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The Keeper of Lost Causes Audiobook

The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

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

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    brian 05-04-16 Member Since 2014

    Mid 40's. Single father raising two daughters. Texan

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    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.

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    After reading the reviews I started this book with the prejudice that the narration was bad. And in the beginning I agreed, but by a quarter of the way through, I no longer felt that way. Keep listening! This has a fantastic storyline and I loved the relationship between the detectives. I was totally swept away by the story and wouldn't have minded if Oscar the Grouch had been narrating.

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    "I just added a new author to my list."

    I've had this on my favorites list for a while. The plot kept me coming back for more. I can't wait to start book 2 in the series.

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    christina Camano Island, WA, United States 04-11-16
    christina Camano Island, WA, United States 04-11-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Couldn't put it down"

    I enjoyed listening to this book very much.
    I love the two characters that make up Department Q. They are so different from one another, it's comical. The plot was fantastic. Writing/translation superb. Excited to read the next installment.

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    "I'm hooked from just the first book."
    Where does The Keeper of Lost Causes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 20. I'm falling for thrillers from Northern Europe. This series and Larsson have me looking for more.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was constantly trying to find the motive and killers, and then at the climax could not figure the ending like I can with most novels of this type.


    Have you listened to any of Erik Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. He grew on me to the point I was let down tat e doesn't do book two. Others made fun of his "Schwarzenegger" accent was not bad. I think it fit perfectly.


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    "Great Story, Excellent Narrator"
    What did you love best about The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    I'm a die-hard fan of detective stories, with a new love for Scandinavian ones, and this story is a winner. The mystery itself grabbed my attention from the first and then there were the characters - a story unto themselves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the narrator was just super and Carl, Assad and Rose and the interaction among them was believable and witty, as well. I cannot wait to follow these people in the next Carl Morck stories.


    What does Erik Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator sounds exactly like my Danish friends and colleagues - he made the characters really come alive for me.


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    "wonderful book."

    loved it wonderfully suspenseful never expected it to end as it did. will finish the series.

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    Donna Peabody, MA, United States 03-12-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Blown away!"

    What a thriller/mystery treat! Loved it. Bought the next 3 right away. So happy to find this series!

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    Bruce Goddard 03-08-16 Member Since 2012

    I live in the Catskills and I enjoy listening to audiobooks, particularly when I am working around the farm. Fiction works best for me. Reality is overrated.

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    Great road trip book and no way will you get sleepy listening to this edge of the seat cop thriller. It made the miles go by effortlessly and my wife was totally caught up in spite of herself.

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