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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Charles Farmingdale 10-19-12
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    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Great story riveting


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    The accents for the characters gave them more personality


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    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

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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 10-14-12
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Mystery Thriller Release in Past 14 Months!"
    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Fresh, Perfect, Exciting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    The frantic conclusion


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final, final scene..sorry I can't spoil it. It says too much about humanity and love.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Glass Key Award Winning Scandinavian Missing Person Thriller


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    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.

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    Peter Titusville, FL, United States 10-08-12
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    "I love department Q"

    Scandinavian police procedurals are the best if you haven't fallen in love with the genre yet give this baby a try.

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    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Davies?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to and will definitly read any sequels written to this story and Department Q.

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    Helen Sonora, CA, United States 10-03-12
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    "Great experience- fantastic plot, fantastic reader"
    What did you love best about The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    The story was just intricate enough - some complexity, but could be followed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this very highly.

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    Galadriel 10-01-12
    Galadriel 10-01-12 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "Okay, but no "Dragon Tatoo"."
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    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.

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    Otto Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-28-12
    Otto Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This one grabbed me and wouldn't let me go!"

    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.

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    Kim Slidell, LA, United States 09-27-12
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    "Loved It."
    Would you listen to The Keeper of Lost Causes again? Why?

    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.


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    Camsyn Northeastern MN, United States 09-23-12
    Camsyn Northeastern MN, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Dark, dark, obsessive revenge"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's kind of a depressing , wierd story, so I would be very careful who I recommending it. better not be too squeamish.


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

    I thought about the "Dragon Tattoo" books, because of the similsr sounding words, dark subject matter, etc, but it is totally different.


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was effective because I was unaware of him, the story was the star.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Some people never forgive, or forget.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book very much.

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    BJ Emerald Isle, NC, United States 09-19-12
    BJ Emerald Isle, NC, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    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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