The Keeper of Lost Causes

The Keeper of Lost Causes

eBook - 2011
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Chief detective Carl Mørck, recovering from what he thought was a career-destroying gunshot wound, is relegated to cold cases and becomes immersed in the five-year disappearance of a politician.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2011
ISBN: 9781101540657
Characteristics: 1 online resource (396 p.)
Additional Contributors: Hartford, Lisa


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For lovers of Stieg Larsson, this Danish mystery writer has created a memorable lead detective who is burnt out and disenchanted, until he is paired with a dynamic new partner and set on the trail of cold cases.

For lovers of Stieg Larsson, this Danish mystery writer has created a memorable lead detective who is burnt out and disenchanted, until he is paired with a dynamic new partner and set on the trail of cold cases.

For fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this "big, leisurely Scandinavian thriller with dark hints of conspiracy" might fit the bill.

After a nearly career-ending injury, Chief Detective Carl Mørck is given solo control of Department Q, the high-profile cold cases, housed in the station basement. The supposed department janitor and driver, Assad, soon becomes the driving force in keeping Carl from sliding into lethargy, and it ... Read More »

Carl Mørck used to be one of Copenhagen’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 ... Read More »

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DPLchandra Apr 03, 2018

As a huge Scandinavian crime novel nerd, I was so excited to find another great author. Like most murder mysteries in this genre, it is dark. It is also intense, thought-provoking and has twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. Carl Merck is a great complicated and conflicted character.

Dec 11, 2017

I borrowed the DVD first – The Q Trilogy that covers the first three novels by Dane Jussi Adler-Olsen and it was very good, so I thought I’d read the books. I’ve read all of the novels by Norwegian Jo Nesbo with detective Harry Hole. Nesbo gets a bit sidetracked at times or at least the mystery gets a bit sidetracked by sending Hole to exotic locations and making the character a bit too hip for the storyline. I read the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Swedish author Stieg Larsson (and borrowed the DVD as well but didn’t love that storyline much.) The Q books involve a Danish detective and the first book is very good. Of course you get more details about the main characters in the book than you do in the DVD. Especially in this first novel, Carl Morck is fleshed out and his assistant Assad is an evolving mystery, he is originally from Syria and he seems to have a keen, intuitive mind that surprises Morck. The two of them are Department Q whose sole task is to investigate cold cases (unsolved police investigations). The police brass created the department to basically get rid of or hide Morck and Assad in the basement with 20 year old cases, but they are surprisingly adept at their job. Book 1 is an easy read if you enjoy police mysteries and you will want to read more! They are currently filming book 4, so get reading or watch the DVD!

Jul 15, 2017

It seems to me that there are an overwhelming number of these noir, police procedural novels with an irascible detective who has no friends on the force and is disliked by the bosses who would like to be rid of him;/her. I always find it hard to be patient with these intentionally unlikable characters. They act against their own best interests and they alienate everyone they come into contact with. In this case. the protagonist slowly comes to realize the immigrant who is assigned to be essentially a janitor for his newly formed department (designed to get rid of him) is a very talented researcher with an intuitive grasp of what might be important info. This story built to unbearable tension; in fact, it was so tense that I finally skipped ahead a few time to bypass the scary tension. Good plot line but I am getting tired of the characterization.

Natillez Jul 13, 2017

I love this noir detective series and the characters make me laugh

Jun 19, 2017

Absolutely loved this series and you can now catch 3 of the books made into movies on Netflix!

May 08, 2017

I have been a huge fan of Nordic Noir for about six years and have read most of the authors around. Jussi Adler-Olsen stands out for me because I really enjoy the curmudgeonly Copenhagen detective Carl Morck and his unflappable sidekick Assad, whose mysterious origins are revealed as the series progresses. In an attempt to segregate and dispirit the prickly detective, management has relegated him to a basement office and given him the impossible task of reviving cold cases. The disappearance of a young and attractive politician begins to give up clues as Morck and Assad chip away at the politician's past. These books do not spare you the grisly details, but beginning with The Keeper of Lost Causes, they provide a suspenseful read that will have you up way past your bed-time.

Nov 11, 2016

Very interesting main character with the European atmosphere and flair that nobody in America can imitate. It looks like Carl and Assad have a long career ahead of them. Definitely recommend this one

Nov 07, 2016

DANISH POLICE PROCEDURAL. The first book in the Department Q series

Aug 16, 2016

I like these Scandinavian crime writers. They are good no doubt. Carl from 'keeper of lost Causes' is my new (2016) favorite detective. Adler-Olsen has put together a good supporting cast with Assad and others. I've ordered up the next books and am ready for a Scandinavian five-six book thriller.

Oct 12, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. When DCI Carl Morck is involved in an incident that left one colleague dead and another paralyzed he ends up all by himself in a basement office investigating cold cases. Well, not quite by himself. Assad, a Syrian immigrant, is available at first to do cleaning, but he quickly joins the investigation. Told with humor and compassion (you do have to overlook some ridiculous and borderline offensive comments about women) Carl struggles with the lingering affects of the shooting (both physical and psychological) while investigating the disappearance of a government official. Onward to the next in the series.

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