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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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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 02-06-12

ditto

I try to not repeat the content of other reviews; also I don???t usually review books that I haven???t completely finished. HOWEVER! The narration in this is so annoying, I feel I need to continue the refrain warning listeners away.

I've listened to this narrator in other books, mostly non fiction, and he was quite competent; so whoever was responsible for the direction of the audiobook also made questionable calls about how the characters were to be delivered in those atrocious and distracting accents.

I think? this is a good mystery -- The three stars for the story is arbritary: I can't concentrate on the story enough to decide if I would download a version by another narrator or try a print copy. Usually I can grow accustomed to odd narration styles and eventually get into a novel -- but so far am unable to with this one---not worth the annoyance!

50 of 68 people found this review helpful

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Great story, awful narration

The story is gripping and enjoyable, and not predictable nor totally unbelievable. However, the narration significantly detracted from my enjoyment of this book. The narrator portrayed each character as if they were speaking in English with a heavy Dutch or other accent. Thus, each character speaks very slowly and deliberately. This was a continual distraction.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Mediocre story, terrible narrator

This may have been a great mystery, but I honestly wouldn't know because the narrator's attempt at a Danish accent was so bad that I could hardly concentrate. But either way, I could zone out for minutes at a time and was still able to keep up with this slow-paced, predictable book. I will avoid this author and ESPECIALLY this narrator from now on.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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loved the story

Hated the narration. All the characters sounded like a bad Arnold Schwarzenegger impression but the story was riveting.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great start to the series

What's a historical romance reader like me doing binge reading detective fiction? I discovered Adrian McKinty, Stuart Neville, and Tana French and their Irish noir. I devoured those - mostly in audio format (awesome narrators!) - and from there I was directed to Adler-Olsen. And I'm glad.

This book gives us a flawed character who almost everyone can relate to. Relegated to a make-work kind of job to "keep him out of sight" basically, Carl and his assistant actually make the small Department Q work and they investigate a cold case of the disappearance of a politician. It took me a little while to get into the swing of things but from then on it was great!

The narration was quite good. I honestly don't know how accurate the Danish accents were but each character was a bit different.

I'm glad there are more books in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Moody and powerful

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Superb book!
For me, there are three legs to the stool of a great read: engaging characters, intriguing plot and realistic action. Realistic action can apply even in fantasy books; the author just isn't allowed to cheat by drawing a camel standing in the kitchen with no explanation.

Jussi Adler-Olsen weaves all requirements flawlessly. The protagonist and his main associate drew me in and, even at the end of the book, I want to know more and more about them. The characters, even the crazy ones, behave in a believable way and the plot had be up until ALL hours of the night, 'cause I just couldn't stop listening. Erik Davies did a wonderful job as narrator, bringing each character to life and (a pet peeve of mine) handling the accents beautifully.

As I am fairly squeamish, I appreciate a warning when a book includes particularly violent or cruel scenes. There is no gore in the book at all (no sex or language either, for those of you who care); there are some disturbing scenes but nothing over my own personal line of tolerance.

I finished this book over a week ago and am still thinking about it. I can't wait for my next listen by this author and narrator. HIGHLY recommended.

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 11-27-16

Great story, plot, and I didn't mind the narrator

I really liked this story, and the characters are 3-D - I especially love the assistant brought into the story line. The author is very observant of people and uses that ability to full effect.

The reviews I read before buying this book were often disparaging of the narrator's accent. I did see their point, however, I didn't mind it so much. The narrator did an excellent job of conveying emotion and humor at the right times.

The story itself is brilliant.

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  • Beth Anne
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 03-27-16

you'll become a fan of Department Q

this is the kind of well written, fast paced, thrilling novel i love. you've got your grumpy Nordic anti-hero cop who'd got a "past" that haunts him, and an attitude that doesn't help him...but that you end up loving him anyway. the crime was well thought out and scary as hell...even if the criminals were clunky, they were still menacing.

i'll definitely be reading the rest of the Department Q series...

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  • W. Brooks
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 09-26-15

Good enough, but rough in places

I chose this book after seeing the raves for the last one, so far, in the series, which was just released. (4.6 rating from about 300 reviews n clearly people like it!) I figured before reading it, I should read Book 1 to see how it all started. It was very slow getting going. I was a good 8 to 10 chapters in before the heart of the story started to take over the narrative. I think, though, in hindsight that it was time well spent. The characters were well on their way to being developed. That's one reason I had decided to start with Book 1.

There were places where I seemed to have missed something, but I don't know how. They were mostly small things so it didn't get in way on the story - too much.

I also had read in some of the reviews that some people didn't like the narrator. I thought the narrator was terrific. I know a bad narrator can destroy an otherwise good book. Believe me, that's not the case here.

I've now downloaded the most recent book in the series. I have high hopes that it will be an awesome listen.

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  • SM
  • 04-29-15

PLEASE STOP THIS FAKE DANISH ACCENT

Good story completely marred by horrible Danish fake accent. It is just difficult to concentrate because of this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful