The Absent One: A Department Q Novel

Paperback | May 7, 2013

byJussi Adler-olsen

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New York Times bestseller Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with the second book in his electrifying Department Q series

“The new ‘it’ boy of Nordic Noir” (The Times, London) delivers an electrifying follow up to his New York Times bestselling debut

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, American audiences were finally introduced to Copenhagen’s Detective Carl Mørck and his creator, #1 international bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen. Now, Mørck 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 Mørck that all is not what it seems. Kimmie, a homeless woman with secrets involving certain powerful individuals, could hold the key—if Mørck can track her down before they do.

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New York Times bestseller Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with the second book in his electrifying Department Q series“The new ‘it’ boy of Nordic Noir” (The Times, London) delivers an electrifying follow up to his New York Times bestselling debut In The Keeper of Lost Causes, American audiences were finally introduced to Copenhagen’s Detecti...

Jussi Adler-Olsen lives in Denmark.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.91 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0142196835

ISBN - 13:9780142196830

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Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Absent One Love the Department Q series! Can't wait to read the next one!
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Absent One Amazing book! This trilogy is truly a page turner! Can't wait to start the next ;)
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Absent One aka Disgrace This is the second in the series that features Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. A brother and sister were murdered 20 years ago and a criminal confessed to the crime but all is not what it seems. The crime involved a group from a privileged boarding school. Morck sets off to investigate this group and finds they belong to a exclusive hunting club with the exception of Kimmie. Kimmie is now a homeless woman living off the streets and avoiding her friends and evading the police because she has all the secrets. Back once again is the assistant Assad who takes a bigger hand in helping with the investigation and added to the mix is Rose who has created a stir in another department and been shifted to Dept Q and out of the way. This is another great story but should be read in series order for greater insight into the characters. There was not quite as much humour in this one and I did miss that.
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story Also published under the title “Disgrace" Book 2, in the Department Q series We learnt in the first installment that Department Q was set up the handle cold cases with Carlo Morck, a prickly Copenhagen Deputy Det., to lead it. This follow-up is quite different to the first case he tackled. This story is more brutal and is filled with great inventiveness in its descriptions of the technique of torture and depravity. The nonstop action is pulse-pounding with many unforeseen twists to derail us although we do have some breaks to help us relate to the characters. This is a saga that is far from being dull. Carl returns from vacation to discover that his unit has been reshuffled and is confronted with a file that shouldn't be on his desk. The file concerns the brutal murders of a sister and brother two decades earlier and one of the suspects confessed and was convicted. How did the file come into his possession and why was he immediately asked to let it go? Once Carl looks something, this contrarian individual will do the direct opposite to what he is told. Looking further into this supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a vagrant who steals to survive and a group of ex –boarding school bodies who became successful businessmen. The group is later discovered to be engaged in a series of despicable acts….. Maybe the antics of the criminals are over the top and a bit unbelievable but nevertheless we have a plot that is exciting and revolves around Carl’s attempts to get evidences and convictions. The characters are intricate and fascinating. Carl is hard to work with, Assad is always cheerful and Rose the new addition to the department is a piece of work. To the mix are the creepy villains and Kimmie I let you judge her….IMO this author is in a league of his own and provides hours of captivating reading with his superb writing, his original characters and exciting plots.
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mystery and suspense! Characters from the previous novel continue in their pursuit of cold cases. Adler-Olsen keeps you involved from start to finish.
Date published: 2012-12-02

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Editorial Reviews

“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"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