The Keeper of Lost Causes

The Keeper of Lost Causes

Book - 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: 9780525952480
Characteristics: 396 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hartford, Lisa
Call Number: ADLER-OLSEN, J


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May 10, 2020

This is the first of the Dept. Q Danish cop series and also the first of the series that I have read. I have seen a DVD but did not remember much about it except for the main guys name (Carl Morck). This was a very good book and I look forward to reading more of the series. Assad is for sure the best character and I also am curious as to his background. I thought I had figured out the bad guy early and I was correct! Usually, I am off base. I recommend this book and this series.

Jul 27, 2019

There were parts of this book I really loved ... and parts I didn't. I LOVED Assad, the quirky, Middle-Eastern immigrant hired to be Mørck’s office cleaner-coffee fetcher-driver. Instead, he becomes an unofficial assistant-investigator who not only chooses the case to be worked on but goads Mørck into actually working on it. As the story moves along, it becomes obvious that Assad is much more than he seems - and part of that includes a brilliant knack for detective work. If this series featured Assad as the main character, I'd be putting my life on hold so that I could read every book as quickly as possible!! Unfortunately, I didn't like Mørck NEARLY as well. Also, the book reeeally dragged in places in my opinion.

Mar 05, 2019

One more time here is a story about defaulter detective who unexpectedly solves a crime from the past.
Obviously author is interested in Danish politics and their intrigues, as he describes in details some aspects of political life in Denmark.
The story of survival of a victim is a little unrealistic.

Feb 20, 2019

Hold for later.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Jan 18, 2019

You want it darker - Denmark's Adler-Olsen has taken over the mantle of dark Scandinavian murder mystery from Stieg Larsson. There's no Lisbeth Salander equivalent but Assad has his own mysterious ways of assisting Carl Morck.

As a mystery reader and audiobook fan, I love it when both combine to create the perfect literary experience. The Keeper of Lost Causes, and other works by Jussi Adler-Olsen, are available in four formats but I highly recommend the audio narrated by Erik Davies. The Keeper of Lost Causes introduces Carl Morck, a crusty Danish cop who’s recovering from a brutal shootout that has left one of his partners dead and the other paralyzed. Unpopular with his peers, Carl is assigned to lead the newly created Department Q in Copenhagen to work on cold cases. There he battles his superiors, his guilt, personal life, and the complex, years-old case involving the disappearance of a young female politician.

All the characters, from the victim to Morck and his quirky team, quickly develop into people you want to know more about. None disappoint as they lead you through a satisfying plot to a knuckle-whitening conclusion. The great news is that there are more titles in this series, all equally as enthralling. (Submitted by Pippa)

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

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