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The Keeper of Lost Causes Audiobook

The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

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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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    This is my second time listening to this book and I enjoyed it as much as the first time. It's an incredible story of how far bitterness can take a human being; while exposing that within all that darkness lies hope and miracles.

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    Q Suzy Orange County, CA 04-14-15
    Q Suzy Orange County, CA 04-14-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Gruesome but Compelling"

    Well written book. I think this book was probably easier to follow in the audible format than it would have been in the written form, due to the Danish names and locations. The narrator did an excellent job. The main two characters I the book are flawed but likable. I will definitely be reading the other books in the Q series.

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    Yvonne BAYVILLE, NEW YORK, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Was not a lost cause to listen to this book."

    The characters not well defined by narration and accent. Syrian black ops guy stole the show.

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    Katherine Barton Dundee, IL USA 02-11-15
    Katherine Barton Dundee, IL USA 02-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Totally engrossing!"

    Fascinating plot, great complicated characters and well written. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves a good story that is impossible to put down.

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    Listened to 5 hours of this and just can not get into this one. The narration is crazy and to me makes the story hard to follow. Going to have to return this.

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    carol Alpine, UT, United States 01-15-15
    carol Alpine, UT, United States 01-15-15 Member Since 2014

    Clean books please

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    "Language....Please!!!!"
    What disappointed you about The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    I couldn't settle in and listen to this story because the language and level of sexual references overshadowed the writing


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    T. arens Portland, ME 01-13-15
    T. arens Portland, ME 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "overall a great read"

    a little slow to start, but hang in there as the story really gets moving about a quarter of the way in. I thought the accents from the narrator were a bit off at first sou,ding a bit like a Dane that learned English with a southern accent. after a while he got better and I didn't notice it by the end. liked the story enough to download the,second book in series. I am a fan of crime/suspense/mystery books and this was an enjoyable story

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    Richard 12-26-14
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    "Hoping for Stieg Larsson but not here"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes slow books with a poorly devised plot and story line.


    Has The Keeper of Lost Causes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No...I love the genre.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Erik Davies?

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    I bought it to try and find another author in this genre. The ratings made me "think" this could be a good book. It was just a disappointment. The main character is suck a buffoon that I could have no empathy for him in anyway. He's one of those characters that you wish disappears and someone with 100 times more competence appears (so that he's a normal person)

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    Rondie 11-26-14
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    "very entertaining, lots of twists and turns."

    I really liked the reader, the characters were quite distinct. Intriguing story line, the resolution is one you won't guess

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