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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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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 08-01-13
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb Scandinavian Thriller"

    This is the first in a series by this most talented Danish author. I loved the police characters. You have a remorseless criminal and a breath-taking race to the end. No author I know of can write such thrilling conclusions. I quickly read all three in the series and found each one better. Author is a Glass Key award winner. His thrillers are fresh, atmospheric and loaded with good humor and quirky characters. So good!

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    Rolwin San Jose, CA, United States 06-03-13
    Rolwin San Jose, CA, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Carries Steig Larsson's mantle forward"
    Where does The Absent One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The upper end of the middle third


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absent One?

    Threading between the past and present.


    What didn’t you like about Steven Pacey’s performance?

    Use of a British accent to narrate a Danish writer's work badly hurt this book for me. Erik Davies who did the first book was excellent with the Danish accent and I looked forward to this second book. I don't know why the audio publisher made such a regressive change.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hunters becoming hunted.


    Any additional comments?

    Please request audio publisher to re-record the audiobook with Erik Davies.

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    Marsha Pauma Valley, CA, United States 05-27-13
    Marsha Pauma Valley, CA, United States 05-27-13
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    "The Absent One Carries On"

    Like the previous book "The Keeper of Lost Causes", I really liked the characters and the story, BUT the narrator's version of Assad is JARRING. My take on him was that in the previous book he was from Syria, a more brooding, sophisticated and intelligent person accidently in a lower-level police janitor job, whose misunderstanding of the idioms of his new home makes his verbal outbursts humorous. Steven Pacey makes him sound like someone who is funny because he doesn't get it...a person who could not be effective on his own... not the same thing... I hope the new book has a narrator that doesn't distract the story and the interaction between Morck and by giving Assad a silly sounding dialogue...
    I listen to it in spite of how it sounds, though...

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    Deanna Westerville, Oh, United States 04-12-13
    Deanna Westerville, Oh, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Wrong Narrator"

    The first book in this series was narrated beautifully which gave a great sense of place. This one has such a British accent that I felt I was listening to Harry Potter.

    Please bring back the 1st narrator for the next book in the series!

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    Mike O'Hara 03-30-13
    Mike O'Hara 03-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, bad narration"
    If you could sum up The Absent One in three words, what would they be?

    Well written, intricate plot


    What did you like best about this story?

    Variety of characters.


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

    Yes, if it was a British story with British characters.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the first Q novel, "The Keeper of Lost Causes", I fell in love with the characters and the Danish accents. The narrator of "The Absent One" not only changes the voices and accents, but changes the nature of the characters. For example, Assad turns from a smart, curious and ambitious assistant to an obnoxious, babbling idiot. Similarly, the main character Carl goes from thoughtful and somewhat composed to very excitable and somewhat hot headed. Other characters similarly are made to be more bombastic than their original presentation. Overall, this narration ruined the novel for me.

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    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 03-27-13
    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 03-27-13

    I am the Evil Mama

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    "I LOVE Department Q and can't wait for next one!"

    I read the very first book and was totally hooked on Department Q and Detective Carl or is it Karl and especially his middle-eastern sidekick Assi (?) What a great story and great quips! Love the author! Keeps you guessing right up to the end!

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    Margaret 03-26-13
    Margaret 03-26-13
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    "Adler-Olsen my new favorite Nordic crime writer!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Absent One to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narration is simply that good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Carl Mørck is a great character. He is not AS flawed as many of the detectives in other Nordic crime series. I would call him a less messy Harry Hole (Jo Nesbo).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any time Mørck interacts with his co-workers. He's hysterical.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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    Odile Plainfield, NH, United States 03-08-13
    Odile Plainfield, NH, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    I very much enjoy this new series. Excellent writing and great characters. Performer was also good.

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    Dorothy Newburgh, NY, United States 03-04-13
    Dorothy Newburgh, NY, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! I love to read or listen( audio), nothing abridged ,I want every word the author penned that is what I want.

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    "Buckle your seat-belts your in for a bumpy ride"

    We meet Carl and his cast of characters in Keeper of Lost Causes he has just solved a cold case that had many road blocks from outside as well as inside the precinct ,never the less he gets the job done. In this new case we get a new character who is just as quirky as the janitor but equally as good in doing her job . They are up and running on a new cold case that involves the upper crust many twists and turns , very edge of your seat action and again you won't want to put this book down until the last page. I can't wait for book three .

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    C. Green San Luis Obispo, CA United States 02-10-13
    C. Green San Luis Obispo, CA United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyed the book, did not like the narration"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I think Jussi Adler-Olsen writes an interesting thriller. Gritty and witty at the same time. The first book of Dept Q, The Keeper of Lost Causes, had me fully engaged. The narrator was perfect in that he mixed English with the Danish pronunciation and character voices wonderfully. With The Absent One, the British narrator was never believeable as Carl Morck. I really had a tough time with it until half way through the book I just had to get over it, but never fully like it.


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

    Yes, if he were narrating a British novel. He has a great voice for an audible book, he just needs to be in an appropriate venue.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next in the series. I so miss Steig Larsson.

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