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The Keeper of Lost Causes (2007)

by Jussi Adler-Olsen, Jussi Adler-Olsen

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Series: Department Q (1)

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this was an incredibly fast read for me, for a book of this size and content. (to be fair, i was rushed to finish it, but never thought i had a chance to read a book this thick and full of so much stuff in less than 24 hours.) at the very beginning - just the first few pages, not counting the prologue, which is short and tight - i thought the writing was a bit clunky, but thought it might just be the translation. the rest of the book i felt was well done. i liked the way it developed and it really kept me interested as it alternated between points of view and time period. i think it's an excellent start to a series that i'd be happy to continue reading, even while i didn't love (or hate) any of the characters. everyone is well drawn enough, with an arc that makes progress in this book and that i assume continues to develop in the next books. this is a very good first book. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Sep 23, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book. It had humour and mystery. I will look for more Department Q books. Carl Mork is a detective that is abrasive and not well liked. Returning from a medical leave where one partner is killed and another left paralyzed after an investigation gone bad, his supervisor puts him in charge of the new division called Department Q. Carl and his assistant Assad, solve a cold case. Who is Assad? We might find out more in the next book. Fun to read, definitely peaked my intere
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  Carlathelibrarian | Aug 18, 2015 |
Amazing work. Loved the array of characters and locale. My ancestral homeland. ( )
  Donura1 | May 5, 2015 |
I really want to give this book five stars. It is one of those books that pulls the reader in and and makes him reluctant to close the cover when the last page has been read. The characters are delightful. Carl Mørck is a deputy detective superintendent who has just returned to duty after recovering from a shooting which cost one partner his life and left the other paralyzed. The n antisocial Mørck is promoted to a dingy office in the basement, where his only assignment is to read and work unsolved cases. His only staff is Hafez el-Assad, a janitor who has recently immigrated from Syria and clearly aspires to do more for Carl than mop up. The relationship between Carl and Assad is one of the most entertaining that I have read in fifty years of reading crime fiction.

The crime itself is a brutal one involving kidnapping and torture that is truly painful to imagine. The problem with the book is a minor one but it still prevents me giving it the five stars I'd like to give it is that the mystery isn't all that mysterious. Even so, I still enjoyed the book a lot and will be quick to read more books in the Department Q series. I'm also looking forward to being able to watch the movie version. ( )
  Unkletom | Mar 25, 2015 |
Hooray for a new Scandinavian detective series! This one is set in Denmark, allegedly the happiest country in the world after Bhutan, but it's still pretty dark. The book cover is a blatant ripoff of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but the main character here is a sexist and difficult detective who is in recovery from a shooting where one of his partners was killed and one paralyzed. Carl Morck holds himself responsible for the killer's escape. Because he's impossible to work with but effective, he gets banished to the basement and to a new Department Q for cold cases that remain politically hot. His admin Assad is a man of mystery who proves to have skills beyond cooking spicy MidEastern food and cleaning. Their first case is that of a politician, Merete Lynggaard, who has been missing for almost five years and who also has a dreadful life altering event in her background. The suspense level starts low and ratchets up steadily, building to a most satisfying outcome and to the next in the Department Q series. I can't wait! ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jussi Adler-Olsenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adler-Olsen, Jussimain authorall editionsconfirmed
D'Avino, Maria ValeriaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, ErikNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Vries, KorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hartford, LisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huttunen, KatriinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krogstad, ErikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mendizábal, Juan MaríaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Opgedragen aan Hanne Adler-Olsen.
Zonder haar zou de bron opdrogen.
Dedicated to Hanne Adler-Olsen. Without her, the well would run dry.
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Ze krabde haar vingertoppen tot bloedens toe open op de gladde wanden en sloeg met haar vuisten tegen de dikke ruiten tot ze haar handen niet meer voelde.
She scratched her fingertips on the smooth walls until they bled, and pounded her fists on the thick panes until she could no longer feel her hands.
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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 he's introduced 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.

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Chief detective Carl M?ck, recovering from what he thought was a career-destroying gunshot wound, is relegated to cold cases and becomes immersed in the five-year disappearance of a politician.

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