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
Great story riveting
The accents for the characters gave them more personality
The characters are flawed but believable. The listener is bound to like all of the and care for what happens. As the story develops it is difficult to stop listening
Fresh, Perfect, Exciting
The frantic conclusion
The final, final scene..sorry I can't spoil it. It says too much about humanity and love.
Glass Key Award Winning Scandinavian Missing Person Thriller
This is a very artful novel that transcends the genre of the modern thriller mystery. This book is fast-paced and constantly engaging. The storyline is so creatively fresh and new. For fans of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, this is something even better. I am stunned at how fresh and creative this novel is. It is a book that you will long remember and treasure the experience of listening to Danish accented narration that brings the locale names into perfect pronounciation and adds to the atomosphere. It has an internal parallel contruction that reveals the plot's progress from different eyes which makes the story much more complex, rich in characterization and engaging. The ending is thrilling beyond description. The author creates characters of immense depth and enigma. This novel won the coveted Glass Key Award that recognizes the best of Scandinavian mystery novels. So you are talking about that kind of novel.
Scandinavian police procedurals are the best if you haven't fallen in love with the genre yet give this baby a try.
The story was quite suspensful and I did not guess what was going on until the author gave me all the facts. It did bring to mind the "Dragon Tattoo" series but maybe just because the story was set in Denmark and so similar to Swedish culture. The characters were quite likable and I look forward to learning more about them.
I do not have a good ear for accents...so the narration was good until the characters spoke with Danish accents. Then it was difficult for me to understand. However, the story was so good that I would listen to sequels to this book anyway.
I actually did cry at one point in the story. The descriptions were so intense that I was able to completely identify with the character.
I look forward to and will definitly read any sequels written to this story and Department Q.
The story was just intricate enough - some complexity, but could be followed.
Marvelous characters. They were very different and all seemed quite real. The plot was very involving, even gripping. It kept drawing me back to it.
He has a tremendous ability to do various accents and inflections and both genders. Excellent timing and phrasing. He added much to it while, at the same time, remaining in the background himself.
The specifics escape me now, but it had to do with the main detective observing a little girl, and his assessment and reaction to the situation.
I'd recommend this very highly.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
This book does have its moments, but I must agree with other reviewers who had problems with the reading. When Davies simply tells the story, he's not bad if a bit dreary, but his use of the Danish (sounded awfully German or Austrian to me) accent drains the dialogue of all color, flattening every line into the same singsong rhythm and making the characters nearly indistinguishable from one another. It doesn't help that the villains are one-dimensionally villainous and the overall plot pretty implausible. The best moments for me had to do with the changing survival strategies of the victim, who was by far the most interesting and sympathetic character.
I might give tis author another shot if another reader was used.
Perhaps what impressed me most was the narrator's dialect, which was quite pleasing and helped to place the reader within the scene. While the villain and story were hardly credible, the other characters were very well described and quite believable. I liked the book and was looking forward to the next one. While Book 2 is now available on Audible, it didn't have Erik Davies as the narrator, and the narrator in the sample audio is too annoying for me.
I will listen to this book again. It was a very different kind of mystery- I couldn't wait to get back to it each time.
It's kind of a depressing , wierd story, so I would be very careful who I recommending it. better not be too squeamish.
I thought about the "Dragon Tattoo" books, because of the similsr sounding words, dark subject matter, etc, but it is totally different.
The narrator was effective because I was unaware of him, the story was the star.
Some people never forgive, or forget.
I liked the book very much.
Good, fun story with interesting and original characters. i hope to read more of Mork (spell?). Not as depressing as some Nordic writers. the only fault was the Danish accent assumed by the reader. If they are all conversing in Danish, why would they have an accent? The setting, names and places are enough to give the foreign flavor.
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