Copenhagen’s Detective Carl Mørck is back and ready for action in the second Department Q novel from the “new ‘it’ boy of Nordic Noir” (The Times, London).
Carl Mørck has settled into Department Q and is ready to take on another cold case. This time, it’s the brutal double-murder of a brother and sister two decades earlier. One of the suspects confessed and is serving time, but it’s 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...
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.
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The Absent One
Well written mystery with a lovable, funny detective who defuses horror with his sense of humor. He is brilliant at understanding a person’s moral and character traits - e.g., within minutes of his interview with the sociopath in Spain he knew he was rotten to the core. Of course, the gang of monsters were in a whole special league of depravity brought on by drugs and years of entitlement or extreme abuse and negligence. I had to skip over parts that were simply too difficult to read. Their cruelty to humans and animals was just too much to even read about. If I ever needed a detective, I would want Carl on the case - brilliant, modest, honest, and a heart of gold! Great friend, stepfather, and boss, too!! Assad and Rose are also great characters!
I can’t say much more than iLOVE this author.
Thank-you for another great boo.
Such humanity, absolutely beautiful.