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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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Tags:mystery, police detective, scandinavian

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The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen (2007)

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What a slow start! If this wasn't a book club read I may have put it aside, but am glad that I didn't. Carl and Assad made a great team and Merete and Uffe are together again. All is right with the world and a perfect ending for the next in the series. 3.5* because of the slow beginning. ( )
  ccindyy | Feb 3, 2016 |
What a slow start! If this wasn't a book club read I may have put it aside, but am glad that I didn't. Carl and Assad made a great team and Merete and Uffe are together again. All is right with the world and a perfect ending for the next in the series. 3.5* because of the slow beginning. ( )
  ccindyy | Feb 3, 2016 |
I am giving this one 4 stars based on the fact that I could not put it down. It is fast paced and the characters are intriguing. I had a little trouble with Carl's overactive, if unrequited, libido, but that was minor.

In comparing this to Stieg Larsson's "Dragon Tattoo" trilogy, I appreciated that there was just as much drama, mystery, and reader-stress without the violent and sadistic sexual component that Larsson's books contained.

The characters were excellent. Carl is intriguing as a seasoned cop with plenty of baggage. I can't wait to find out more about Assad, Carl's assistant, and his dark Syrian past. Will Hardy be present in subsequent books? Will he ever walk again? Did Jepson pass his math finals?

I will definitely read more in this series, and highly recommend it. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
Morck is the keeper of lost causes, the head of the newly-formed Department Q which deals with cold cases. He has one assistant for cleaning and clerical work who surprisingly ends out being a great detective. Morck decides, at random, to investigate the disappearance of a beautiful politician. This is a great mystery: complicated plot, suspense, backstory for the victim, mysterious backstory for the investigators, and fully developed characters you care about. All the converging stories are threaded throughout for a long but fast read.

I will definitely read more in this series. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is the first installment in the Department Q series. When police detective Carl Morck comes back to work after a shooting that left his two partners dead and crippled respectively, he finds it very difficult to get along with the other detectives on the force. When Department Q is established to investigate cold cases, this is the perfect opportunity for the police chief to keep Carl's disruptive presence in check. Set up out of the way with only one Syrian refugee as assistant to do menial tasks, nobody expects much to come of this new department and the money spoken for it is mostly put to use adding detectives to the regular force. But Assad has a wealth of unexpected talents and with his enthusiasm he slowly pulls Carl into investigating their first case: the disappearance five years earlier of a high profile woman politician while on a ferry. The case was dropped without clear conclusion due to the absence of a body.

At first I thought this would be another of those depressing Scandinavian crime stories I just could not get into. But as Carl Morck's interest in the case rose, so did mine. I very much liked the interaction between the various characters, especially between Carl and his old boss over the setup of the new department and between Carl and Assad as they slowly deal with cultural and personal differences. The characters and the slow revelation of the backstory as the investigation progresses make this a highly enjoyable read. Only the resolution was a bit rushed; I would have wanted to know a bit more about the how. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

(read in German)"" ( )
  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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
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Thiess, HannesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Opgedragen aan Hanne Adler-Olsen.
Zonder haar zou de bron opdrogen.
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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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