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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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    William PALMYRA, VIRGINIA, United States 12-11-12
    William PALMYRA, VIRGINIA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "lousy reader"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    nobody


    Would you recommend The Keeper of Lost Causes to your friends? Why or why not?

    no--the reader was so bad I had to quit after a few chapters.


    What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

    nothing


    What character would you cut from The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    none --I thought the story was ok


    Any additional comments?

    the reader had a real hard time with accents

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    Lee Farmington Hills, MI, United States 12-11-12
    Lee Farmington Hills, MI, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A first rate story with a superb narrator"
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    What an enjoyable experience. A well-written book with likeable characters. The plot revolves around the search for a missing person and was well-paced and absorbing. And as good as the story is, the narrator is even better. One of the best I've heard...with an extraordinary handling of the Danish accents. Hope there are more Department Q books to follow.

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    Fran Redwood Valley, CA, United States 12-09-12
    Fran Redwood Valley, CA, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the worst ever"
    Would you try another book from Jussi Adler-Olsen and/or Erik Davies?

    I would not even consider the next book in the Department Q series


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

    I have totally enjoyed the Scandinavian detectives and will continue to read other authors.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Davies?

    The story is so bad, full of cliches, that the bizarre imagined danish accent adds nothing but an element of the ridiculous.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I can't think of a single redeeming element to this book, either the character, the writing, the story or the narration. I've read lots of books on Audible, not all of them great, but rarely ones that are this bad. If I could have given it less than 1 star I would have.


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    Mary McKinney www.successfulacademic.com 12-07-12
    Mary McKinney www.successfulacademic.com 12-07-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Worst Narration Ever"

    The American narrator butchers this book by creating horrid fake Danish accents for the dialogue. He sounds like a sick, slowed-down Arnold Schwarzenegger imitator.
    I also wonder about the translation -- some sentences used words in odd ways and I hope that there are not as many trite phrases in the original. The story was quite good and I liked some of the characters but I wish I had read rather than listened to the book.

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    Sharon Warden, WA, United States 12-06-12
    Sharon Warden, WA, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A great book!"
    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Well crafted thriller


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was riveted - the story twisted, turned, and kept me awake at night.


    Which character – as performed by Erik Davies – was your favorite?

    OMG! His performance was incredible - I couldn't pick just one! His voice ran the range between melodious to harsh depending on the character. I loved Carl Morck!


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

    The Keeper of Lost Causes was so well written it is hard to pick one moment. I chuckled, cried, screamed silently, and enjoyed every moment.


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    WANDA 12-06-12
    WANDA 12-06-12
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    "Good story"

    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
    Kathy Auberry, CA, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Okay, but maybe a little slow"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 11-30-12
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "HORRIBLE NARRATOR"

    Somebody contact the publisher and have this good book re-read by someone else. It would not be so bad if Erik Davies just spoke in his own voice through the whole book but instead he does a terrible early Arnold Schwarzenegger impression when he's voicing the characters. It doesn't even sound the least bit Scandinavian.

    I got through about 2 hours of the book and I can't take anymore. I can't even remember what I read because all I could see in my mind was Arnold.

    The story seems good and gets great reviews from the reading public but for those of us who have to listen or just choose to this narration is unbearable.

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    Susan Bow, NH 11-25-12
    Susan Bow, NH 11-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The Nitty Gritty Pieces"

    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
    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 11-20-12 Member Since 2009
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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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