Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
Genre: Thriller, Department Q Series #1
Personal Rating: 4.25/5 (very good +)
Yearly Count: 57
The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler-Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl Morck, who used to be a good homicide detective-one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself.
So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects.
But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she's dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he's wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process.
Because she isn't dead . . . yet.
The audioread of this book is another case of the second in the series (ARC) landing in my hands. That prompted a jumpstart on the first, and once again, I'm so happy to have gotten that push because this was a winner. Originally I received the ebook from NetGalley, but wasn't able to get to it in time. Since then, I purchased the book, but actually ended up listening to the audiobook. Go figure!
The two main characters, Carl and his assistant Assad, are flawed, quirky, interesting and intriguing. After some bumbling, they begin to find their way as a team. The police department has its own ups and downs with Carl, but both characters have backgrounds that I'm looking forward to being exposed.
The cold case of Merete, the missing politician, was told in present time (2007) as Carl and Assad investigate old and new leads, as well as, in the past (2002) when Merete first disappeared. The flashback was done very well, and I was eager to get back to both parts of the plot. Thankfully, I have The Absent One (Series #2) already in my possession, because I'm ready for more!
My thanks go to Penguin Group and NetGalley for sending me this eGalley.