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The Keeper of Lost Causes

Adler-Olsen, Jussi (Book - 2011)
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Penguin Putnam

Jussi Adler-Olsen, author of The Absent One, 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, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him 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.



Baker & Taylor
A U.S. release of a first installment in a top award-winning Danish series introduces chief detective Carl Morck, who after 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Chief detective Carl M²rck, 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.

Authors: Adler-Olsen, Jussi
Statement of Responsibility: Jussi Adler-Olsen ; translated by Lisa Hartford
Uniform Title: Kvinden i buret. English
Title: The keeper of lost causes
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2011
Characteristics: 396 p. ; 24 cm.
Notes: "Originally published with the title Mercy in Great Britain by Penguin Books."
Subject Headings: Police Denmark Fiction Missing persons Investigation Fiction Copenhagen (Denmark) Fiction
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Police
Missing persons
Additional Contributors: Hartford, Lisa
LCCN: 2011014873
ISBN: 9780525952480
0525952489
Branch Call Number: FIC A
Research Call Number: JFE 11-3357
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Jul 19, 2013
  • Coachpatrick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent! Great characters, great story telling and an immensely satisfying read. Lost the better part of one Friday reading "just one more chapter". Can't wait to read the rest if the series.

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