The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck....
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening....
A small-time drug dealer is found battered to death on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. A young Dutchman, walking aimlessly in central Oslo covered in blood, is taken into custody....
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren knew that murder cases were never as open-and-shut as this one....
British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany....
Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry....
Riktor doesn’t like the way the policeman comes straight into the house without knocking. He doesn’t like the arrogant way he observes his home.
The policeman doesn’t tell him why he’s there, and Riktor doesn’t ask. Because he knows he’s guilty of a terrible crime. But it turns out that the policeman isn’t looking for a missing person. He is accusing Riktor of something totally unexpected. Riktor doesn’t have a clear conscience, but this is a crime he certainly didn’t commit.
'I like reading death notices I relish them like a sweet'
I found it pretty disturbing being in Viktors head for six and half hours and I think it's going to take a while to flush him out! This novel is written from one point of view, of a man who is fascinated with death, in fact he celebrates it. A lonely man who wants what everyone else has but can't seem to get it, a man who despises weakness and will exploit it mercilessly whenever the opportunity safely arises, a man with his own twisted morals and rules.
Working as a nurse in a home for the elderly he takes pleasure in making the patients life hell, after all they are going to die anyway.
He is accused of a heinous crime even though his own are many he definitely did not do what he is accused of.
What the author concentrates on is Victor himself and his warped psyche, the events that are happening around him become blurred round the edges at times you then find yourself stuck in Viktors head with his thoughts and feelings with no escape... shudder..
It's multi layered and dark, Viktors observations really gave me pause for thought and even though I knew he had an obvious mental disorder I despised him as much at the beginning as I did at the end, he was fascinating though and that is was kept me listening.
Wonderful narration by David Rintoul, I cannot fault it, though was surprised it was an English accent I suppose I was expecting a Norwegian one, this is a minor point.and did not detract from enjoyment well not enjoyment but the very excellent writing, be prepared to feel a little sick.
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Nice twists in this fairly short book.
We know from the start that Riktor is guilty, but when the police turn up to question him he realises that they are asking about something other than what he expects.
His thoughts and actions are what Karin Fossum examines, rather than the police investigation, and it makes for a fascinating book
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