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The Absent One
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The Absent One
Department Q Series, Book 2

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen's coldest cases. The result wasn't what Mørck—or readers—expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen's shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck 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 Mørck 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.

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen's coldest cases. The result wasn't what Mørck—or readers—expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen's shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck 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 Mørck 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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  • Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestselling author. His books, including the Department Q series, routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe and have sold more than fifteen million copies around the world. His many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards include the Glass Key Award, also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg.
    Steven Pacey is the narrator of Mercy, Disgrace, Redemption, Guilt, London Fields, Time's Arrow, The Pregnant Widow, The Information, The Kindness of Women, Miracles of Life, and many other titles. He is also a highly decorated stage actor, performing often at the West End Theatre.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from June 18, 2012
    Adler-Olsen, Denmark’s leading crime fiction author, outdoes his outstanding debut, Keeper of Lost Causes, with his second Department Q novel. No one knows how prickly Copenhagen Deputy Det. Supt. Carl Morck, the head of Department Q, which handles cold cases, received the file about the 1987 murder of an 18-year-old brother and a 17-year-old sister in a summer cottage. At the time suspicion fell on six boarding-school friends, but the police could find no evidence. Nine years later, a member of that group, the only one who had been on scholarship, confessed and went to prison. Morck and his misfit assistants, Assad and Rose, discover that the blood lust of those same students, now wealthy leaders of society, has not abated. These men fear only one thing—a homeless woman who used to be part of their gang. An insightful look at ruthless people seduced by violence and hiding behind their wealth fuels the surprise-filled plot. Morck’s life is never simple, whether it involves office politics, stymied investigations, or guilt over his paralyzed partner. Agent: Sarah Hunt Cooke, international rights director at Penguin UK.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 26, 2012
    In Adler-Olsen’s latest installment of his Department Q series, Copenhagen detective Carl Mørck is drawn into a case that will reveal the darkest sides of the privileged, the depraved, and the dispossessed. Returning from vacation, Mørck is tasked with investigating a previously closed case: the brutal murder of a brother and sister in 1987. In resurrecting the old case, the detective investigates a group of individuals—now successful and influential—who attended boarding school together at the time of the murders. Mørck’s sleuthing soon leads him to Kimmie, a woman who harbors dark
    secrets that could change the lives of her former classmates forever. In this audio edition, narrator Steven Pacey ably brings Adler-Olsen’s intricate mystery to life.
    He lends the characters—the perpetually cranky Mørck, his eager-to-please assistant Assad, or the damaged Kimmie—distinct and absolutely spot-on voices. A Dutton hardcover.

  • AudioFile Magazine Carl M¿rck of Copenhagen's cold case Department Q wonders who has dropped the closed case of a pair of long-ago thrill killings on his desk. The murders were fomented by a clique of spoiled boarding school students, one of whom confessed and is serving time. The rest have grown rich and influential and highly motivated to keep the case ice-cold, but there is an absent member of their group unaccounted for: Kimmie, the only girl, now living on the streets, completely ruined and completely dangerous. With his vivid vocal portraits, Steven Pacey builds a complex world from gated country estate to junkie flophouse while maintaining a heart-pounding momentum. His doomed street urchin, Rat Tina, will haunt you, but then the whole gripping puzzle will. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
  • "Adler-Olsen, Denmark's leading crime fiction author, outdoes his outstanding debut, The Keeper of Lost Causes, with his second Department Q novel."
    Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

    "Adler-Olsen's humor and his...
    "Adler-Olsen, Denmark's leading crime fiction author, outdoes his outstanding debut, The Keeper of Lost Causes, with his second Department Q novel."
    Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

    "Adler-Olsen's humor and his portrayal of Kimmie's sad life make The Absent One stand out among today's flood of Nordic mysteries."
    Kirkus Reviews

    "The Copenhagen-set sequel to The Keeper of Lost Causes is quirky and wry."
    The Sacramento Bee

    "Adler-Olsen has created a wonderful addition to the detective fiction genre...Readers of detective fiction, international crime fiction, and suspense fiction will highly enjoy this thriller."
    Library Journal (starred review)

    "The pages fly by as the twisty puzzle unfolds. Stieg Larsson fans will be delighted."
    Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Keeper of Lost Causes

    "[An] absorbing psychological thriller."
    Library Journal (starred review) on The Keeper of Lost Causes

    "Comparisons [to Stieg Larsson] are inevitable and, while he may lack a Salander, Adler-Olsen's prose is superior to Larsson's, his tortures are less discomfiting, and he has a sense of humor."
    Booklist (starred review) on The Keeper of Lost Causes

    "Plan on putting everything else in your life on hold if you pick up this book."
    The Oregonian on The Keeper of Lost Causes

    "A relentless thrill ride of surprise, shock and terror."
    The Sacramento Bee on The Keeper of Lost Causes

    "The new 'it' boy of Nordic Noir."
    The Times, London on The Keeper of Lost Causes

    "The Keeper of Lost Causes is the one I'd be most eager-and most reluctant-to loan."
    The Boston Globe on The Keeper of Lost Causes

    "The Keeper of Lost Causes is dark, atmospheric, and compelling. Those who loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will devour this book."
    — C.J. Box
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