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The Absent Oneby 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.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A British bestseller comes to American shores
British mystery fans are well acquainted with David Raker, missing-persons investigator and star of Tim Weavers bestselling crime series. When Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carries house, she discovers the front door unlocked. Dinner is in the oven—but Carrie, her husband, and their two daughters are gone. When the police are unable to find a lead, Emily enlists the help of missing persons investigator (and former boyfriend) David Raker. But as he gets closer to the truth, Raker begins to uncover evidence of a sinister cover-up, spanning decades and costing countless lives.
New York Times bestseller Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with the second book in his electrifying Department Q series
The new it boy of Nordic Noir” (The Times, London) delivers an electrifying follow up to his New York Times bestselling debut
In The Keeper of Lost Causes, American audiences were finally introduced to Copenhagens Detective Carl Mørck and his creator, #1 international bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen. Now, Mørck is back. Hes settled into Department Q and is ready to take on another cold case. This time, its the brutal double-murder of a brother and sister two decades earlier. One of the suspects confessed and is serving time, but its clear to Mørck that all is not what it seems. Kimmie, a homeless woman with secrets involving certain powerful individuals, could hold the key—if Mørck can track her down before they do.
About the Author
Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's #1 crime writer. This novel has already appeared at the top of bestseller lists in Denmark and Germany, and subsequent entries in the series debuted at #1.
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