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The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1 | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.
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Publisher's Summary

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the best-seller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award - also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, we're thrilled to introduce him to America.

The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck, who used to be a good homicide detective-one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself.

So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects. But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she's dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he's wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process. Because she isn't dead....yet.

©2011 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2011 Penguin

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    Robert E. Cockram 09-08-12
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    "better than the girl with the dragon tatoo"
    Would you listen to The Keeper of Lost Causes again? Why?

    no I never listen to books twice - as soon as I start the whole book comes back and I get bored


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carl because he is so human, maybe flawed but so real


    Have you listened to any of Erik Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but I'll look for him again


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when Lassa reveal his reasoning and plan...you get a sense of the true psychopath and how limitless their evil realy is...it is like seeing the result of a narcissitic wound and appreciating what truly self involved people are capable of.


    Any additional comments?

    More please.

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    Darla Grants Pass, OR, United States 09-06-12
    Darla Grants Pass, OR, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2007
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    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Kept me coming back for more, the suspense was good and not predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the books I would say was worth the read and I will look for another by this author.

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    T. Welch 09-05-12
    T. Welch 09-05-12
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I dont think I would recommend the book, the story is not very engaging


    Did Erik Davies do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really - It was difficult to tell which character he was voicing, made it hard to follow along


    Did The Keeper of Lost Causes inspire you to do anything?

    no


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    G. R. Edmonson 09-04-12

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    "Pretty good murder mystery"

    The story was well read with names and name places properly pronounced making the listener more present as the story unfolds. Although it starts slowly once you are drawn in the storyline is compelling. Some parts of the book, probably intended as character development for the protagonist, are mostly background noise or filler, such as the antics of the annoying teenager. Overall worthwhile. Would I buy a sequel? Probably not.

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    Jill Great Bend, KS, United States 09-03-12
    Jill Great Bend, KS, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    interesting main character


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The place of the story, few books I have read are set in Denmark. The story itself was a bit much in one way......not to spoil the plot but I did find myself saying oh really!


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    He gets every name, word, accent spot on.


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

    Cruel Danes


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    hans hawrysz Cambridge, ma United States 09-03-12
    hans hawrysz Cambridge, ma United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sets a deep hook"
    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Starts slow but reels you in. Weird accents add to the charm


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    Learning the secret of the bad guys


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    lori 09-03-12
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    I enjoyed the book.i was a bit confused at first but then I just started it over,and it stared to make sense.

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    varda GULPH MILLS, PA, United States 09-03-12
    varda GULPH MILLS, PA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "the reader is tedious"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no, i am sorry. the authentic (to my ears, at least) accents of the characters in the book are very tedious for the listener. It would have been nice for one minor character to be characterized by his foreign accent. but the whole book?!! this is insane. I am still listening only because the story is interesting, otherwise i would have stopped already. actually, i am even contemplating buying the kindle edition and stop listening.


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    Lisa 09-01-12
    Lisa 09-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Since when did Denmark move to Austria?"

    I loved the story, but the narrator's accent sounded like Arnold Swarchenegger. I'm sorry, but I have friends who are Danish and their accent doesn't sound like that. The Stieg Larsson books were SO much easier to listen to. I listen while I drive, and I found that I had to replay sections just so that I could grasp the meaning. The names were difficult to follow, particularly because of the Austrian pronunciation. Next time I'll read it myself.

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    Ray Cedar Park, TX, United States 08-31-12
    Ray Cedar Park, TX, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you listen to The Keeper of Lost Causes again? Why?

    There's always a little lost when you're not familiar with the landmarks referenced, and look up the exchange rate for a krone to dollar before starting. It's a little predicatable at the end but a good read nonetheless.


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