The Absent One
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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.
A brother and sister were murdered 20 years ago and a criminal confessed to the crime but all is not what it seems. The crime involved a group from a privileged boarding school. Morck sets off to investigate this group and finds they belong to a exclusive hunting club with the exception of Kimmie.
Kimmie is now a homeless woman living off the streets and avoiding her friends and evading the police because she has all the secrets.
Back once again is the assistant Assad who takes a bigger hand in helping with the investigation and added to the mix is Rose who has created a stir in another department and been shifted to Dept Q and out of the way.
This is another great story but should be read in series order for greater insight into the characters. There was not quite as much humour in this one and I did miss that.
The murder was of siblings by a private school for rich kids. The suspects are now wealthy and well-known members of society, with the exception of one that was killed in a hunting accident and one that has disappeared on to the streets. When the suspects find out that Mørck is investigating the case once again, they try to shut down his operation by scaring him at home and eventually going through political channels to stop him at work. Mørck is a stubborn guy though and nothing will deter him. Can he put these guys in their place?
Again, this book was more about the characters than the mystery itself. You already know who had done the killing, so the real mystery here was how Mørck was going to catch them. We still didn't learn much about Mørck's assistant Assad though he continued to be a source of humour in this book.
Definitely an interesting series and one I will continue to read.
I will be releasing this in my mom's memory.
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