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The Absent One: A Department Q Novel Hardcover – August 21, 2012

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“Adler-Olsen, Denmark’s leading crime fiction author, outdoes his outstanding debut, The Keeper of Lost Causes, with his second Department Q novel.”
Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

"Adler-Olsen's humor and his portrayal of Kimmie's sad life make The Absent One stand out among today's flood of Nordic mysteries."
Kirkus Reviews

"The Copenhagen-set sequel to The Keeper of Lost Causes is quirky and wry."
The Sacramento Bee

"Adler-Olsen has created a wonderful addition to the detective fiction genre...Readers of detective fiction, international crime fiction, and suspense fiction will highly enjoy this thriller."
Library Journal (starred review)

“The pages fly by as the twisty puzzle unfolds. Stieg Larsson fans will be delighted.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Keeper of Lost Causes

“[An] absorbing psychological thriller.” 
Library Journal (starred review) on The Keeper of Lost Causes

“Comparisons [to Stieg Larsson] are inevitable and, while he may lack a Salander, Adler-Olsen’s prose is superior to Larsson’s, his tortures are less discomfiting, and he has a sense of humor.”
Booklist (starred review) on The Keeper of Lost Causes

“Plan on putting everything else in your life on hold if you pick up this book.”
The Oregonian on The Keeper of Lost Causes

“A relentless thrill ride of surprise, shock and terror.”
The Sacramento Bee on The Keeper of Lost Causes

“The new ‘it’ boy of Nordic Noir.”
The Times, London on The Keeper of Lost Causes

"The Keeper of Lost Causes is the one I'd be most eager-and most reluctant-to loan."
The Boston Globe on The Keeper of Lost Causes

"The Keeper of Lost Causes is dark, atmospheric, and compelling. Those who loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will devour this book." 
— C.J. Box

About the Author

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe, and he's won many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards, including the Glass Key Award—also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg. He lives in Denmark.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An atmospheric, crime thriller full of menace, dark humour and a quite gruesome, dramatic climax.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disgrace!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where's Kimmie?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stop trying to be so funny - it isn't working
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adler-Olsen's second Department Q novel is even better than the first one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Certificate 18
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5.0 out of 5 stars Department Q-2
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something different
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in translation
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5.0 out of 5 stars A four o'clock in the morning 'one more chapter' page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read from this talented author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boarding school and rich kids
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3.0 out of 5 stars hopes dashed
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Orinoco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. I bought all four Dept
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Sukuma
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as engaging as Book 1
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2015
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