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: 9781101543535
1101543531
9781101540657
1101540656
Characteristics: 1 online resource (396 p.)
Additional Contributors: Hartford, Lisa

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Rubicat
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

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Debbr2
Jun 19, 2017

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

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D_Kyle
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.

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rahmmie
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

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maipenrai
Nov 07, 2016

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

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dveronda
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.

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lpreston214
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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blackburn427
Sep 23, 2015

This is a great mystery novel. I read the book more than ten months ago and I still think of the plot. This is the first book in a series and I'd recommend reading this first to get to know the characters. I think the author does a great job developing the characters. He had a great sense of humor while providing an engaging detective story. I highly recommend!

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LauraSteinert
Oct 09, 2014

Excellent writing, excellent drama. Better than Steig Larson or the Keplers because it avoids graphic torture, but the tension is still there.

I cannot wait to find out who Assid really is--I am sure it will unfold very slowly. Carl is burned out; he was so tired of life that he couldn't even draw his weapon to save his partner and his best friend. So wracked with guilt he is nearly catatonic--and as addicted to Spider Solitaire as I am. As he slowly wakes up to life as the book progresses, I keep hoping all will be well for him, but with the press against him, his superiors determined to erase his existence, and his continuing guilt and lethargy, it doesn't seem likely.

The depth of characters is also excellent--reminds me of the crafting of personalities of the Inspector Gamashe/Three Pines series. I have already started on The Absent One and look forward to more.

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