The Keeper Of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-olsenThe Keeper Of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-olsen

The Keeper Of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel

byJussi Adler-olsenTranslated byLisa Hartford

Paperback | July 31, 2012

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Get to know the detective in charge of Copenhagen's coldest cases in the first electrifying Department Q novel from New York Times bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen.

Carl Mørck used to be one of Denmark’s best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl—who didn’t draw his weapon—blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carl’s got only a stack of cold cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead. But she isn’t dead...yet.

Darkly humorous, propulsive, and atmospheric, The Keeper of Lost Causes introduces American readers to the mega-bestselling series fast becoming an international sensation.
Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark’s #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestselling author. His books, including the Department Q series, routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe and have sold more than fifteen million copies around the world. His many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards include the Glass Key Award, also won by Hen...
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Title:The Keeper Of Lost Causes: The First Department Q NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.85 inPublished:July 31, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0452297907

ISBN - 13:9780452297906

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Read This was a good book. Mystery but with some humour. Had read it a few years back and decided to read it again. I will look for the others in this series.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Read This was a good book. Mystery but with some humour. Had read it a few years back and decided to read it again. I will look for the others in this series.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Read This was a good book. Mystery but with some humour. Had read it a few years back and decided to read it again. I will look for the others in this series.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read I love this entire series. Each book is very suspenseful and keeps you hooked from beginning to end!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to a great series Finished it in 4 days, great first book that leads into an amazing series!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read this because it was recommended from Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It was the same type of reading and I was impressed by how they laid out the mystery. Haven't gotten the second book in this series yet but do still intend to. I just think the translated writing from Swedish makes it a little hard to follow at times
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top notch detective story Deputy Detective Superintendent Carl Morch has seen a lot in his 25 years on the job. Upon returning to work after a deadly shooting that left one of his partners dead and another paralysed, Carl is promoted to head of the newly created Department Q which has the objective of solving Copenhagen's cold cases. The first case he examines is that of Merete Lynggaard, a politician who disappeared without a clue five years earlier. With the help of his assist Assad, Carl dives in to the case and finds more than a few loose ends. Carl is a top notch detective but he is tired and worn down. Sitting at his desk with his feet up and newspaper is not a bad way to spend his day at the office. His assistant Assad has different ideas. He wants to get to the cases and prods Carl along. As the case proceeds, we learn that Carl is a stickler for following up every single possible lead even when he figures they won't lead anywhere. This is the type of dogged determination that I want to see in my fictional detectives. Carl's story follows the day after day investigation while Merete's story runs along side, starting on a path more than five years ago and progressing quickly to converge with Carl's present day. I found both Carl and Assad to be very likable characters. Carl's life is far from perfect. This makes him human, he is disgruntled with being shuffled to the basement, but once he starts an investigation he has to carry it through to it's conclusion. He can't skip steps or overlook leads to create an expedient end. Assad is a willing assistant. He want to learn and be helpful, at times pulling Carl along with him. He undoubtedly has many secrets in his past. I want to see both of these men again in future cases. Likewise, I grew to care for Merete, and wanted to see justice for her. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Department Q series. I was enjoying this book so much, that I ordered a paper copy for my husband. (this book was also published under the title Mercy in some countries) I listened to thePenguin audio book as read by Erik Davis. 15 hours 37 minutes unabridged Erik Davis did an excellent job as reader. He brought these characters to life and his use of accents and Danish pronunciation kept this book in place.
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best thrillers I have read Out of a rather familiar formula: rogue cop, near retirement, wounded in body and spirit, Jussi Adler-Olsen constructs a fascinating tale of revenge resulting from a routine traffic accident. Fed up with detective Carl Morck's insubordinate attitude, his superiors set him up in department Q, newly established in a basement office to rid themselves of his presence, giving Carl responsibility for investigating cold cases. Well aware of his boss's motive, Carl has no intention of performing any useful work and settles in to pass the time idly while awaiting retirement. When his sympathetic boss, Marcus, chides him for disruptive behavior Carl responds by demanding staff, a car and other facilities for his spartan office. Assad, a middle-eastern immigrant with a shady background quickly performs the dogsbody tasks Carl assigns. Bored by his lack of useful duties Assad, prompts Carl into investigating the case of Merete Lynggaard, a beautiful young Danish politician who disappeared almost six years earlier under mysterious circumstances. Inspired by Assad's zeal and his unexpected investigative skills the two members of Department Q persevere, in spite of bureaucratic opposition, in an investigation that Carl's colleagues have long since given up as a lost cause. A taut, well constructed, whodunit that had me wishing for more, after I turned the final leaf.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The keeper of lost causes Engrossing. Difficult to put down. Interesting characters. Occasionally s bit slow but rarely. I'll be looking for more by this auther.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Start to a Series! Enjoyable from start to finish. The writing style leaves you wanting to read on. Looking forward to reading more in the "Q" series.
Date published: 2014-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Keeper of Lost Causes Fabulous mystery one of the best! Love this Danish author!
Date published: 2014-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Keeper of Lost Causes Fabulous mystery one of the best! Love this Danish author!
Date published: 2014-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Keeper of Lost Causes Fabulous mystery one of the best! Love this Danish author!
Date published: 2014-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Keeper of Lost Causes An excellent tale. When I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it. An engaging page turner with intriguingly flawed characters full of intensity.
Date published: 2014-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Keeper of Lost Causes A great read. A true page turner.
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The keeper of Lost Causes:Department A good intro to the series. A little too fanciful perhaps, Nesbo's not worried, but worth seeing where the stories go next.
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Husband Couldn't Put it Down! I bought this book for my husband at Christmas based totally on its cover! He couldn't put it down! He read it straight through and couldn't wait for me to buy the next in the series. I recommend this for anyone who likes a book they can't put down!
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great new authour for me! The story is compelling and is almost impossible to put down. What a great plot centering on an abduction 5 years before. The characters are all excellent
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The keeper of lost causes Not a bad book ,l think I will try another of his to get into the characters more I liked his assistance the best.
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Page turning read! I loved every minute of it!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Keeper of Lost Causes Well written. Great detail.
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. This is the first book in a while that's managed to grab and keep my attention from beginning to end! Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Date published: 2013-03-06

Read from the Book

She was going to look after herself. For them she was the woman in the cage, but she was the one who decided how far apart the bars would be. She would think thoughts that opened out onto the world and kept madness at bay. They would never break her. That's what she decided as she lay there on the floor, her shoulder throbbing fiercely and the swelling around her eye forcing it closed. Someday she would get out of here.

Editorial Reviews

“Plan on putting everything else in your life on hold if you pick up this book.”—The Oregonian“Of all the fun I've had this year with the Scandinavian canon, The Keeper of Lost Causes is the one I'd be most eager—and reluctant—to loan.”—The Boston Globe“The pages fly by as the twisty puzzle unfolds. Stieg Larsson fans will be delighted.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Far from being just another morose Nordic crime writer, Adler-Olsen creates a detective whose curiosity is as active as his soul is tortured.”—Library Journal (starred review)“Adler-Olsen's prose is superior to Larsson's, his tortures are less discomfiting, and he has a sense of humor.”—Booklist (starred review)“The new ‘it' boy of Nordic Noir.”—The Times (London)“The Keeper of Lost Causes is dark, atmospheric, and compelling. Those who loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will devour this book.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. BoxMore Praise for Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q series“If you like the dark humor, wisecracking, and layered betrayals of Raymond Chandler, then read Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series.”—Men's Journal“A tense, pleasurable read.”—USA Today“[A] sordid tale...inspired by actual events during a dark period of Danish history. Ah, but there is more, so much more in this frenzied thriller.”—The New York Times Book Review“This book is not for the faint of heart, but for readers who enjoy dark humor and wisecracking heroes and heroines, you’ll love Department Q.”—Suspense Magazine “It can be hard to distinguish Scandinavian crime writers—there are a lot of them, and their names have consonant clusters and umlauts and all that jazz—but Jussi Adler-Olsen is a name to know. In a crowded genre, Adler-Olsen is an outlier.”—GQ.com “Adler-Olsen merges story lines...with ingenious aplomb, effortlessly mixing hilarities with horrors...This crime fiction tour de force could only have been devised by an author who can even turn stomach flu into a belly laugh.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“This series has enough twists to captivate contemporary mystery readers and enough substance and background to entertain readers with historical and literary tastes.”—Library Journal (starred review)“When your series relies on cold cases, it’s not always easy to craft plots that have both historical interest and an air of urgency, but it’s something Adler-Olsen is very good at.”—Booklist