Monday, August 15, 2011

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen is a Danish mystery novelist who has won the Glass Key award, and is being compared to the late Stieg Larsson with this--the first of a "Department Q" series, essentially introducing a detective who's been "kicked upstairs," ironically to the basement to work (alone) on cold cases.  Luckily for one forgotten victim in dire need of fate to reopen her "lost cause," Carl begins to process the missing politician's records, and comes up with an electrifying twist in historic oversight.  Eric Davies narrates THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES with his usual aplomb in rendering with precise understatement an engaging narrative that fluctuates between dark and light, between cleverly personal character development and a sublimely evocative sense of personality and setting.

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