Q1: The Keeper of Lost Causes / Mercy

The Keeper of Lost Causes / Mercy, the first installment of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s international bestselling Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl Mørck, who used to be a good homicide detective – one of Copenhagen’s best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren’t so lucky, and Carl, who didn’t draw his weapon, blames himself.

So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects.

But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl’s been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigation division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases to keep him company, Carl has been put out to pasture. So he’s as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she’s dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he’s wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process.

Because she isn’t dead … yet.


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“Jussi Adler-Olsens depiction of life in a cage is simply breathtaking all the way to the spectacular ending – groundbreaking!

Berlingske Tidende
“Stephen King meets Anna Pihl”

***** – Jyllands-Posten
“Jussi Adler-Olsen has brought a welcoming new energy into a claustrophobic and cliché-plagued crime novel practice”

***** – Ekstra Bladet
“The novel is constantly entertaining. Gruesome depiction of a woman’s nightmare”.

“I can’t stop rejoicing. (…) He is as driving brutally evil in his actions as Dean Koontz and as good a storyteller of crime novels as Stieg Larsson. (…) It is exactly that, that is so lovely about reading a really good book. You get thrown out of everyday life, pulled into the action and exposed to things which you fortunately do not experience on a regular Wednesday.”