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The keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q 1) (original 2007; edition 2011)

by Jussi Adler-Olsen, Lisa Hartford

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Title:The keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q 1)
Authors:Jussi Adler-Olsen
Other authors:Lisa Hartford
Info:New York : Dutton, c2011.
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The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen (2007)


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This is the first book in Jussi Alder-Olsen's Q-series concerning Danish police detective Carl Morck. I have to admit, I always liked reading Scandinavian detectives a lot. But after years of reading them, I grew a bit tired. Had they first been very new and not as cliché as most US/UK detectives, I got very used to the Scandinavian theme as well.

But this book was different, I really enjoyed it. It was an easy read, but very nice and with a lot of suspense in it.

That cage really was terrifying!

I've ever since reading this book planned to read the rest of this series, but so far, I've only read the second book. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
Are Scandinavians just naturally better at writing suspenseful mysteries or is it something about the climate that engenders thoughts of horrific crimes? I was a big fan of the Stieg Larsson Millennium series and Henning Mankell's books (and the Wallander TV series) suck me in every time. Now add to the list Jussi Adler-Olsen with his Department Q novels.

Carl Morck has just come back to work after a shooting that left his one partner dead and his other partner completely paralyzed. Morck has always been abrasive but he and his two partners worked well together. Now he is on his own and he has been shuffled off to the basement to head up Department Q, a new division that is supposed to take another look at past crimes that have not been solved. He demands and receives one assistant. Assad is a Syrian refugee and, in addition to cleaning, making coffee and driving, he charms the secretaries and makes cogent comments about the cases. In fact it is Assad who talks Carl into chosing the first case. Merete Lynggard had been an up and coming politician when she disappeared from a ferry five years ago. Although her life had been marked by tragedy (her parents died in a car accident and her younger brother was permanently brain damaged) she did not seem to be suicidal. Her brother who was on the ferry as well can not speak. No body has ever appeared. As Carl and Assad dig into the case they find numerous incidents that were never fully investigated. Suspicion centres on a man that Merete had gone to dinner with once shortly before her disappearance but he was killed in a car crash shortly after she disappeared. Or was he?

The reader actually knows that Merete was kidnapped as is being held somewhere. So the tension builds as Carl and Assad seem to get closer to solving the crime. Will they be in time?

Highly recommended for fans of the Scandinavian noir genre. ( )
  gypsysmom | May 21, 2016 |
It should be enough to say that I read it in one day. That I liked it as much as a Stieg Larsson book. That the lead character was a detective so loveable he reminded me of John Rebus in Ian Rankin's novels. That the last hundred or so pages could not go fast enough, just to see what was going to happen. And the sidekick should have his own TV series. Is that enough ? ( )
1 vote lauri804 | Apr 21, 2016 |
A problematic detective, appointed to lead a new, good-for-nothing department, and his Syrian refugee aid successfully solve the case of an MP disappeared five years ago. Great characters, good story, looking forward to the next book. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Apr 11, 2016 |
A gripping Danish police cold-case procedural. An excellent debut; I'm looking forward to reading more of Department Q! ( )
  stevebishop | Apr 2, 2016 |
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Jussi Adler-Olsenprimary 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
Mendizábal, Juan MaríaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thiess, HannesTranslatorsecondary 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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