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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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Wow! What a great detective story!

I was in a funk because I had completed all of the Pendergast series. I was in need of another detective to satiate my hunger for unique detective stories. I enjoy the Robert Galbraith (Rowling) Cormoron Strike new series, same type of twists and turns. Most of the characters sound like versions of Arnold Schwarzenegger but that's ok, it was in English and you got the feeling of being in Denmark. Great first book. Ready to download the next book!

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  • susan
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  • 03-03-16

Narrator was really blew it!

Would you try another book from Jussi Adler-Olsen and/or Erik Davies?

Adler-Olsen has developed characters that I am attached to. But please do not have Davies narrate.

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

Graeme Malcom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Superb

A stellar hit for action mystery fans. I had to pay attention but worth the effort!

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  • Amy
  • Memphis
  • 02-05-16

Loved it!

After pouring through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series I kept trying to find another series that would captivate me as much. It has taken awhile but so glad I found the Department Q series.
It is dark and witty and will keep you listening. I usually listen while I am working in my studio, but with this book I found myself listening every chance I got right up till the last minute!
The narrator was great and the author does a great job of revealing just enough about the main characters to keep you curious.

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excellent 'read'!

at first I had a hard time with the names only because it's based in danish - but after a few chapters it grew on me & I had to marathon this book!

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Ok, but never captured me

I think this one would have been better as a hard copy because of the slightly awkward and non inspiring performance by the narrator

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Accents are a bit to get used to

Great story and performance! The various Danish accents were a lot to bend my ear too. At first some characters sounded like an old Arnold Schwarzenegger impression from snl, but the story is excellent, so I ignored as best I could.

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Wooden Translation

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Have someone else translate it.

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

Finishing it.

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

It is difficult to separate the stilted language of the book from the performance.

Do you think The Keeper of Lost Causes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

I can only think the translation of this book is bad. I cannot believe that original Danish is as colorless as the translation. It sounds as though it was translated using Google.

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Hooked me from the start.

What did you love best about The Keeper of Lost Causes?

The mix of the three main characters.

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

I loved him. I know I'm in a minority, maybe of one, but I like the accented English.

Any additional comments?

At first, I was put off by the grisly and long scenes of torture and wasn't sure I would continue with the series. Happily for me, I kept at it and this oddly addictive series has surpassed Nesbo as my favorite Scandinavian crime writer. Carl, Assad and Rose each have a rich backstory. "Sidekicks" are often one or two dimensional, but Adler-Olsen has written Rose and Assad as full-fleshed characters. I've read all the Dept Q books and can't wait for the next one.

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Another Great Character

Character probably matters the most to me, above plot, setting and style. This is a great one! The narrator gave me a good sense of being in Denmark, but he didn't distinguish between the various Danish characters as well as I would hope.

WELL Worth it!