, I could not connect with Merck at any level, neither professionally nor personally. Found him to be boring and not overly bright. Hard to build a series around that.

    Still, as you can see, my three star rating is in the minority, so give the book a try and if you agree with my analysis, you'll know to consider my other reviews when you see them.

    But if you REALLY want something special, check out Inspector Gamache by Louise Perry.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-09-14
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    This is my second book by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen and it was great, in a genre I really like, crime thrillers. This thought keeps coming to me that the Scandanavians are really coming on as authors as Adler-Olsen is about the fifth I've come acreoss recently that I've really enjoyed. Adler-Olsen seems to have a real macabre imagination in coming up with his plots. I'd hate to think these kinds of people really do exist but, who knows, maybe they do. This one was built around the idea of a group of rich preppies forming a gang while in school in the 80's where their motivational theme came from the movie "A Clockwork Orange". The gang came to the attention of Dept Q, who works cold cases in Denmark. Carl Moerk is the detective at the head of Q and he and his team of two work the case and intereact with each other and those around them in a way that is very entertaining. Adler-Olsen does a good job of developing the story and characters. I'm already looking forward to book 3 in the series.

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    Patricia Portland, OR, United States 01-13-14
    Patricia Portland, OR, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Very, very good!!!"
    What did you love best about The Absent One?

    Well-crafted, never boring. You don't have to wait for the good parts.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent narrator. I will look for him again.


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    Lori Riley Pittsburgh 11-24-13
    Lori Riley Pittsburgh 11-24-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great story, why a different narrator?"
    If you could sum up The Absent One in three words, what would they be?

    The characters are fabulous. You can't help but love Carl Morck and his assistant, Assad.


    What three words best describe Steven Pacey’s performance?

    Not Erik Davies. I don't want to complain about Steven Pacey... he's a talented narrator with lots of range in his reading. However, after listening to "The Keeper of Lost Causes" narrated by Erik Davies, it was jolting to hear a different voice. Yes, that's how good Erik Davies' reading was.
    So, please bring Erik Davies back with his excellent understanding of Adler-Olsen's humor, as well as his Danish accent and wide range of other accents.
    No disrespect to Steven Pacey, but there is a certain cadence to stories, and you get used to how a person sounds. I was comfortable with Carl Morck's voice as portrayed by Davies. But, Davies really gets the book and all of its subtle cleverness.


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    Bokworm 11-03-13
    Bokworm 11-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I love this author!"

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is a great author for suspense, intrigue and unbelievable gruesomeness. I've read several of his books. This was a bit more disturbing than some. I love how intelligent Jussi's books are. Smart. Characters are both serious and funny. The narrator did a fine job switching roles.

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    Linda Jay, NY, USA 09-28-13
    Linda Jay, NY, USA 09-28-13
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    "Not a series that improves for me"

    The first of this series is a really fascinating book, somewhat surreal but also touching and human. The reader uses a scandinavian accent at times, and an american one at others; it worked. The next two have degenerated. I'm not sure if its the sneering BBC uppercrust voice that the new narrator gives the lead character, the fawning and almost racist portrayal of Assad, or the writer. But I'm out of love with these books.

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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-24-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Don't tell Morck NOT to do something!"

    A closed cold case lands on the top of the pile at Department Q. Much effort is put forth to get Morck to leave it alone which makes him more interested. This pursuit leads to even more, seemingly unrelated, cold cases. The story is engaging, the threads are eventually woven together, and Department Q triumphs again.

    More is revealed about Morck's personal life, his unusual assistant, and a secretary joins them,

    The narration is well done and the overall listen is enjoyable.

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    Ann Buffalo, NY, United States 09-15-13
    Ann Buffalo, NY, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator almost ruined the book"
    What did you love best about The Absent One?

    Story was great, but narrator turned Karl and Assad ( or as narrator called him ASSad) into whining, generally unappealing characters..totally unlike the characters in Keeper of Lost Causes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Pacey’s performances?

    No


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    DOCBOB Los Angeles, CA USA 09-10-13
    DOCBOB Los Angeles, CA USA 09-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Cant Get Past the Ridiculous Performance"
    How could the performance have been better?

    I listened to the first book with rapt attention. I could not get enough of it. It was authentic and Danish. The Narrator did a phenomenal job with Danish accents. This one was awful. The narrator gives Danes cockney accents complete with dropped "h" and f/th substitutions.. I had listened to hours of Ah-sahd...gotten to know him as that....now it's Ass-add. . . Or Marcus Jacobson as Marcus YAH - cobson...now its YAK-obson. And that's just the beginning. I kept losing the story in the strangeness of Danish names pronounced with British accent.


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    Andrew Powder Springs, GA, United States 08-01-13
    Andrew Powder Springs, GA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Cockney!!!???"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Absent One to be better than the print version?

    No, and the reason why is the narrator. I have no idea what people from Denmark sound like. I assume they sound similar to those from the rest of Scandinavia and am fully capable of inventing some accent that sounds appropriate in my head while I read. With a Narrator this is not possible. You are subjected to the brilliance of the person who selected a narrator with a wretched British accent to read a Danish novel..... Why??? It makes as much sense as hiring a veterinarian to fix the brakes on your car......


    What did you like best about this story?

    The background humor that goes on amidst such a dark mystery is great. You are intrigued, amused, entertained and disgusted all at the same time.


    What three words best describe Steven Pacey’s performance?

    His performance is not bad it is just misplaced. He should be reading Dickens not Adler-Olsen


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It is full of ups and downs. If you enjoyed the first one you will love this one as well


    Any additional comments?

    You can get through the narration....it's bearable, ok, all but the Whores voice is bearable. the story is great you will be thoroughly entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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