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The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen
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The Absent One (2008)

by Jussi Adler-Olsen

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Series: Department Q (2)

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A disappointment! I really liked Jussi Adler-Olsen's "Keeper of the Lost Causes" and was looking forward to the next installment of Department Q, but "The Absent One" is definitely not in the same class. Carl Morck, Assad and Rosa never seem to gel the way the two of them did in the first book. It seems unbelievable that they even solve the case. "The Absent One" was rather an unbelievable story. Rich teenagers that get manipulated by another student into drug addled killers and sexual sadists who continue into adulthood while becoming well respected industrialists and fashion celebrities.Add to it a rabid fox. A hungry hyaena. Hunting wild animals in the heart of Denmark? The novel starts off well, but then deteriorates into a totally unbelievable story with drug addicts, street people, private eyes, explosions, mummified babies etc. I am going to read the next one in the series because the first one was good and see if he gets back on track. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
Review: The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen. 3.5 Stars 12/05/2018

I hadn’t read any of Jussi Alder-Olsen books and this one is part of a series so it took me time to follow the characters that are in the series. Olsen did a great job describing Demark to its fullest. It didn’t take long to get to know the detectives and their persona.

Carl Morck was the chief of Department Q, he had been a cop for twenty-five years, and the last ten years he headed the Copenhagen homicide division. His last case of being a homicide cop had a profound effect on him. One of his partners had been killed and the other partner was shot and paralyzed him from the neck down. It left Carl with a physical scar and he was struggling which made it hard for him to go back to work in the homicide department. Carl’s boss offered Carl a transfer to Department Q. He would be working on the cold cases, while also being the department’s top boss.

Carl’s first case was chosen by random by Assad who was only a Syrian janitor who later played an active role in in the investigation. Carl’s cold case centers on a double murder, a brother and sister in 1987 were beaten to death in their summer cottage. Carl was confused when he read that a guy, Bjarne Thogersen waited nine years to confess to the murders. How did it become a cold case if they had the killer in prison…?

There were plenty of suspects when the murders were being investigated but not enough evidence to convict someone. As Carl goes over the case he notices some flaws in the paperwork which leads him to investigate anyway.

I enjoyed the book because of the great plot and the strangeness of some of the characters. ( )
  Juan-banjo | Dec 11, 2018 |
The sadistic scenes are too much for me. I skipped them. I suggest you do as well, to save your soul. The detective is described as "deeply flawed" in the blurbs. He is more than that. His hot shot immigrant sidekick and assertive pissed off female assistant are abused but give back. No namby-pamby stuff. And then there are the perps--all pieces of work, as they used to say--with abusive family backstories and downright evil histories. Not a puzzle mystery. You know all the players early on; but a who-will-get-whacked-and-how-terribly-nasty-will-it-be mystery. ( )
  kerns222 | May 25, 2018 |
Jeg digger Assad og Carl! Spent på fortsettelsen. ( )
  henriette89 | Apr 21, 2018 |
Jeg digger Assad og Carl! Spent på fortsettelsen. ( )
  henriette89 | Apr 21, 2018 |
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Adler-Olsen, Jussiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Huttunen, KatriinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thiess, HannesÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In 1987 worden de verminkte lichamen van een broer en zus gevonden in een zomerhuisje in de buurt van Rørvig, in Noord-Seeland. Uit het politieonderzoek blijkt dat de dader gezocht moet worden binnen een groep van kostschoolleerlingen die uit de rijkste kringen van het land afkomstig zijn. Er is echter niet genoeg bewijs en de zaak verdwijnt in de doofpot, totdat een van de verdachten zichzelf aangeeft. Daarmee lijkt het mysterie opgelost.

Een aantal jaren later belandt het onderzoek op het bureau van brigadier Mørck, hoofd van de afdeling 'onopgeloste zaken' Q. Hij denkt dat het er per ongeluk is terechtgekomen, maar al snel blijkt dit niet het geval te zijn. Hij realiseert zich dat er iets heel erg fout is gegaan... Samen met zijn assistent Assad begint hij een onderzoek dat hen in aanraking brengt met alle lagen van de maatschappij. Van de armste mensen die op straat leven tot de machtigste mensen van het land; de klopjacht is begonnen.

Jussi Adler-Olsens Serie Q-boeken worden stuk voor stuk internationaal enthousiast ontvangen en bereiken allemaal de bestsellerstatus. Deel 1, 2 en 3 verdreven zelfs de Millennium-trilogie van Stieg Larsson van de topdrieposities in Denemarken.
In "The Keeper of Lost Causes, "Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Morck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen's coldest cases. The result wasn't what Morck--or readers--expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen's shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Morck 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, and one of the suspects--part of a group of privileged boarding-school students--confessed and was convicted. But once Morck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren't the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried . . . as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head. Every bit as pulse-pounding as the book that launched the series, "The Absent One" delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world's premier thriller writers.
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M?rck is back. He's settled into Department Q and is ready to take on another cold case. This time, it's the brutal double-murder of a brother and sister two decades earlier. One of the suspects confessed and is serving time, but it's clear to M?rck that all is not what it seems. Kimmie, a homeless woman with secrets involving certain powerful individuals, could hold the key -- if M?rck can track her down before they do.… (more)

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