The Absent One
Jussi Adler-Olsen
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The Absent One: A Department Q Novel
Jussi Adler-Olsen
432 pages
May 2013
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Click here to read reviewer Sandie Kirkland's take on The Absent One.

Jussi Adler-Olsen follows up The Keeper of Lost Causes with another novel featuring Carl Morck, head of department Q. Detective Morck is just as feisty, irascible, and borderline anti-social as he was in the previous book. In The Absent One, he investigages a horrible double-murder cold case involving the deaths of a brother and sister many years ago.

What makes the detective so engaging and loveable as a literary character is precisely that he is so unloveable and non-engaged. Readers are transfixed with his inability or simple unwillingness to follow his chain of command or basic social etiquette.

At the heart of everything, however, is Morck's abilities to get the job done. Nothing will keep him from finding the culprit, and it makes no difference to him who might get trampled along the way in his pursuit of justice. This is a different kind of detective story that will keep you on your toes and a smile on your face.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2013

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