The Absent One by Jussi Adler-olsenThe Absent One by Jussi Adler-olsen

The Absent One

byJussi Adler-olsen

Hardcover | November 11, 2013

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

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 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 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 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.
Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe, and he's won many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards, including the Glass Key Award—also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg. He lives in Denmark.
Title:The Absent OneFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.3 × 6.38 × 1.32 inPublished:November 11, 2013Publisher:DUTTON ADULTLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0525952896

ISBN - 13:9780525952893


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Simply superb psychological thriller. Adler-Olsen does it again. Detective Carl Morck is pulled into a case 20 years old and then related cases seem to pop up all over the place. As if that isn't enough, murders are happening now that just may well have a connection with these cold cases as well and the names involved are only just the creme de la creme of Norway's high society. Carl and his sidekick Assad are back together again with their trepiditious friendship more firmly grounded as they have learnt to trust one another and as they stand together facing the unknown element of a new partner to their Department, the cold, mouthy, yet efficient Rose Knudsen. I absolutely loved the case; very unique, very creepy, never quite sure where the author was going to go with it. One thing I often wondered about was the scene that takes place in the "Prologue", who is the person that this is happening to? I found myself going back and reading it a couple of times because I thought I'd figured it out but could find no clues to back myself up and pow! what a zinger, when we do find out who it is. I'm a big fan of Carl; he's crusty, used to the old ways, doesn't like change and isn't really about to change in anyway he can get away with it. He and Assad are polar opposites but they've worked out quite a nice relationship, where they can drive each other batty at times and at others work on perfect sync. I'm not impressed with the new addition of Rose but I don't think I'm supposed to be. I've been exposed to Carl's opinion of her and her attitudes toward him and I'm not liking it. Three's a crowd , I say. But someone else may say, they need a female voice in here. She's a pain in the butt and I'm not prepared to like her, but we'll see what happens in the next book. However, I'm not docking any points because I don't like a character! Great, great thriller. Love Adler-Olsen's writing, the intensity, the shock value without going too far, but going far enough to give us that just beyond sick, sicko psycho killer. Bring on the next book! PS: I love the UK covers and titles for this series! Even though neither the US nor UK titles reflect the original intent of the Danish titles. This one's Danish title literally translated is "The Pheasant Hunters", which is a phrase used in the book to denote a certain class of people and is a perfectly suitable title. Perhaps the phrase is not known to western readers but funnily enough I ran across the phrase in an English book I read shortly after this one.
Date published: 2012-10-05

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