The Keeper Of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler OlsenThe Keeper Of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler Olsen

The Keeper Of Lost Causes

byJussi Adler Olsen

Hardcover | August 23, 2013

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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.

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's #1 crime writer. This novel has already appeared at the top of bestseller lists in Denmark and Germany, and subsequent entries in the series debuted at #1.
Title:The Keeper Of Lost CausesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.31 × 6.33 × 1.31 inPublished:August 23, 2013Publisher:DUTTON ADULTLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0525952489

ISBN - 13:9780525952480

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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 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 Captivating Department Q book #1 It seems to be at top bestseller in Northern Europe your mysteries have to feature a deeply flawed detective as a protagonist and it works. Put into the mix one of the most intriguing story and you have a hit. This first instalment is very character- driven and centers on a physically and emotionally damaged Copenhagen police homicide detective, Carl Morck who was once one of Copenhagen’s best till a bullet almost took his life and left his two colleagues not so lucky. He never forgave himself for not drawing his pistol ever since. He isn’t one to stick to the rules and soon finds himself “punished” and put to pasture in the basement to run the new formed department Q, a special unit investigating cold cases of missing persons long forgotten. With his one assistant Hafez el- Assad, political refugees from Syria, the duo makes a strangely detective pair. Their first case is a high profile one, the disappearance of Merete Lynggaard, a politician who vanished without a trace five years earlier. The preliminary investigation reveals elementary omissions from the original team and sloppy detective works and opens a ton of questions they want and need answers for….. The aspect of their investigation is excellent, well-paced and few characters to keep track of which made it easier to place the pieces of the puzzle together as the plot moved on. Different chapters are devoted to Merete from the time before her abduction through her ordeal of being a captive. The story is highly captivating and I was hooked immediately and spellbound till the end. The characterization is dynamic and brilliant, painting the perfect odd couple (Carl and Assad) with all the funny moments that goes with it. A little humour served to create breathing room where the tension is too high, combine to it is a good portion of satire and self-irony and you have all the important components to set you characters into a most gripping of plot.
Date published: 2013-04-22
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!!!!! Carl Mørck is a Danish homicide policeman. He was considered one of the best. In his last case he was shot in the head, another officer died and his partner is paralyzed and suicidal. He is feeling guilty. Mørck is now disgruntled, morose and abrasive. The other officers want nothing to do with him. Copenhagen police have been instructed to set up a Department Q which will look at cold cases of national interest. Mørck is promoted and set up as the department chief in the basement of headquarters. Mørck thinks this is his dream job where he does not have to do anything but put his feet up, smoke and dream his life away. Mørck finds out that along with the creation of the new department is a large budget which the homicide department is intending to use. He bargains and gets an assistant, Assad, a car and some needed equipment. Ah, life is so easy!! However, Assad who is really the janitor prods Mørck to actually do his job. Mørck selects the five year case of Merete Lynggaard who is missing and presumed killed. Lynggaard was the head of the Social Democrat party and a bright and shining star on the political scene. In a parallel story the novel traces Lynggaard who is held in a pressure chamber and her torture over the past years. Mørck is be-leaguered, difficult and disliked by his colleagues but the reader sees through this and understands his flaws which makes this protagonist one of my favourites. There is an aura of mystery surrounding Assad which I hope will be probed further as this series progresses. An excellent read.
Date published: 2012-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! Carl sets out to solve the mysterious disappearance of Merete. However, all the clues are circumstantial. Assad, his assistant, is determined to solve the case with Carl and find Merete, if she is still alive.
Date published: 2011-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely recommended! Yes, there is a plethora (I love that word) of Nordic and Scandinavian authors making their names known in North America lately, but here's one you want to take note of and write down - Jussi Adler-Olsen. Adler-Olsen is the author of the "Department Q" series featuring Carl Morck. The Keeper of Lost Causes is the first in the series and newly released in North America. "Twenty-five years on the police force and ten in the homicide division has hardened him. That's how things had gone until the day when a murder case pierced his armour." Both figuratively and literally. Carl has just returned to the force since a situation gone terribly wrong leaves his partner paralyzed and Carl seriously wounded. His usual inability to get along with others gets even worse as he attempts to come to terms with his guilt. His superior, under pressure to deal with cold cases, see a win-win situation. Assign Carl to head up what will be the new 'Department Q'. And the department consists of only Carl until he demands an administrative assistant. Assad is assigned to work in the basement with Carl. Assad is a bit of a mystery as we come to discover. The interplay between these two characters is fantastic. Carl's skills as a detective really are unparalleled in the department. Assad's myriad set of skills are revealed as the two work together reopening the case of a missing politician, gone for five years and presumed drowned. The politician's fate is slowly revealed in flashback chapters as Carl and Assad uncover more and more that indicates the case was never properly investigated the first time. "She was going to look after herself. For them she was the woman in the cage, but she was the one who decide how far apart the bars would be. She would think thought that opened out on to the world and kept madness at bay. They would never break her. that's what she decided as she lay there on the floor...." This was just a fantastic read for me. Adler-Olsen's dialogue runs the gamut from comic to compassionate. The plot is frightening and well thought out. The manner in which the case is slowly revealed was absolutely addicting, keeping me reading until late in the night. Carl's personal life is a mess, providing a secondary plot line that was also entertaining. But it is the flawed characters of Carl and Assad that are the real draw for me. A five star read for me - highly recommended. Adler-Olsen has released the fourth book of the Department Q series in Denmark. This reader will be eagerly awaiting the next North American release.
Date published: 2011-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! Reason for Reading: The plot just screamed "read me!" and I'm a fan of Scandi Crime. Outstanding! The first chapter had me hooked on the case and the second chapter had me fascinated with the main character, Copenhagen detective Carl Morck. Usually I'm into the serial killer type of crimes but this case involves a kidnapping/missing persons case that is incredibly taut and gripping. Carl Morck has just come back to work after being in a shoot-out where he was injured and each of his two partners were either killed or seriously impaired for life. Carl has never been a lovable guy and this emotional event has not helped matters. He is sent to the basement, given his own department, Department Q, where he will work on cold cases. The first one that he and his Syrian assistant choose is that of the missing persons case of a prominent young female politician who has been missing, presumed accidentally drowned, five years ago. But Carl and Assad find out that many things were not properly investigated at the time. Everyone assumes that she is dead, but Merete isn't dead and won't be until her kidnapper's appointed time of execution. Carl is a flawed character with many problems but one that the reader routes for and agrees with as he fights against the establishment. His Syrian assistant, Assad, is both comic relief and a very intriguing character as he demonstrates great insight into detective work and has amazing contacts and capabilities which provoke interest in his mysterious past. Carl and Assad make a great team, their opposing characters bounce off each other as each gains great respect for the other. The case was fabulous! Everything one can want in a thriller. Full of twists and turns and fantastic descriptions of the victim's suffering. The point of view alternates between the present with Carl investigating the disappearance and with the past as we watch what happened to the victim unfold until the years meet up with the present. I must admit I guessed "whodunit" *very* early in the book, not from any clues, just simply because it felt like a logical surmise. This didn't spoil my reading one bit though as all the twisting and plot reveals only unfolded into an amazingly unguessable plot that put everything together in a very satisfying story for me. I can't wait for the next book which will be called Disgrace in the UK.
Date published: 2011-09-04

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

"Far from being just another morose Nordic crime writer, Adler-Olsen creates a detective whose curiosity is as active as his soul is tortured. The villain is a monster and the crime horrendous, but readers will root for the victim and for the belabored Department Q. This absorbing psychological thriller is recommended not only for fans of Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, and Stieg Larsson but for true crime aficionados who might like to try fiction." — Library Journal, (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." — C.J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of Cold Wind"Gripping storytelling." — The Guardian"Jussi Adler-Olsen tells his stories as wickedly as Dean Koontz and has his detectives work as hard as Stieg Larsson." — Jydske Vestkysten (Denmark)"This novel is for every Scandinavian crime fiction fan a must-read!" — Hannoversche Allgemeine (Germany)"As impressive as it is unnerving." — The Independent"An unusually fine and extremely fascinating thriller, which will keep you breathless till the very last page." —