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
This book kept me interested and as I got deeper into the unfolding story I found myself hooked. A subtle and low key introduction builds nicely into a complex and suspenseful tale. Looking forward to reading more about Department Q. Love the characters and their relationship to each other.
The writing wasn't awesome--for instance, the author gave exposition in dialogue several times, especially at the beginning--but the worst part about this book was the narrator's effort to speak in an accent. Not even sure what country's accent the narrator was going for, but it was distracting. The narrator made a valiant effort but it was just a bad decision. The plot kept me going enough that I tried Adler-Olsen's second book in the series, "The Absent One." In that book the narrator generally uses an English accent (sounds native) and the writing is better. I liked the characters and that's probably what pulled me in.
Narration was excruciating for the first few hours and combined with slow development nearly caused me to write this one off. This is a police procedural for which process and backstory threaten the plot but in the end character development kept my interest.
The narration is terrible: forced, inaccurate, and studded with repeated incorrect pronunciation. A frustrating distraction from the story.
The narration was so distracting that it blunted the suspense.
The use of accents that were inaccurate, pretentious and ever changing.Erik Davies' reading sabotaged the book.
I will not buy the next two books in this series if the same narrator is used.
At first the narrator sounded like Stephen Hawking. About midway through, either I acclimated to his style or he became more comfortable, because I enjoyed the whole story more. Overall, I chose to listen to this book, rather than read it, because I like to do housework while listening to a great story. I really enjoyed this one!
Hard to say. I really liked Carl and Assad. Both characters were developed very well, but there is so much more to learn, particularly about Assad. I also liked Hardy. I am very excited to see where these guys go in the future. This book was made into a movie, and I'm trying to find it online.
Highly recommend. If you liked the Stieg Larsson trilogy, here is another series for you!
Lovable Crabby Detective
Peter Grant series and the Lisbeth Salander books.
Yes. I always started off the books in this series thinking that I don't really like this but Carl Morck totally grows on you. I listened to all 6 books in a row.
I really like Assad and NEED to know his back story!
Taut, suspenseful, humanistic
Unlike other readers, I particularly enjoyed the narration.
Fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed the way Davies weaved in and out of a Danish accent. He also brought a subtle humor to the reading, making an otherwise dark crime story compelling.
Upon completion of this audio book I wanted to immediately order the next in the series but narration makes or breaks an audio story for me. I was very disappointed that Davies is not the narrator of other books in the series so I will not be listening to them. However, Adler-Olsen has me hooked, so I will be reading them on my tablet, hearing Davies rendition in my head!
Edge of my seat...
Couldn't stop listening...
Fabulous story and performance...
Don't miss it...
Best book I've listened to in a couple of years...
The narrator trying to do the characters with accents made it so bland and undistinguishable from character to character it became to easy to drift away from the audio. two hours in I had already backed up several times because I missed portions.
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