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The #1 international bestseller from Jussi Adler-Olsen, author of The Absent One

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 of Copenhagen’s coldest 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.

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The Keeper of Lost Causes: A Department Q Novel
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One of the best thrillers I have read
April 1st, 2015
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.
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The keeper of lost causes
March 31st, 2015
Engrossing. Difficult to put down. Interesting characters. Occasionally s bit slow but rarely. I'll be looking for more by this auther.
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Great Start to a Series!
November 6th, 2014
Enjoyable from start to finish. The writing style leaves you wanting to read on. Looking forward to reading more in the "Q" series.
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The Keeper of Lost Causes
September 27th, 2014
Fabulous mystery one of the best! Love this Danish author!
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The Keeper of Lost Causes
September 27th, 2014
Fabulous mystery one of the best! Love this Danish author!
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The Keeper of Lost Causes
September 27th, 2014
Fabulous mystery one of the best! Love this Danish author!
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The Keeper of Lost Causes
September 16th, 2014
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.
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The Keeper of Lost Causes
July 19th, 2014
A great read. A true page turner.
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The keeper of Lost Causes:Department
June 7th, 2014
A good intro to the series. A little too fanciful perhaps, Nesbo's not worried, but worth seeing where the stories go next.
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The keeper of lost causes
January 8th, 2014
Not a bad book ,l think I will try another of his to get into the characters more I liked his assistance the best.
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Amazing!
October 28th, 2013
Page turning read! I loved every minute of it!
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Loved it.
March 6th, 2013
This is the first book in a while that's managed to grab and keep my attention from beginning to end! Thoroughly enjoyed it!
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