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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,065 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen Narrator: Steven Pacey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck—or readers—expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: a brother and sister 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 Mørck 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 love to keep buried...

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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Quotes & Awards

  • Adler-Olsen has created a wonderful addition to the detective fiction genre...Readers of detective fiction, international crime fiction, and suspense fiction will highly enjoy this thriller. Library Journal (starred review)
  • The pages fly by as the twisty puzzle unfolds. Stieg Larsson fans will be delighted. Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Keeper of Lost Causes
  • [An] absorbing psychological thriller. Library Journal (starred review) on The Keeper of Lost Causes
  • Comparisons [to Stieg Larsson] are inevitable and, while he may lack a Salander, Adler-Olsen’s prose is superior to Larsson’s, his tortures are less discomfiting, and he has a sense of humor. Booklist (starred review) on The Keeper of Lost Causes
  • Plan on putting everything else in your life on hold if you pick up this book. The Oregonian on The Keeper of Lost Causes
  • A relentless thrill ride of surprise, shock and terror. The Sacramento Bee on The Keeper of Lost Causes
  • The new ‘it’ boy of Nordic Noir. The Times, London on The Keeper of Lost Causes
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes is the one I'd be most eager-and most reluctant-to loan. The Boston Globe on The Keeper of Lost Causes
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes is dark, atmospheric, and compelling. Those who loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will devour this book. C.J. Box
  • “Adler-Olsen, Denmark’s leading crime fiction author, outdoes his outstanding debut, The Keeper of Lost Causes, with his second Department Q novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Adler-Olsen, Denmark’s leading crime fiction author, outdoes his outstanding debut, The Keeper of Lost Causes, with his second Department Q novel. Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
  • Adler-Olsen's humor and his portrayal of Kimmie's sad life make The Absent One stand out among today's flood of Nordic mysteries. Kirkus Reviews
  • The Copenhagen-set sequel to The Keeper of Lost Causes is quirky and wry. The Sacramento Bee
  • “Steven Pacey builds a complex world from gated country estate to junkie flophouse while maintaining a heart-pounding momentum. His doomed street urchin, Rat Tina, will haunt you, but then the whole gripping puzzle will.”

    AudioFile

  • “Adler-Olsen has created a wonderful addition to the detective fiction genre...Readers of detective fiction, international crime fiction, and suspense fiction will highly enjoy this thriller.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Adler-Olsen’s humor and his portrayal of Kimmie’s sad life make The Absent One stand out among today’s flood of Nordic mysteries.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joanne | 2/15/2014

    " I was looking forward to reading this after enjoying Mercy, the first book in the series, but I didn't enjoy this as much. It has an exiting plot, it is a page-turner and I was interested to find out how it ended, but it was quite badly written (or perhaps translated?). I tend to read a book like this every now & then to vary what I'm reading, and I think it is was it is - it's not great literature, but it's a good thriller for a holiday read if you like that kind of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ickyvicky | 2/9/2014

    " Alweer een enorm spannend boek in deze serie. De wisselwerking tussen Carl Morck en Assad wordt zo helder en duidelijk omschreven dat je helemaal meegezogen word in de afdeling Q. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Betty | 1/20/2014

    " The best part of this Scandinavian noir crime novel is Department Q and the characters that comprise it, but don't read it if you prefer to avoid reading about true evil. Once I started it, I couldn't stop, but I would just as soon not have started. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kandice | 1/14/2014

    " After having considered Adler-Olsen's first book in this series as one of the best books I read last year, this second in the series was a huge disappointment. There is no suspense, no life hanging in the balance, and no one I really liked in the book. The first book was so good because whether or not you liked the victim, you knew she would die a horrible death if Mork didn't solve the mystery in time. And the mystery was intricate, not easily solved, and kept the suspense level high. In this book, all of the main characters are despicable, someone has already been arrested for the crime, and other than hoping Mork gets the true perpetrators off the street, there's nothing crucial hanging in the balance. After reading half the book with the story just going in circles, I couldn't keep reading. Since I liked the first book so much, I will probably try the third in the series once it's translated. However if it proves to be as big a disappointment as this one was, that will be the end of Department Q for me. "

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