Q2: The Absent One / Disgrace

In The Absent One / Disgrace, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant investigator 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-bounding as the book that launched the series, The Absent One / Disgrace delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world’s premier thriller writers.

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“Jussi Adler-Olsen maintains his style all the way to the sensational and in particular violent finale.”

“Adler-Olsen is a great plot-constructor but also a strong portrayer of people, places and environments”.

Fyens Stiftstidende
The Absent One/Disgrace is well composed, linguistically elegant and fascinating in its uncovering of evil dressed in beach-front house and mental boarding-school uniform”

“An outstanding crime novel that you read in one sitting and wish the next one lied waiting for you”.

“Adler-Olsen writes original crime novels which, despite their dark matter, have a liberating humour. (…) Adler-Olsen may very well continue with Mørck and co.”.