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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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Absolutely amazing story!!

Jussi Adler-Olsen has just become. one of my favorite crime writers. This fist Department Q novel blew me away. And Erik Davies' narration was top notch.

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Great story

Looking now for next book in series. I loved the antihero character of Karl and hope to learn more about Assad's history.

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Torture porn

If you like graphic descriptions of torture, this is the book for you. The sections in which the victim is isolated for months in captivity are so painful, I have trouble understanding why this book was published. I listened to it more than six months ago, and I don't remember the detective parts at all. It is only the horrible torture scenes that remain with me, and that should warn you off.

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  • 07-21-16

Gruesome & misogynistic story saved by great performance

Are men really as sexist as this book makes it sound? (Answer: no, but you wouldn't know if from this book.) Every woman is reduced to her appearance, even the one on whom the entire story hinges.

I would have bailed early on, had it not been for the excellent performance by the narrator, Erik Davies.

Even if you think all women should be judged by their breast size and availability for sex, you still might not like this. It's pacey enough, but the rationale for the crime, and the nature of the crime, are too far-fetched.

Shame because Jussi has a pacey writing style. Maybe next time, the female characters will be actual people rather than plot devices with boobs, and the plot will be more believable.

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Decent story, painful fake Danish accents

A very good story, now the second in the Department Q books to which I've listened through Audible. BUT OMG!!! The bad Danish accents assumed by Erik Davies! Please please please forego the 'verisimilitude' of speaking in the version of English that might be spoken by someone whose mother tongue was the author's! Just read/perform the story with your regular accent. Had I not already listened to another book by a different narrator, one who did not assume bad fake accents, I would have returned this one. I will not sit through another of this ilk. But the story was good and the characters compelling.

The narrative arc and structure of this (Dept Q book 1) is a little too much like that of the other (book 3) to which I also listened, so I am hoping that Adler-Olsen has other plot lines up his sleeve for book 2, which I'll try next.

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Loved it

Highly recommend keeper of lost causes. Had me hooked from the very start. Thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the narration. Didn't want the book to end but couldn't stop either!

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Solid story, but suffers a little from narration.

Not the best narration or translation, but the story itself is a solid introduction into Department Q. Reader Erik Davies gamely employs a passable Danish accent to the dialog, but I often found it distracting. Perhaps it's the translation of the original novel, but I also grew weary of the ham-fisted Americanized swearing throughout the story.

That said, the Department Q series — including "Keeper" — offers thrilling plots and deep insights into the work of crime detection while providing a host of vivid, likeable characters. Especially well crafted are the climactic moments that threaten to snap at any moment, yet hold your attention for page after glorious page.

If you're an Audible-listening dog walker as I am, prepare for a few extra trips around the block. In-car listeners should remember to turn the car off once in the driveway. Idling for long periods is bad for the engine and environment.

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Keep Listening

Overall this series is fantastic, but I almost abandoned it because the narration of the 1st book was so problematic for me. The narrator was good, but spoke with a mixture of American & (presumably) Danish accents which was a bad choice IMO. Thankfully I kept going because it gets much better. Very compelling characters, good stories. Just keep listening.

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Gripping

Great story with engaging characters. Ratcheted up the tension and simply would not let go. Great read.

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good story

the narrator's performance of accents was good, however, it often made characters sound the same. however it was a good story and Erik Davies did a fine job.