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
no I never listen to books twice - as soon as I start the whole book comes back and I get bored
Carl because he is so human, maybe flawed but so real
I haven't but I'll look for him again
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.
Kept me coming back for more, the suspense was good and not predictable.
One of the books I would say was worth the read and I will look for another by this author.
I dont think I would recommend the book, the story is not very engaging
Not really - It was difficult to tell which character he was voicing, made it hard to follow along
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.
interesting main character
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!
He gets every name, word, accent spot on.
Starts slow but reels you in. Weird accents add to the charm
Learning the secret of the bad guys
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.
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.
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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