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 characters. unusual storyline. managed to avoid most of the stereotypes of this genre. kept me engaged
Clean books please
I couldn't settle in and listen to this story because the language and level of sexual references overshadowed the writing
a little slow to start, but hang in there as the story really gets moving about a quarter of the way in. I thought the accents from the narrator were a bit off at first sou,ding a bit like a Dane that learned English with a southern accent. after a while he got better and I didn't notice it by the end. liked the story enough to download the,second book in series. I am a fan of crime/suspense/mystery books and this was an enjoyable story
Someone who likes slow books with a poorly devised plot and story line.
No...I love the genre.
I bought it to try and find another author in this genre. The ratings made me "think" this could be a good book. It was just a disappointment. The main character is suck a buffoon that I could have no empathy for him in anyway. He's one of those characters that you wish disappears and someone with 100 times more competence appears (so that he's a normal person)
I originally began reading this book and just put it away. After reading some of his other books I came back to this book and I am so glad I did.
The story is a keeper!
When he realizes who done it!
He brings life to the characters.
YES! Initially I hated it and later got further into it and found it was an excellent read.
My Initial dislike of the narrator's monotone almost caused me to quit listening. I am glad I did not. I thoughly enjoyed the story, the characters and story line are well developed, and there are multiple areas available for expansion in the series. Looking forward to thge next book, and have my fingers crossed that Audible gets distribution rights for "Guilt" before I reach that point in the series.
Very suspenseful and the story was well written, but it wasn't a story that I enjoyed or liked. The reader was awesome. However, I will try Dept. Q book 2, to see if that story is more to my liking.
maybe. Story is interesting, characters are well developped. So it is a still good past-time book.
If you only want the thriller from a crime noval, not demanding more substrance from a book, then it is for you.
Comparing to The Purity of Vengeance, this book lacks big picture. For example, Purity of Vengeance did pinpoint a dark part of Danish history in the back drop, and showed us the consequences of this part of historical event. Also comparing to his scandinavian peers like Stig Larsson, and Henning Mankell, who always stage their books under certain bigger social problems (e.g., neo nazi, attitudes towards immigrants, cold war etc), this book is "thin" in that it is just a well written crime novel.
The reader is good, but maybe can reduce some breath-ness. I loved that he can master the accents tho.
The story is a great listen. The reading is a bit slow, but once you get into the rhythm it works well and the accents of speakers are consistently played.
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