The Absent One

The Absent One

Book - 2012
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2012
ISBN: 9780525952893
Branch Call Number: M ADL
Characteristics: 406 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Semmel, K. E.

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jnewday
Aug 20, 2016

Fascinating journey into the depths of depraved behavior by a group of schoolmates. Their brutal obsessions threaten to dismantle lives of privilege and power. One them is not on that public stage, she remains in her own world, hidden, yet resourceful, a survivor of and participant in many violent escapades.

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lpreston214
Nov 04, 2015

Another good book in the series. When a file from a supposedly solved crime appears on Carl's desk he feels compelled to investigate in spite of being told not to. Needless to say, a whole can of worms is opened including Clockwork Orange-like rampages, animal cruelty and an old boarding school network of cover-up. An action packed finish.

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blackburn427
Sep 23, 2015

This is the 2nd book in the Department Q series. This is the story of a gang of friends that commit horribly violent crimes as Detective Morck tries to pinpoint exactly who these criminals are in order to put them away. I'd recommend skipping this book and going straight to Book 3 (A Conspiracy of Faith) which is amazing. Adler-Olsen gives too much of the plot away when changing between different characters' points of view which takes away a lot of the fun and the last 200 pages kind of drag on. Not his best work but I still love the series.

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c210flyer
Apr 12, 2015

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. I wasn't real enthused about this one. Maybe something got lost in the translation. 5 of 10 for me.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 11, 2014

Even better than his first book! The people in Department Q (and on the upper floors) are starting to reveal their true selves, and we are learning more about their past. Although Carl is dealing with some truly vile serial killers this time, Kimmie is a thorough study in how mental illness can sometimes be traced to events as well as genetic predisposition. She is a very likable person and draws pity despite what she has done.

Department Q is growing, and Carl's personal life is getting more complicated, and the end of the book creates a feeling that the next installment will be even more exciting--and frustrating!

Gratuitous cruelty with no literary merit. I don't know why Ottawa Library is holding books by this author.

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StarGladiator
Jul 28, 2014

A very good book, and Carl Mørck is the only nicotine freak I have ever liked! Not the best translation, unfortunately, so some items don't come off sounding as funny as in the original dansk, but still a good read.

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Terre9
Jan 28, 2014

No cozy mystery here. The second book in the Department Q series which needs to be read in order to fully understand the development of the characters. Like other Scandinavian mystery series this one is dark and will appeal to those who enjoy psychological intrigue.

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mightyfeisty
Jan 26, 2014

I'm not loving this book. Characters are flat for the most part. The whole thing seems stiff, awkward. Some of it could be the translation.

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GrandCru
Dec 16, 2013

I enjoyed 'keeper of lost causes' much more. various situations make me wonder if this wasn't written prior to 'keeper' ?

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