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review 2014-01-24 19:07
The Keeper of Lost Causes
The Keeper of Lost Causes: A Department Q Novel - Jussi Adler-Olsen

Original title: Kvinden i buret


This is the first book in Jussi Alder-Olsen's Q-series concerning Danish police detective Carl Morck. I have to admit, I always liked reading Scandinavian detectives a lot. But after years of reading them, I grew a bit tired. Had they first been very new and not as cliché as most US/UK detectives, I got very used to the Scandinavian theme as well. 


But this book was different, I really enjoyed it. It was an easy read, but very nice and with a lot of suspense in it.

That cage really was terrifying!

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I've ever since reading this book planned to read the rest of this series, but so far, I've only read the second book.


Note: I read a Dutch translation of this book

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review 2012-01-01 00:00
Kvinden i buret (Afdeling Q)
Kvinden i buret (Afdeling Q) - Jussi Adl... Kvinden i buret (Afdeling Q) - Jussi Adler-Olsen I finally read my first Jussi Adler-Olsen book. It wasn't what I ecpectd at all. I thought it would be an action packed crime book, but that wasn't what I got. The plot was predictable, and you kind of knew who the suspect was at page 150. At least I knew that X probably had something to do with it all. Seeing it that way, this wasn't anything special or exciting, and I found that you had to read a good part of the book before the crime-ish stuff started happening.

The writing stile in this book was very original. So much humor! I loved the way everything was told as it was and nothing more. The way Assad talks is amazingly written! That was one of the things I loved about this book. And Carl Mørck... A lot can be said about him, but really, he isn't stupid! The idea that we're following more cases at once is working really well. I thought it'd be confusing, but Adler-Olsen managed to guide me through it. Even though there are a lot of characters, it's an easy read - normally I get confused a lot if there are more characters to keep track of, but that wasn't the case with this book.

I had a lot of fun reading this book. It wasn't the plot, but the writing style that did it for me.
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review 2010-01-06 00:00
Kvinden i buret (Afdeling Q) - Jussi Adl... Kvinden i buret (Afdeling Q) - Jussi Adler-Olsen This is a 4.5 star book.I've found a new author to look out for. Jussi Adler-Olsen writes excellent page-turners, and so far I've been very impressed by his books.A beautiful winterday in 2002 the young, ambitious politician Merete Lynggaard disappears completely. The media jump on the story and headlines guess everything from murder or suicide to a deliberate disappearance. The police immediately start an elaborate search, but with no results. Merete Lynggaard is nowhere to be found.Five years later, Carl Mørck is made head of the new police department for 'Cases of special importance', and picks up the Merete Lynggaard case again. A seemingly innocent remark turns out to be a new clue, and soon he and his assistant Assad are on the hunt of a ruthless criminal with an insane plan. The question is whether they're in time to prevent the hideous outcome, or if they'll be victims as well.Jussi Adler-Olsen writes both from the POV of Carl Mørck and Merete Lynggaard which makes for a more interesting read, than if we had just gotten one of the stories. It starts a bit slowly, as he sets up his characters and the universe, but quickly picks up pace and keeps it high for the rest of the book.It's not really meant to be a 'whodunnit' (I'd guessed the identity of the criminal before it was revealed), but more a psychological thriller. I was shocked by the thought of being kept captive for 5 years with nothing for company but your own thoughts. I think I'd go mad!Excellent book. I'm looking forward to reading more of his work.
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