The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen

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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.
 

About Jussi Adler-Olsen

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JUSSI ADLER-OLSEN is Denmark's #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe, and he's won many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards, including the Glass Key Award—also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg. He lives in Denmark.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by Plume. 412 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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But aided and abetted by his loyal Syrian assistant, Hafez el-Assad, and his new secretary, Rose Knudsen, assigned to his unit after she failed her police driving test, he continues to build a case against his influential quarry, themselves desperate to track down Kimmie, whose voices have been t...

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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Adler-Olsen, Denmark’s leading crime fiction author, outdoes his outstanding debut, Keeper of Lost Causes, with his second Department Q novel.

Jun 18 2012 | Read Full Review of The Absent One

Examiner

Even though the books haven’t arrived at the Albuquerque library, there are eight readers lined up to get the first five copies of “The Absent One” (Dutton Adult) by Jussi Adler-Olsen.

Jun 21 2012 | Read Full Review of The Absent One

Examiner

“The Absent One” (Dutton Adult) by Jussi Adler-Olsen scored big with Library Journal and with Examiner as “an absorbing psychological thriller.” The reason Examiner likes this one, translated from the Danish by K.E.

Jun 21 2012 | Read Full Review of The Absent One

Book Reporter

The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Detective Carl Mørck is 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 conv...

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Book Reporter

Mørck follows a tiny morsel of a clue to its illogical conclusion, discovers why he has been warned off of the already-solved case (which was not entirely solved at all), and is trying to find Kimmie himself while attempting to get the goods on her former friends.

Aug 24 2012 | Read Full Review of The Absent One

Mysterious Reviews

Review: Department Q was set up to handle cold cases, but the file that has mysteriously landed on detective Carl Mørck's desk is anything but cold: two teenaged siblings murdered twenty years ago, the man responsible, who confessed to the crime, behind bars.

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Spinetingler Magazine

This follow-up novel in the Department Q series, in which Carl Morck made his debut in “The Keeper of Lost Causes,” is quite different from the introductory book.

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