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
I was immediately disappointed when I didn't hear Eric Davies reading this second in Adler-Olsen's Q series. Whatever his background, Davies was perfect! I also missed the interplay between the protagonist and Assad, his under-appreciated right-hand man. Not sure if I'll pursue this series.
Frustrated with sign ons between audible & amazon. Trying both over and over on ipads full pc, plus laptop. Never accepts characters fed up
Probably improves, but not for me. Language i can listen for short bursts but way too much F bombs for me. Some of the voices (high squeaky pit ch) to me is chalk on a blackboard.
I enjoyed 1st and was looking forward to continue all of series. Now i will take into consideration other books first.
There is so much in this story. I love the main characters and the continuing story line. This particular book really reached me emotionally the author did an awesome job with the characters and the events you could really feel emotions and depth
I enjoyed the story, but not as much as the first. The two main problems were the awful British translation, which, coupled with the performance, detracted from the "Danishness" of the book and the often preachy, cliché class commentary.
I was so disappointed with the use of an English reader for the second installment of a story set in Copenhagen. The person who did the initial reading in The Keeper of Lost Causes was so perfect, and while this second talent was ok, I really found it grating to have characters using Cockney accents in parts of the story.
It wasn't as good as the first, but still a good read.
Author devotes much of the book to the workings of a group of sickies "inspired" by A Clockwork Orange. There is no mystery for the reader, just crosscutting between the gradual unfolding of the sordid violent backstory converging in parallel with the detectives' eventual arrival at its gory climax. So too much graphic content for my sensibility (I skipped a whole lot of it in the end). But I did enjoy following the development of Department Q.
I really enjoyed his first book, even though the story itself was a bit unbelievable. This second book was just a little too outlandish for me so I never bought into the story. I liked it enough to give it 4 stars, mostly because the characters are pretty well developed and likable.
The narrator does not understand the difference between middle eastern accent and Indian accent. Nor does he understand the difference between British and Danish accent. Graeme Malcolm's narration is WAY better.
The book is ok for a pass time, as the plot is very expected. Its social significance is also weak comparing to his other work.
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