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
Beautifully written with interjections of humor amidst a dark storyline . Highly recommend this author and they are making a film about Book 1
I live in syracuse Utah, not Florida.
I thought it was a great book. I liked the story, the characters and narration.
i like to read. i like to listen.
i'm really into this series. i like the members of department q, and their allies and enemies. obviously a larger story is at play here with both Carl's and Assad's pasts, and i can't wait to see them uncovered. i love the interactions between these two, and the of course i love the investigations of cold cases....my type of stories.
this second showing wasn't as good as the first, but from what i've read this so far is the weakest of all of the installments -- and it was still pretty good. i'm a fan of department q.
the narrator was absolutely the wrong choice for this novel. it was very difficult to listen to him do these voices, especially Assad...but i got through it, and the book was good despite his narration. probably a fine narrator for other stories, just not this one.
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
This audio book was fantastic from beginning to end. Narrator is highly skilled and there was never an uninteresting moment. I Dont even usually buy books that have to be read with an accent .
No criticism towards the reader, but a heavy Nordic accent would be more appropriate for this series.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
If you liked the first Dept. Q book, you will like this one. The characters working with Carl are more finely drawn, and the "bad guys" part of the story is completely engaging.
I strongly recommend. GO IN ORDER.
Books are for dreaming with eyes wide open.
This is my new favorite series! Absolutely different and exciting. I devoured this book in less than 2 days! Could not stop listening. Last night I ended up going to bed at 2 am because it was so good & today I called in sick for the better half of the morning just to finish it. I'm downloading the next one! Characterization was on point and the story was twisted and dark.
I have to agree with the other reviewers on the new narrator. I had to restart three times to get accustomed to the British accent. It was off putting. The story was compelling and eventually I became comfortable with the narration. It's not the narrator - it's the choice of using British accents for Danish characters. I'm sure this is no problem for British listeners. 😬
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.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.