review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Jussi Adler-OlsenIller is still there and in a blaze of gunfire all three detectives are shot One dead one paralyzed from the neck down and Carl with a grazed head Things happened so fast that Carl didn t even have a chance to pull his weapon When he replays what happened frame by frame in his head he realizes he did have time He froze He is cleared but the guilt hangs like a shroud over everything he does Carl is lonely and when an attractive female walks across his vision he has to reel his tongue back in He is especially attracted to married women Adler Olsen didn t really explore that in depth but it does make me wonder if part of their attraction for Carl is their nattainability or maybe he is attracted to older women likely to be married If you listen carefully you might actually hear the thump nder Carl s desk as the sexy psychiatrist Mona Ibsen walks into his office Mona Ibsen sat down across from him The light from outside on Otto Monsteds Gade shone on the back of her neck creating a halo around her head the soft light revealed delicate lines on her face her lips were sensual and a deep red Everything about her signaled high class Carl locked eyes with her so as not to dwell on her voluptuous breasts Nothing in the world could make him want to break out of the state he was in I think that state is called lust Carl I had to put my hands over my eyes during the rest of this scene He mucks things p so badly you d think he d never talked to a woman before in his life Jussi Adler Olsen even looks like a guy who just wrote a really good bookThis book is a slow burn If you have read Scandinavian books before you will expect this I think it was around 130 pages that the book really hooked me The book switches between Merete before 2007 and Carl investigating her cold case in 2007 As the plot picks p momentum and we learn and about what has happened to Merete you will find yourself on the edge of your seat You will find yourself despite his best efforts to start to like Carl You will wonder if some woman will take pity on Carl and haul his ashes By the end you will already be looking for volume two in the Department series Another Nordic noir This is the first of a seven book Danish series about Deputy Superintendent Carl Morck It s a police proceduralLike all fictional detectives Morck has his issues He s in the process of getting divorced although he still sees his wife and she likes to tell him about her young lovers He s blunt in the romance department always hitting on the wrong woman especially ones wearing a wedding ring He s also psychologically damaged from a recent incident where he feels responsible for the death of one of his colleagues and the paralysis of another He wasn t able to draw his weapon and can t open p to the police psychologist He has panic attacks Some of his colleagues blame him for the incident So he has been kicked pstairs actually to the basement to work on cold cases with a Syrian partner who provides insight into the case as well as humorThe first cold case he works on the subject of the book is truly bizarre A
Female Danish Member Of Parliament Has Been Missing For FiveDanish member of parliament has been missing for five We know from the beginning she is still alive and being held in solitary confinement in an air pressurized chamber in retribution for something she did as a child She doesn t know what The parliament member had been involved in an auto accident as a girl that killed her parents and gave her younger brother brain damage The police investigation in which she disappeared off of a ferry boat was badly botched years ago The police simply assume she had jumped or fallen off the ferry and drowned Little by little Morck solves the caseI thought it was a good read and it kept my attention all the way through The dozen or so chapters that deal with the captive woman s psychological state could be shorter and less repetitive But still a good story Copenhagen from creativeboomcomThe author from billedbladetdk Danish detective Carl Morck is physically and psychologically damaged after an attempted arrest resulted in the death of one of his partners and the paralysis of another The homicide suad doesn t want to work with the difficult detective so he s promoted to head of Department which is tasked with looking into cold cases from all over Denmark Department is given a bare bones space in the cluttered basement and Carl is given one employee Syrian immigrant Assad who s officially a sort of janitor Assad however turns out to be a man of many talents and a gifted detective In fact he s one of the most amusing and interesting characters in the story After futzing around for weeks drinking coffee goofing off and ignoring the cold case files on his desk Carl is forced to show some progress in his investigations Thus he decides to look into the disappearance five years before of Merete Lynggaard of the Social Democratic Party who vanished from a ferry she was taking with her handicapped brother Merete s body was never found and "her fate is a complete mystery to the cops In reality Merete "fate is a complete mystery to the cops In reality Merete being held prisoner nder appalling conditions for reasons she can t fathom The story jumps back and forth between Merete s kidnapping starting in 2002 and what s going on in 2007 during Morck s new investigation Morck is an intuitive detective perhaps the best in the homicide department and with the help of Assad he gathers much new information about Merete s vanishing A lot of the new details should have been discovered by the original investigators whom Carl fre. Department is a department of one and Carl’s got only a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases for company His colleagues snicker but Carl may have the last laugh because one file keeps nagging at him a liberal politician vanished. Who is he reallyWhat s in the Scandinavian Water There are so many good mysteries appearing by Scandinavian writers recently Why are they just now being translated into English I don t think I ve run into a better detective duo than Carl a policeman of many years experience and his sidekick Assad who he supposedly hired to clean the office Assad says he s an emigrant from Syria where he Fucking Trans Women used to be a taxi driver but he seems to have skills that not many cabbies could claim He s able to get documents examined and deciphered with the help of friends with special skills but no names And they do itickly and accurately than the police department He Slavery Reborn uses his charm to get co worker s help and allegiance where the cantankerous Carl fails He notices and remembers things that Carl misses The funniest parts are when Carlnderestimates Assad though it s You Can Make Anything Sad understandable because of Assad s mad skills at coming across as a hapless charmer with a wide toothed grin It s a perfect way for him to hide in plain sight He s always cheerful whistling or singing as he scrubs the office and then drops a clue that explodes the case This book is about the journey and less about the ending In fact Adler Olsen let s you in on the probable ending right as the story opens but there are many twists and turns along the way that propel you to keep turning pages In my opinion this is notite in the category of Larsson s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but it s immensely entertaining Hey look Another gruff male detective with a crazy ex I wonder if he s experienced some prior trauma in the line of duty Oh he has I wonder if he s an outcast in his department Oh he is I wonder if he flouts protocol and pushes boundaries Oh he does I wonder if all the female characters are repeatedly defined by their physical appearance or presumed sexuality Oh they are Fantastic Now I ve got something I can recommend to readers who are interested in cliches sexism and misogyny So Stieg Larson has drawn me into the world of Scandinavian sleuths Jussi Adler Olsen has created a wonderfully weird detective in Carl Morck who is so damaged mentally that the Copenhagen police department has deep sixed him in the one man investigative Life Leverage unit Department His job is to thaw out cold cases And he does it brilliantly with the help of a fascinating sidekick Assad a Syrian immigrant with a suitcase of mysterious skills Together they find out what ever happened to a popular politician gone missing I recommend that you throw in your reading time with keeper of lost causes It will not be lost hours Sherry Roberts author of Book of Mercy and Maud s House She d been lying on the floor thinking about books That was something she often did in order not to think about the life she might have had if only she d made different choices When she thought about books she could move into a whole different world Just remembering the feeling of the dry surface and inexplicable roughness of the paper could ignite a blaze of yearning inside of her The scent of evaporated cellulose and printer s ink Thousands of times now she d sent her thoughts into her imaginary library and selected the only book in the world that she knew she could recall without embellishing itA philosophical little bear named Winnie the Pooh was her salvation her only defense against madness Pooh and all the animals in Hundred Acre Wood Merete could havesed a Pooh and a balloonMerete Lynggaard disappears in 2002 She is a well known political figure and because she is beautiful she is also photographed extensively by a roving band of paparazzi They get paid when it is chilly and her nipples are noticeable through her blouse This is a voyeuresue world Despite her very public professional life she keeps her private lifeprivate She doesn t date even though there are legions of men that would love to spend time with her She has important duties such as getting home to her brother who is afflicted with brain damage suffered in a car accident that also took the lives of their parents She has enemies as do all politicians but would any of them try to hurt herThe book flashes between 2002 and 2007 In 2007 we meet Detective Carl Morck a grumpy depressed at time acerbic man who no one wants to work with When the government insists the Copenhagen police department form a cold case department the Chief of Detectives jumps at the chance to assign Carl to that department which also happens to be in the basementwaywayaway from the rest of the detectives In Department Carl is the darkest dankest corner of the basement of the police departmentJussi Adler Olsen explores the politics inherent in
Any Organization As Theorganization as the tries to keep as much of that government money allocated to Department in a slush fund and Carl Morck starts to Bulbophyllums; the Incomplete Guide, From A to WHY? understand that he has leverage to certainly obtain than what they first gave him for his department In one of his negotiations with the Chief he gets an assistant a Syrian with a dubious passport who is supposed to help clean Department but once Carl discovers how resourceful Assad is he starts tose him to help track down clues and also obtain what he "needs from other departments Assad gets along with people much better than " from other departments Assad gets along with people much better than Now Carl does have some legitimate issues that can account for some of his anti social behavior He has recently returned to work from being shot He and two other detectives were investigating a murder They did not clear the murder scene the way we are Alhambra used to seeing it done on American TV It turns out the Carl Mørcksed to be one of Copenhagen’s best homicide detectives Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops and Carl who didn’t draw his weapon blames himself So a promotion is the last thing he expects But. Ely criticizes and chastises These scenes are amusing and oddly satisfyingAdding to his disaffection Carl has a somewhat complicated private life His estranged wife and her new boyfriend are constantly sponging money off him and his teenage stepson who has elected to live with Carl is a typical adolescent I kind of wished Carl would get a backbone give his stepson back to mom and lock p his wallet but I suppose it s all part of Carl s story In addition Carl has a crush on the new counselorpsychologist in the police department and rather embarrasses himself The villains in the story behave in a horrific fashion but they re clever and their complex plan was well thought out As Carl gets closer to finding Merete her time may just be running out and there s a dramatic suspenseful climax The characters in the book are well portrayed and believable if you accept that some people behave monstrously and the story is engaging I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers and look forward to reading of this author s work You can follow my reviews at Everything can change in an instantThis seems to be the overwhelming message left by author Jussi Adler Olsen in his 2007 novel The Keeper of Lost Causes publ Book one in a series set in Denmark featuring Detective Inspector Carl Morck a man who believes he has exhausted his interest in his job and just wants to sit out the remaining years to his retirement A series of events puts him in charge of a newly established cold case department he gets an extremely interesting assistant he finds a case which does interest him and things go from thereI enjoyed it enormously I found Carl s attitude amusing and his sarcastic comments made me laugh out loud Assad was an absolute delight and goodness knows what else we are going to find out about himThe suspense was absolutely gripping especially towards the end when the two intrepid heroes were p against a countdown which they were Its a Lat Lat Lat Lat World unaware of but the reader knew about I so wanted to take aick peek at the final pages to settle my nerves but I restrained myself and just read fasterSo a good story lots of interesting police work great characters humour suspense what could I ask for Recommended Imagine if the brooding detective Kurt Wallander from the Henning Mankell series accidentally wandered into the plot of a Stieg Larsson novel and you d have a pretty good idea of what this book is like Unfortunately we don t get a new Salander but we do get a pretty interesting and flawed character in Carl Morck Morck is a Danish police detective who survived being shot in the head during an attack that left another detective dead and one paralyzed While Morck has returned to duty he s so depressed and wracked by survivor s guilt that he s barely lifting a finger on his cases and his grumpiness has alienated the other cops His boss decides to take a sour old shot in the head lemon and make "lemonade out of him when national politics force him to create a department "out of him when national politics force him to create a department work on high profile cold cases Morck is promoted to be in charge of the new Department and sent down to
a basement officeat first morck is happy tobasement officeAt first Morck is happy to left alone in the basement where he can smoke all he wants and play computer solitaire all day but when he learns that "The Department Is Using " department is The Infinite Air using money allotted for Department to beefp the homicide division he demands a piece of the action including a department car getting the basement fixed The Spill up and his own assistant to make the coffee and do the shit work However he gets than just someone to answer the phone with Assad a Syrian immigrant who is curious about the case files When the political pressure to show some progress mounts Morck reluctantly endsp looking into the mysterious disappearance of a beautiful female politician Merete Lynggaard who vanished five years before In a parallel story we learn what happened to Merete and her horrible fateThere was a lot I found intriguing about this book The Morck character and the set Pandoras Planet up of him being exiled to Department was an interesting idea and I really liked this grumpy guilt ridden detective with a messy personal life I also loved the dynamic between him and Assad with the bright and curious assistant messingp Morck s plans to sit Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? uietly in the basement and smoke some cigarettes Assad can read a case file and comep with legitimate deductions and How To Win At Casino Gambling uestions but while he s smart enough to track down a long missing piece of critical evidence he doesn t know any better than to handle it once he finds it Unfortunately Morck s messy personal life seemed to be a bit much after a while He keeps getting phone calls and giving money to his estranged wife and after a while you just want to scream at him to get a divorce lawyer and change his number While the circumstances of Merete s abduction and her circumstances are disturbing and horrible I figured out the villain s motive early in the book so that was pretty obvious Plus after a while Merete s predicament starts to go over the top and takes a turn onto Torture Porn Avenue and that s not a neighborhood I like visitingStill despite some clunky writing which could be a translation issue I liked Morck and Assad and I found the basic premise intriguing I ve also got a big streak of Danish heritage but know almost nothing about Denmark so it was fun to soakp a little of the old home country in a better than average crime thriller B 78% Good Notes Characters gush ad nauseam about the victim s beauty I suppose to make her victimization seem all the tragic. Five years earlier and is presumed dead But she isn’t dead yetDarkly humorous propulsive and atmospheric The Keeper of Lost Causes introduces American readers to the mega bestselling series fast becoming an international sensatio.