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 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.
Where does an author come up with such terrible characters? Not one sympathetic character but Assad. The storyline was so dark and sad. I'm embarrassed I listened to the book although the narration was superb.
Give a brother a vote.....lol
Only Jussi can tell you the answer in the beginning of the book and keep you on the edge of your seat.
I'm new to this genre so I don't have anything to compare it with.
I love the relationships between Carl and the gang!
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.
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