Monday, October 17, 2011


My Review:

If at first you don't succeed try, try, again!  I have to admit that I started THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES and stopped about half way through.  I am not sure the reason I quit reading either.  All I know is my desire to finish was so strong that I got the book from the library (after waiting on hold for a LONG time) and started completely over.  I knew that I needed to finish THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES and I am so glad I did. 

THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES takes place in Denmark, which when reading book set in another country and written by a foreign author it is a totally different reading experience.  You are forced to focus more on the details, names and locations more intensely than other reads.  I always do internet research about the country the book is set around.  I look at pictures of the country discussed to give me a better idea of the setting of said book.  It is a wonderful reading experience to step out of the box and read something different and original.  It is nice to broaden your scope and challenge the mind from time-to-time.

I loved both Carl and Assad.  They are quite the unlikely pair, but I loved the strange sense of humor and partnership that formed between them.  The storyline was strong, unpredictable and fast moving.  The plot was brought to a heart pounding peak, which kept you turning pages.  THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES is unforgettable.  I look forward to what will happen next in the series!

I am glad I gave THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES a second chance, because I would have missed out on an exceptional and unique read.

The Keeper of Lost Causes


Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck, 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.
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