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.
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The characters were well developed and the story line was good. The ending was unrealistic and too pat.
This is the first one I've read. Though I thought the ending was unrealistic, I will probably try another book by this author.
Finally a new series I can sink my teeth into. Love the relationship between Carl and his assistant. Story was well done. Looking forward to next one.
Other novels I have most enjoyed were, of course, Stieg Larssen, David Downing, and Hakan Nesser. Thank you Jussi for providing more great listening.
No but he does a great job. My favorite is Simon Vance from Stieg Larsson. Craved more from Mr. Larsson. The world lost a great author when he died.
Yes, in fact I did. I listened to it the first time a couple of years ago and just completed it again.
The character Assad, he is a wonderful addition to the story. Assad keeps it light and fun while all the while an ace detective.
I liked it, he did a wonderful job with all of the accents.
I was surprised there were no other reviews so felt it deserved my input.
Anxiously awaiting another book in the Q Department series, love the main characters and certainly enjoyed the laughs they unwittingly provided. I purchased the first one and quickly bought and downloaded the rest of the series. I spend my credits sparingly but this entire series exceeded my expectations. Credits well spent!
I found the story a good one. I did not find the premise to be plausible though I see some reviewers did not. The writing style was fine. Nothing special but straightforward.
The protagonist is as the Audible blurb says, “deeply flawed.” I second that. He isn’t a drunk as many detectives are. I was going to call him a sociopath, but checking the traits of sociopaths (sometime charming, delusional), he isn’t that. I think antisocial fits the bill. He doesn’t like anyone. He is rude. He is lazy and irresponsible for the first half of the book. As the book nears its end, he improves a bit, but he really isn’t the least bit likeable.
I give the narrator a rating of 4. Overall, he is excellent. The one downside is that the Danish accents he affects makes is hard to distinguish one character from another. One reviewer suggests simply using the narrator’s native English. Still, the Danish accent does give the English listener a Danish ambience, which is nice.
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First time author, another in what seems to be a growing list of good Scandinavian crime writers. I read Swedish, Norwegian, and now this author from Denmark. They all seem to be very creative and imaginative and this was no different. The author came up with a great plot with many twists and turns, some evil people doing particularly nasty things. The protagonist, Carl Morck, was put in charge of a department all by himself and sent to the basement basically to have him out of the way and gave him the responsibility of investigating crimes that hadn't been solved and had basically been given up on. Cold cases so to speak but more than just unsolved murders, unsolved crimes of any king. The first one he works keeps you on the edge of your seat and is a true page turner. I highly recommend it. It's the first in a series.
I've not finished this book. That said, the narration is irritating. I don't need characters to speak in accents. I really don't need, or want, Danish characters to sound like Arnold Schwarzenegger. He's from somewhere else. I loved book 3, Conspiracy of Faith. Will take more than faith to get through this one.
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The publisher's summary for this book is right on.
Mork is the only detective to return to work after a catastrophic crime scene investigation. The department's intention to bury him and his plans to coast along doing as little as possible seem compatible and plausible.
However, very soon, things start to draw him and the listener into the politics of managing the new Department Q, the arrival of an odd assistant, Mork's unwanted expert suggestions on a current murder case, the investigation of the crime that destroyed his team, and a cold case.
The book draws you in and has frequent new twists. Throughout, the cold case is shown as a history of the old crime and its current status. In addition, of course, the main characters are introduced and their histories are slowly revealed. I enjoyed the continuous addition of new information on all the story lines and the neat conclusions at the end. I plan to move on to the next book in the series soon.
I found Erik Davies' narration more than adequate. There are a variety of characters, male and female, more than one nationality, and different personalities to portray. He was consistent with his portrayals and was neither too emotional or flat in his performance.
The story pulled me in, but then I didn't like the main character, for whom we were supposed to have some sympathy. I felt the narrator did a fine job, but wished he hadn't done the dialogue using a Danish accent. I have no idea whether or not that was a decent Danish accent; it didn't matter to me, frankly. It knocked me completely out of the "fictive dream" every time a character spoke. Why should the narrative prose and dialogue have different accents? To remind us this is Denmark? We know that. Just read it in one voice, one way, with as little distraction as necessary. As to the writing, it was all right. I prefer a well-written literary mystery, but those are hard to find. In this case, though, the story itself was far-fetched and clunky. Not a favorite.
Yes, this book was entertaining and had my brain working for most of it. It offers good mystery and plot development. Also, I could listen to it as I drove or worked.
The main detective was the most rational and relatable character, given his situation in the book. He was likable, but as the reader/listener I could see ways for him to grow/develop in the next books.
His voice for many of the female characters was a bit too husky/masculine, so it wasn't always obvious when they were talking vs the men in the scenes. He should have softened his tone for those. He did a great job with the Swedish accent and pronunciation (I thought) and I really liked his enunciation, tone, and pauses for certain statements in the book - it added a profoundness.
Yes, the starts would be difficult to cast. The main detective should be a hardened, rugged man though,
This was a good read (listen), but parts of the book weren't relatable. It was difficult to get a sense of the imprisoned woman's perception of time, because her situation was only touched on at lengthy intervals. Also, certain details seemed to not be linked to the rest of the story, which left a feeling of loose ends that wouldn't be addressed. Overall, the author does a good job of setting up the characters for a sequel, and the book was gripping and a bit creepy. Good read!
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