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
The plot was very intriguing and thought out. Well developed characters. I had a hard time putting it down-- kept listening way into the night when I should have gone to bed.
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes to mind-- similar pacing and twists and turns keeping the reader interested and guessing what was coming up
The narrator was okay, but I thought his pace was a little slow, especially when he was using Danish words. It took a long time to get used to this slower cadence.
I am happy I got to know the main character in this first book of the series. I look forward to reading the next one.
This wasn't the worst I've listened to but it's close. The story had promise until the plot unraveled. Example that you can write about anything; but is it worth listening to.
The narrator has a great voice and did a fair job with the accent; however I find the talent of a good narrator is to portray each character and this didn't happen. Everyone sounded the same and flat to boot.
Pass on this one.
I enjoyed the story and narration but not quite in the same league as Nesbo in my opinion. But I very much look forward to next book on series
I'm thankful I finished, but it was work for a long time. Layered is the description most fitting. There is depth to the characters, a mystery with complexity, and a chilling third act that makes for a satisfying payoff. Still, the book is slow to get going. I would recommend for those fans of the genre, but not as a first step into the Norwegian thriller world.
Avid reader of intellectual detective procedurals, thrillers, suspense novels and detailed dramatic fiction.
I am hooked on department Q. Great read with diabolical plot!
The evolution of the story/plot.
I had a little trouble at the beginning distinguishing characters, as the narrator used all his energy on the accents, however he improved and he was consistent which helped. The story itself was excellent and unexpected which I relish. I hate being able to guess what happens next. I'm going to try another book by the author and I'll recommend this one to my friends.
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.
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.
The characters not well defined by narration and accent. Syrian black ops guy stole the show.
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