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
As with all books I listen to, I read the reviews before I bought the book. I was a bit hesitant because it seemed like a majority of reviewers hated the way the narrator did the Danish accents. I found that I didn't mind the Danish accent, though it sounded to me more like some of my friends from Switzerland. But I did have a problem with the Syrian accent he did. It sounded to me like a bad Dracula imitation.
The story was interesting. I didn't hate it, nor did I love it. I enjoyed the book while I was listening to it, but I don't think I'll continue listening to the other books in the series.
I am the Evil Mama
One of the top.
Kept you going
It seems all foreign books I've read lately deal with incest and thankfully this one didn't and changed my mind into wanting more!
This story centered on one of the most interesting methods for murder I've ever encountered, and I've read a lot of suspense novels (not to mention film and TV). It was frightening and memorable. I wish Audible had more from this author (in English translation).
Tell us about yourself! I love to read or listen( audio), nothing abridged ,I want every word the author penned that is what I want.
The beginning of department is a way to keep this policemen out of the way .the precinct is given money for the start up of this department Q for cold cases. They start the department but they failed to take into account the officer they have put in charge,at first his plan is to just sit around and do nothing but a cast of surrounding character refuse to let him rot . They peek his interest in a cold case and he is off and running causing trouble up stairs even tho his office is in the basement . He is given a man whose job it is to keep the basement clean but he turns out to be more than just a janitor he has deductive powers we don't know anything about him he himself is a mystery .Once you pick this book up you won't want to put it down until the end. Oh Yeah it's the beginning of a trilogy,can't wait to read books two and three.
I would listen to this book again. It had a decent number of twists and turns that made the story interesting, however towards the end it did get a little long winded.
The most interesting aspect was the type of case that was being investigated. Can't say much more than that without giving it away! The least interesting part was how it ended. It ended well enough just very abruptly and after a long drawn out series of events.
I liked Asaad (sp?!?) Erik gave him a life that I think would have fit with the written book very well.
I did have an extreme reaction to this book. There was one particular instance where I gasped because I was so shocked as to what was going on. It was great!
This book was good, and I would definitely listen to it again. It seemed to drag on towards the end so be prepared to kind of zone out for a little bit. I wish that it hadn't ended so abruptly, however since this book is part of a series I can understand why it ended the way it did. It seemed as though the writer wrote out one book, and then decided to make it into two. Even after saying that though I am very interested to see what happens in the book(s) to come!
Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.
That's my guide - plain and simple. Does it hook me pretty soon? Do I get excited at the thought of taking it up again? This one did it for me - I kept thinking - find her! Find her! If I'm that into it - it's usually pretty good. Isn't that what you want in a good mystery?
This is a good story with interesting characters.
Why impose a Norwegian accent - especially with what sounds like a Southern drawl - when using English??? The narrator's delivery was as disconcerting as that of the Cockney accented Englishman's delivery of the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.
This is one of the best mysteries I have listened to in a long time. It is the kind of story that you find yourself thinking about even when you aren't listening. In the beginning I felt a bit confused about the character's names, but after a bit I was able to keep them straight. And what interesting characters they are! The reader does an amazing job, using a Danish accent for the characters and then switching for the narration. It is truly an intriguing story that I would recommend to any mystery fans. I had to make myself turn off the ipod so I would listen it all up!
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