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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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    Maryellen Kissimmee, FL, United States 08-14-12
    Maryellen Kissimmee, FL, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2003

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    "Very GOOD Read"

    If you read Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo series you will enjoy this book. Good story and mystery could not stop listening. Looking forward tomore books from this author. Erik Davies was very good in his read of this book. I liked the accents inflicted in reading.

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    hazel Kilworthy, Ontario, Canada 08-14-12
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    This audio book was interesting, moved along well and (if reading it in print) could be called a "page turner". The main characters are credible and the narration by Erik Davies is simply awesome!

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    What did you love best about The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    I eventually liked the unraveling of the story from different timelines and view points.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was slow starting and took a while to get to used to but by the end I couldnt stop listening.


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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 08-10-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to The Keeper of Lost Causes again? Why?

    No once is enoug, liked it


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

    Yes several unepected twist and turns different police work than our cops


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

    Karl of course but he did all of them well a great reader


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it would have been nice but time limited


    Any additional comments?

    OK we now know and like the characters so when is the NEXT book??We would like more

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    VAreader Charlottesville, VA, United States 07-05-12
    VAreader Charlottesville, VA, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A test of your listening stamina..."
    What was most disappointing about Jussi Adler-Olsen’s story?

    The hopelessly implausible plot


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

    Really irritating attempts at Danish accents. Rather amusing in a perverse way at first, then they just begin to grate.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in both the story and narrator


    Any additional comments?

    The lead characters were actually quite interesting and had great potential for development - but this was simply undermined by the implausibility of the plot and the decision to go for ridiculous Danish accents

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Buckeye, AZ, USA 06-23-12
    Anne Buckeye, AZ, USA 06-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Looking forward to the rest of this series"
    Where does The Keeper of Lost Causes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's near the top of my audiobooks list


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

    So many angles, kept you wondering


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    Decent but understandable accent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes it was


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    Kathy California, United States 05-26-12
    Kathy California, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Compelling--but..."

    I couldn't stop listening...but I really didn't buy the villains' level of hatred/revenge. I know they were psychopaths but even psychopaths need to have twisted logic that hangs together.

    I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Raindance FOX CHASE MANOR, PA, United States 01-31-12
    Raindance FOX CHASE MANOR, PA, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to The Keeper of Lost Causes again? Why?

    This is a great listen. Erik Davies does a fabulous job. His performance enhances the story and actually helps the listener follow what starts as a convoluted story due to time shifts. Once the story gets going, it's a corker. Mr. Davies easily conveys to the listener the emotions of the characters as well as the general tone of the book. This is a book you will want to listen to again. Knowing the conclusion of the story does not take away from the fun of getting there with this recording.

    In the story, the protagonist, Carl, has survived a police shoot-out that leaves his partners dead and maimed. He is filled with guilt and seems to accept his promotion/demotion to the basement as a punishment he deserves. He is given the job of presiding over forgotten cases which have gone ice cold. With the help of Assad, the mysterious Syrian who is assigned to clean the office, Carl sets out to solve the case of the missing politician. Along the way, he seeks the help of his newly paralyzed partner and the brain damaged brother of the politician.


    What other book might you compare The Keeper of Lost Causes to and why?

    LIstening to this book compares with listening to Smilla's Sense of Snow or Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close in that the reader takes a compelling story and adds color and twinkle that the printed word itself may not have. The performance becomes a key part to enjoyment of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    A purchase of this audiobook should be downloaded on its own card. You will want to listen to it again and it should be easy to find when that time comes.

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    Robin LAKE WAUKOMIS, MO, United States 10-22-11
    Robin LAKE WAUKOMIS, MO, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2001
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    Subtle differences in outlook are interesting, good setup for on-going series. I am looking forward to more of these.

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    June 10-06-11
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    While I found the imprisonment of the politician unlikely it was a minor if sometimes poignant underpinning.

    Loved the detective and his erstwhile assistant and their basement command centre. For me this was a good 'read'.

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