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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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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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    Lisa A. Stone Indpls, IN United States 12-24-12
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    What made the experience of listening to The Keeper of Lost Causes the most enjoyable?

    The authenticity of the voices was wonderful. The story was very compelling and really kept my interest throughout the book.


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

    The discovery of what happened to each of the characters. This is a story of the theory of unintended consequences taken to the extreme.


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    His voices were wonderful. Loved his accents!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely!


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    I liked this book so much that I promptly ordered the next one in the series and have recommended it to others!

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    Betty Houston, TX, United States 12-20-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Keeper of Lost Causes to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely -- due to the fabulous narration.


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    One of the best audiobooks I've read/listened to in a long time. Narrator was wonderful, making all the characters come alive. Plot was so interesting and characters so compelling -- I can't say enough good things about it. I usually listen to these books in spurts in the car or on a plane, but this one was so good I couldn't wait until my next trip to find out what happened, so listened to the last hour or so at home.

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    Kathy Scottsdale, AZ, United States 12-19-12
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    This is my favorite book so far and I've listened to about 20 books. It kept my attention the whole time, always full of action and intrigue.


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    Found Assad, Karl, his boss & Hoddy interesting characters. Look forward to following them in the series.

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    Kathy Auberry, CA, United States 12-02-12
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    Just seemed a little slow, and then by the end almost a little unbelievable in solution. I really enjoy story telling, but this seemed to move pretty slowly. And probably the more disappointing aspect was that I just could not connect with any of the characters. I pretty much read uncomplicated fiction, so having one or two characters that I can care about keeps me engaged. Others may find the characters more typical of real life...?


    If you’ve listened to books by Jussi Adler-Olsen before, how does this one compare?

    Have not....this was my first. Not convinced I would go for a second, but I might.


    Was The Keeper of Lost Causes worth the listening time?

    Yes, since I commute, this made for a different read, so to that extent it was good.


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    Susan Bow, NH 11-25-12
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    The book was interesting and engaging. I enjoyed following the main detective as he pieced together clues to the cold case's conclusion and resolution. The narration was good and I especially liked the character Assad with his unique and homey contributions to the police department. Overall, I recommend the book.

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    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 11-20-12
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    "Very enjoyable"

    In a crazy developed by the Millennium series of books, this Danish crime series fits right in. Even though Siteg Larsson was Swedish not Danish, I found the pacing and tone of this book to be very similar.

    This book features a reluctant hero seemingly trudging through his time on the police force after a traumatic event. An opportunity arises, for he that he originally sees as a dodge to escape work and notice.

    Slowly the character along with his supporting cast begin to unwind the mystery around a kidnapped female MP.

    The book kept me listening often well into when I really should have been doing other things because I wanted to know what would happen next.

    If you enjoy a good crime thriller, I would suggest giving this first book in a series a try.

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

    Trying to figure out how the detectives could possibly come across the victim


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    excellent


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    bring on more of the same

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    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Great story riveting


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    The accents for the characters gave them more personality


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    The characters are flawed but believable. The listener is bound to like all of the and care for what happens. As the story develops it is difficult to stop listening

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    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Fresh, Perfect, Exciting


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

    The frantic conclusion


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final, final scene..sorry I can't spoil it. It says too much about humanity and love.


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

    Glass Key Award Winning Scandinavian Missing Person Thriller


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    This is a very artful novel that transcends the genre of the modern thriller mystery. This book is fast-paced and constantly engaging. The storyline is so creatively fresh and new. For fans of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, this is something even better. I am stunned at how fresh and creative this novel is. It is a book that you will long remember and treasure the experience of listening to Danish accented narration that brings the locale names into perfect pronounciation and adds to the atomosphere. It has an internal parallel contruction that reveals the plot's progress from different eyes which makes the story much more complex, rich in characterization and engaging. The ending is thrilling beyond description. The author creates characters of immense depth and enigma. This novel won the coveted Glass Key Award that recognizes the best of Scandinavian mystery novels. So you are talking about that kind of novel.

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