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Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Mercy (original 2008; edition 2011)

by Jussi Adler-Olsen

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Authors:Jussi Adler-Olsen
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (UK) (2011), Perfect Paperback, 400 pages
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Tags:Danish crime fiction, Department Q, imprisonment, revenge

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Mercy / The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen (2008)

2011 (8) 2012 (18) 2013 (9) Carl Morck (8) cold cases (13) Copenhagen (34) crime (54) crime fiction (73) Danish (19) Danish fiction (9) Denmark (114) Department Q (22) detective (25) ebook (31) fiction (87) kidnapping (14) Kindle (15) missing persons (11) mystery (124) novel (11) police (14) police procedural (18) read (21) read in 2011 (12) revenge (10) Scandinavian (9) series (14) suspense (12) thriller (89) to-read (51)

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I liked this book. The writing was descriptive and fast paced. As far as thrillers go, this was a good one. ( )
  janismack | Apr 8, 2014 |
Entertaining. If you like police procedurals and mysteries, I recommend it. ( )
  pmackey | Mar 19, 2014 |
I picked this book based on the rave reviews it had received - "The new 'it' boy of Nordic Noir" from The Times of London, among many others.
I have to say that the writing did not disappoint. It was well written and the characters were well drawn. The story was a compelling, a real page turner. The reason for the four star review as opposed to five stars is due to the fact that I found the premise behind the story to be too far fetched. It's hard to go into more detail without giving away the ending, but I felt that it was unbelievable that some of the characters would go to such great lengths. ( )
  Bookishhorseygal | Mar 18, 2014 |
I couldn't put this book down it is such a good read. Detective Carl Morck has returned to work after surviving an attack which killed one colleague and left the other as a quadraplegic . In a depressive state, he is picked to head Dept. Q, the new division to investigate cold cases. His new assistant is a fascinating character called Assad, who has a shady but tragic past. Their first case involves the disappearance, suspected suicide of a former politician Merete Lymgaard five years ago. This is a such a great story, as Carl and Assad unravel the clues to discover the real story.. I'm going to find more of these to read. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Mar 17, 2014 |
This is a terrific mystery. Read it under the title Keeper of Lost '
Causes but it is the first in the Q1 series with Carl Morck, who is much like Harry Hole in the Jo Nesbo books. Gripping from start to finish. ( )
  annbury | Feb 28, 2014 |
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De Vries, KorTranslatorsecondary 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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