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The Absent One (Department Q Series #2)

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Like his first book, The Keeper of Lost Causes, it had me from t

Like his first book, The Keeper of Lost Causes, it had me from the first page. I tore through this book. I love his characters, his wit and style. While there are probably not too many surprises, the journey to the results are fantastic!!! I did find out through his w...
Like his first book, The Keeper of Lost Causes, it had me from the first page. I tore through this book. I love his characters, his wit and style. While there are probably not too many surprises, the journey to the results are fantastic!!! I did find out through his website that the next in the series will not be out for a whole year. Tragic!!! Definetly a fan!!!

posted by 9140008 on September 13, 2012

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

When last we saw Carl Morck, he had successfully solved the fiv

When last we saw Carl Morck, he had successfully solved the five year disappearance of a member of the Danish Parliament. His success made the newest department of the Copenhagen Police instantly famous. In the three weeks that have passed since completing that case,...
When last we saw Carl Morck, he had successfully solved the five year disappearance of a member of the Danish Parliament. His success made the newest department of the Copenhagen Police instantly famous. In the three weeks that have passed since completing that case, Detective Inspector Morck has been on holiday. When he arrives back at his subterranean office to continue the work of Department Q, which is to solve cold cases, mysteriously (and the only actual mystery of this book) the case that appears predominately on his desk is 20 years old but there is a person in prison who has admitted to that crime. How did the file come to be on Inspector Morck’s desk? What would be the purpose in looking into a 20 year-0ld case that is already solved?
These questions lead to the solution of the mystery of how the case came to his attention while it prepares the way for the remainder of the work to be filled with the suspense of following where the answers lead the folks of Department Q. When Insp. Morck, “Assistant Assistant Deputy Director” Assad and the new department secretary, Rose, begin to delve into it, it quickly becomes apparent that the case, while technically solved, is far from being successfully closed. Unlike Mr. Adler-Olsen’s first Department Q novel, Keeper of Lost Causes, the reader knows the crimes at the same time as does the hero, but she/he also knows who committed them well before Dept. Q. This book is less mystery than it is a novel of suspense.
The characters are clearly drawn but are shallow and two dimensional; the “good guys” are all but wearing white hats, the criminals are the purest of evil. Given the propensity of the Nordic writers I have read not to have a tidy, clear, “happy,” endings, I was looking forward to seeing if the “evil” so readily evident in the course of the story would be completely thwarted by the novels end. The resolution was satisfactory and fitting, albeit very Nordic. At least two of the plot lines introduced in the first novel are revisited in this second installment with a layer added to one major line that elevated my interest delightfully.
The descriptions of the crimes are often in dreadful detail, the language is somewhat raw and the locations are, suitably (as that is where the story and writer are located), Danish – Copenhagen to be precise – and were therefore alien and difficult to pronounce to this provincial reader. There are many humorous moments amid the tension, particularly in the interactions between Det. Morck, Assad (the department’s bafflingly talented, Middle Eastern newest detective) and Rose, who brings a new meaning to the concept of ADD. Overall, I was not as charmed with Mr. Adler-Olsen’s sophomore novel as was I of his first. As mentioned, the characters are “unfinished,” the villainy too melodramatic and many of the actions taken by the criminals, while plausible, rang hollow and seemed to be more political rant than formative to an otherwise well done storyline.
I do look forward to the third visit with Department Q. There is romance afoot, chivalry renewed and more cases that appear dead until they are taken up by the Department amid the Basement Pipes.

posted by YoyoMitch53 on November 19, 2012

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Intense & fast paced - couldn't put it down!

    Warning - intricate and twisting, allowing the reader to really participate in the discovery but it can be gruesome and quite violent at times! The characters are beautifully developed and multi-dimensional. The recurring characters are wonderful, providing an occasional laugh but don't let them fool you - they have hidden strengths! The secondary story lines offer rich insight into the minds and backgrounds of both Morck and Assad.
    I waited patiently for this title to be released and am now hoping for a third in this series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Like his first book, The Keeper of Lost Causes, it had me from t

    Like his first book, The Keeper of Lost Causes, it had me from the first page. I tore through this book. I love his characters, his wit and style. While there are probably not too many surprises, the journey to the results are fantastic!!! I did find out through his website that the next in the series will not be out for a whole year. Tragic!!! Definetly a fan!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    This book really captured my attention. The characters are fasc

    This book really captured my attention. The characters are fascinating with the right mix of quirkiness and professionalism to get the job done. Although there aren't too many surprises, it was still hard to put down. It has elements of a cross between "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" and "A Clockwork Orange" and yet is totally original.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    I really am enjoying this book. I got hooked on the "Keeper

    I really am enjoying this book. I got hooked on the "Keeper of Lost Causes" Love the characters. I hope more books in the series will be translated by Lisa Hartford, as she clearly contributes to the flavor of the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2012

    Very recommended

    Loved this book. Reading left me wondering what was happening all through the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    One of my favorite authors in the crime novel world.

    This is my second book by Adler-Olsen. Will read all novels in the Departmnet Q series. Never boring, interesting characters. Some may not like the settings not being in America but then you get a window into crime solving in a different country.

    I am a picky reader, don't always read best-sellers or trendy books or novels written in a series but Adler-Olsen keeps me interested.

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