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
Anyone with a puerile third grade mentality.
Complete and utter disappointment in both the author and an audience which approves of it.
I seldom write a review of a book. For this one, I honestly cannot see how anyone with a logical or even passing rational mind can find anything in this work except predictability or unbelievable actions and dialogue. The author does not possess even a basic understanding of the weapons which play so central a role in the story. The author describes a crossbow with a draw of 200lbs being cocked by hand as if it were of little effort. A .22 is supposed to have shattered a hip bone in two. A hand grenade (which are apparently as common as acorns in Denmark) is supposed to have completely destroyed a concrete building and dismembered several people... Just as unlikely are the character interactions and the ridiculous dialogue. One character breakfasts daily on 4 chicken hearts brought to him by a smiling Somali woman. 4 chicken hearts would be roughly 2-3 oz of meat. This is almost a caricature of a psychopath... as if a B movie character were writing about one. It was an effort just to get through this without giving up. There is nothing positive I can say of this except that it is done.
The misanthropic detective Carl Morck and his "assistant" Assad once again stumble into a high profile case despite the best efforts of his chief to bury the department. Filled with great characters, drama and action, and touches of humor this book was a great listen.
i am really enjoying this series, especially the imperfect main characters. I liked the narrator and would listen to him for other books but agree with others that it jarring given the performance in the first book. Purchasing the next one today.
I like Carl. I like Assad. Rose is kinda funny. But this story just got a little too weird and started to come unhinged... I hope the next story is better because I used my last credits for these two books!!!
Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule
This wasn't as good as the 1st in the series, but very good none the less... This is quickly becoming one of my favorite mystery series thanks to a superb new writer on the scene... The cold case theme has become popular, and perhaps overdone, but this series is one of the outstanding examples of the trope... The narration is magnificent and will not disappoint...
Steven Pacey's rendition is so much better than the first book.
Carl is my favorite because he's such a damn grump but it's a shell that has been developed over the years.
Made the characters so much more real!
It is up there for certain. Really like Assad (not sure if spelled correctly since I was listening and not reading print). Can't wait til we find out more about his past
Well any detective novel. Most of the good ones are about flawed detectives and how their past influences how they work a case or even which cases they deem important.
Spoiler Alert - when Kimmie accomplishes her task.
WOW good question. WHERE IS NORDIC PETA WHEN YOU NEED THEM!
Although Kimmie was 'a bad person' she had so many evils done to her that you still rooted for her to get justice.
For simply incredible prose and superb fiction check out the Louise Penny novels featuring Chief Inspector Gamache.
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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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.
Well-crafted, never boring. You don't have to wait for the good parts.
Excellent narrator. I will look for him again.
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