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The Absent One

Format:  Hardcover,

406 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Aug 2012

ISBN-13: 9780525952893

ISBN-10: 0525952896

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"New York Times" bestseller Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with the second book in his electrifying Department Q series.
In "The Keeper of Lost Causes, "Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Morck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen's coldest cases. The result wasn't what Morck--or readers--expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen's shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Morck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he's naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects--part of a group of privileged boarding-school students--confessed and was convicted.
But once Morck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren't the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried . . . as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head.
Every bit as pulse-pounding as the book that launched the series, "The Absent One" delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world's premier thriller writers.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Aug 2012
ISBN-13: 9780525952893
ISBN-10: 0525952896
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 406
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.38
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of Adler-Olsen, Jussi

Jussi Henry Adler-Olsen was born in 1950 in Copenhagen. After graduating from the state school in Rdovre, he studied medicine, sociology and film making. In the late 1970's, he worked in various areas of publishing including cartoon-scripting, proof-reading and journalism. He went on to write two books about Groucho Marx (1984-1985). His first successful novel, Alfabethuset (The Alphabet House), followed in 1997. It tells the story of two British pilots on a secret mission who are shot down in Germany during World War II. It was followed in 2002 by Og hun takkede gud erne (The Company Basher), a thriller set in Iraq in which an Indonesian specialist in destroying large corporations is persuaded to bring down an oil company.

In 2006, Washington Dekretet (The Washington Decree) begins with the assassination of the Democratic front-runner on the eve of an American presidential election. His first novels in the crime-thriller series about Department Q, Kvinden i buret (The Woman in the Cage, US title -The Keeper of Lost Causes) and Fasandrberne (Disgrace) were published in 2007 and 2008. Both are set in Denmark where they increased his popularity, appearing at the top of bestseller lists. Then followed Flaskepost fra P (Message in a Bottle) in 2009, and Department Q book, Journal 64, was published in 2010. His title Absent One made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-07-13)

In the second installation of his "Department Q" novels, Adler-Olsen (The Keeper of Lost Causes) brings Det. Carl Morck out of the basement and back onto the streets of Copenhagen. Twenty years ago, a brother and sister were sadistically tortured and murdered in their family's cabin. The original suspects (boarding school gang members) are from highly influential and wealthy families, most of whom have grown into elite and untouchable millionaires.

After being turned on aggressively by the others, Kimmie, the only female of the group, has gone off the radar and threatens all that the men hold dear-and Morck is on a mission to find her, no matter the odds.

Verdict: Adler-Olsen has created a wonderful addition to the detective fiction genre in his sleuth. Morck is a tenacious, hard-hitting force who can't be diverted from his case. Readers of detective fiction, international crime fiction, and suspense fiction will highly enjoy this thriller. While the book can be read as a stand-alone novel, readers will be unable to resist seeking out and devouring the first and subsequent series titles.

-Jennifer Funk, McKendree Univ. Lib., Lebanon, IL

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

New York Times bestseller Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with the second book in his electrifying Department Q series.

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mrck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen's coldest cases. The result wasn't what Mrck--or readers--expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen's shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mrck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he's naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects--part of a group of privileged boarding-school students--confessed and was convicted.

But once Mrck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren't the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried... as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head.

Every bit as pulse-pounding as the book that launched the series, The Absent One delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world's premier thriller writers.

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