Department Q

14 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 17,303 ratings

The Keeper of Lost Causes 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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  • Book 1

    • The Keeper of Lost Causes

    • Department Q, Book 1
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Erik Davies
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,375
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,916
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,899

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller 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, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

    • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Mercy

    • Department Q, Book 1
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic Crime Thriller From Denmark

    • By G Matt on 06-03-14

    Regular price: $25.59

  • Book 2

    • The Absent One

    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,568
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • New favorite author

    • By JAB on 09-25-12

    Regular price: $33.60

    • Disgrace

    • Department Q, Book 2
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    Kimmie’s home is on the streets of Copenhagen. To live she must steal. She has learned to avoid the police and never to stay in one place for long. But now others are trying to find her. And they won’t rest until she has stopped moving - for good. Detective Carl of Department Q, the cold cases division, has received a file concerning the brutal murder of a brother and sister 20 years earlier. A group of boarding school students were the suspects at the time - until one of their numbers confessed and was convicted.

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  • Book 3

    • A Conspiracy of Faith

    • Department Q, Book 3
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Police Work, Clever and Witty

    • By Charles Atkinson on 02-26-14

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Redemption

    • Department Q, Book 3
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s sensational new thriller, read by the actor Steven Pacey. Two boys, brothers, wake tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Their kidnapper has gone, but soon he will return. Their bonds are inescapable. But there is a bottle and tar to seal it. Paper and a splinter for writing; blood for ink. A message begging for help. In Copenhagen’s cold cases division Carl Morck has received a bottle. It holds an old and decayed message, written in blood.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Wrong Book!?!?

    • By Peter on 08-13-13

    Regular price: $25.59

  • Book 4

    • Guilt

    • Department Q, Book 4
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 118

    Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian crime thriller.1987. Nete Rosen thought she'd put her traumatic youth behind her. Her caring foster parents and loving husband helped her start again. However, when a man from her past reappears one night, Nete's new life could be shattered.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This is the Book "The Purity of Vengeance" Renamed

    • By Craig on 03-01-14

    Regular price: $25.59

    • The Purity of Vengeance

    • A Department Q Novel
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,095
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,860
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love the Department Q series!

    • By Lynne F on 01-03-14

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 5

    • The Marco Effect

    • Department Q, Book 5
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745

    All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So Well Written, So Well Narrated

    • By Bob on 09-15-14

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Buried

    • Department Q, Book 5
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Buried, the fifth installment of the Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen, read by Steven Pacey. More than three years ago, a civil servant vanished after returning from a work trip to Africa. Though he is missing and presumed dead, the man's family still want answers. It is one of the many unsolved crimes left for Department Q, Denmark's cold-case unit headed up by Detective Carl Morck.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Be Forewarned....

    • By judith on 03-25-15

    Regular price: $25.59

  • Book 6

    • The Hanging Girl

    • A Department Q Novel
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909

    In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant, Rose, more furious than usual.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gasp! This is marvelous!

    • By Ted on 11-21-16

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Hanging Girl

    • Department Q, Book 6
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    In the middle of a hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive at first, but then he receives some shocking news. Carl then has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious 17-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Nicole on 04-13-17

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 7

    • The Scarred Woman

    • Department Q, Book 7
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    The international number one best seller returns with his most captivating and suspenseful novel yet - perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. In a Copenhagen park, the body of an elderly woman is discovered. Though the case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide from over a decade ago, the police cannot find any connection between the two victims. Across town a group of young women are being hunted down. The attacks seem random, but could these acts of violence be related?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • How a great narrator can ruin a good book

    • By Sonja Mudig on 06-03-18

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Scarred Woman

    • Department Q, Book 7
    • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,084
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

    Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Oh Rose....<br />

    • By Midwesterner on 10-05-17

    Regular price: $31.50