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The Keeper of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel (A Department Q Novel #1) (Paperback)
"This novel is the first in a series that you will grow to love. Carl Morck, recovered from an ambush that left one partner dead and another paralyzed, becomes head of Department Q, ostensibly a cold-case squad. His first case tackles the mystery behind the disappearance of a politician several years ago. The dark atmosphere of Scandinavian fiction mixes well with surprise humor, for the book is filled with quirky characters and unexpected developments that combine elements of both. It is certainly something different than what you’d expect from the genre and a book you won’t soon forget."
September 2011 Indie Next List
“Chief Detective Carl Morck doesn't play by the book, but he has been successful at solving Denmark's most difficult homicide cases. When a bullet almost takes his life and two of his partners are not so lucky, he changes his outlook. Being assigned to work on cold cases satisfies his need to do nothing, but his request for an assistant interferes with his apathy. Adler-Olsen has created a hero with a keen sense of both humor and honor, an assistant who is clever and determined, and a case that keeps the clues coming but won't be solved until the last page.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
Get to know the detective in charge of Copenhagen's coldest cases in the first electrifying Department Q mystery 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.
About the Author
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 Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg.
Praise for The Keeper of Lost Causes
“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. Box
More 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