Posted by Book Mavens on November 18th, 2011
Title: The Keeper of Lost Causes
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
Publisher: Dutton, 2011 (originally published in Britain with the title “Mercy” by Penguin Books)
Summary: Ever since Stieg Larsson’s wildly popular “Millennium Trilogy,” it seems that any crime/mystery writer that hails from Scandinavian can’t escape being held up in comparison. It does seem, though, that Jussi Adler-Oslen has what it takes to live up to the promise of being the next Stieg Larsson. “The Keeper of Lost Causes” is a police procedural that is suspenseful, well-written and sufficiently creepy enough to keep the reader on edge all the way to the end.
“Keeper” is the first novel in a planned series by Adler-Olsen entitled “Department Q,” which also happens to be the name of a newly-created “unsolved crimes” squad of the Copenhagen Police Department in the book. Carl Morck, our flawed and surly lead detective, has been appointed head of Dept. Q, mostly to get him out of the way. He’s still recovering from being wounded in a shootout that left his best friend dead and another colleague paralyzed. So when he’s placed in charge of the department, he’s less than enthusiastic. His lone assistant, Assad, seems more mysterious than anything else, although it isn’t long before Assad proves to be quite the capable detective, which only adds to the mystery about him. Banished to the basement with stacks of cold case files, Morck and Assad begin to investigate the case of Merete Lynggaard, a beautiful politician who disappeared five years earlier. What follows is a chilling and gripping thriller that is entertaining, disturbing and completely satisfying – and will leave you anxiously awaiting the next installment.
Who will like this book? Fans of Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell.
Recommended by: Mary, Branch Reference
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