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The Absent One (Afdeling Q #2)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  10,625 ratings  ·  1,080 reviews
Jussi Adler-Olsen's Disgrace is the stunning follow up to Top Ten bestseller Mercy.

Kimmie's home is on the streets of Copenhagen. To live, she must steal. She has learned to avoid the police and never to stay in one place for long. But now others are trying to find her. And they won't rest until she has stopped moving - for good.

Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, the co
ebook, epub file, 432 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Penguin Group (first published May 28th 2008)
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Jennifer Thomson
I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to the second offering by this author. Sadly, Disgrace was a major disappointment and I couldn't even finish it. In fact, I was so disappointed that I did something I've never done before and asked for a refund.

I had three problems with the book. 1. There wasn't enough of Assad, the brilliantly drawn assistant of Carl Morck. For me, it was Assad who was the stand out character in the first book. In this book, he wasn't used enough.

2. The character
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Note: this is not a who-dun-it (we know the "Who" of it from the get go). So, if the lack of this doesn't hit your sweet spot, it might not appeal.

The Absent One is Adler-Olsen's nod towards psychiatry (sociopathy), youth gangs, and his ever-present criticism of just about everything: a judgment that comes across as a razor blade deftly plunged into the soft flesh of Danish politics and wealth.

"In tiny Denmark the system was so ingenious that if you knew dirt about somebody, they al
Kenneth Fredette
I really like the story line a lot. I could see this happening. Jussi made Assad seem real in this story, giving people a hard time and then in the end he was so human. It's a good story for you to sink your teeth into. Not for the lite hearted.
Lukasz Pruski
A disappointment! I liked Jussi Adler-Olsen's "Keeper of the Lost Causes" quite a lot. "The Absent One" is definitely not in the same class. Carl Morcks's character is still interesting, but the characterizations of two other protagonists, Assad and Rosa, are just caricatures.

"The Absent One" could have been a great revenge story, yet it veered into a totally unbelievable territory. Would you believe rich industrialists and fashion celebrities to be mass murderers? No, I guess not. But the book
Unfortunately, I didn't find this one nearly as engrossing as the first book in this series. As a matter of preference, I tend to prefer books where the culprit isn't revealed until the very end (as opposed to ones where the reader knows from the start who the villain is, and the story is all about the detective finding the proof) -- so that was one disappointment with this book. A worse disappointment was the story of the crimes -- bored, sadistic rich people hurting people just for the rush -- ...more
When I finally gave in to the "Dragon Tattoo Nordic" wave (and no, I still haven't read that series), I started with Adler-Olsen's chilling "The Keeper of Lost Causes." It was diabolically excellent, and although it didn't launch me into Nordic Frenzy, I couldn't wait for the next Department Q installment.

This is the second in what I feel certain is going to be a long relationship -- "The Absent One" was diabolical in a whole 'nother way. As concentrated as the evil was in "The Keeper of Lost Ca
Ancestral Gael
Why did I read it? Because it an unproofed copy was offered to me in exchange for a review and I really enjoyed The Keeper of Lost Causes by the same author, but in audio format.

What's it about? Comprised of some of the elite of Danish society, a pack of hunters are seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush when one of their former members, long since disappeared, decides she has had enough of hiding from them in plain sight. Kimmie is on the move, and dangerous because Kimmie knows their darkest sec
Rob Kitchin
Disgrace is a fairly straightforward police procedural thriller that slowly builds to a suspenseful climax. The strengths of the book are the characterisation, pacing, and page-turning prose. Carl Morck, Assad his Syrian colleague, and Rose his new administrator, are all well constructed characters whose prejudices and personalities lead to some entertaining exchanges. Where the book has some serious problems, depending on how much you want to suspend your sense of realism, is the plot. I’m will ...more
The Danes (and Swedes and Finns and Norwegians) write great detective novels. The detectives are always intense, conflicted, troubled, real. In this case, the detective Carl Morck and his Dept Q are also quite humorous. Assistants Assad and Rose are complements to Morck's darkness. Morck himself is a one-man Greek Chorus whose comments, both internal and explicitly verbal, made me laugh out loud more than once.
But the mystery itself is gruesome. It's one of those where the guilty parties are kno
I really enjoyed The Keeper of Lost Causes, mostly because of the main characters: tormented Detective Carl Mørck and his mysterious sidekick, Assad. There just wasn't enough of them in this second book (although there is a bit of Assad awesomeness at the end). Instead, well more than half the book focuses on the rich, coked-up psychopaths whose guilt Mørck is trying to prove. The mystery itself is less mystery than suspense, in waiting to see how the crimes will be solved and who will be hurt o ...more
Spannung, obwohl man die Täter bereits zu Beginn kennt? Mitgefühl für eine brutale Gewalttäterin? Witz und Ironie in einem Thriller, dessen Hauptthema das abgrundtief Böse zu sein scheint? Für das neue Buch von Jussi Adler-Olsen kein Widerspruch.
Wieder nimmt sich Carl Morck eines alten Falles an, obwohl dieser aufgeklärt scheint. Ein Mann wurde für den Tod eines Geschwisterpaares verurteilt und sitzt nach vielen Jahren noch immer hinter Gittern. Doch jemand scheint Zweifel an dieser Lösung zu h
I came across this in the airport. It was advertised as something for fans of ”The Killing” and the cover portrays a Sarah Lund lookalike. I thought some crime/detective thriller along the lines of the Millennium series was just what I needed: non-demanding yet engrossing. I didn't realize it was the 2nd book in a series until it was too late, so admittedly, perhaps I missed some crucial character development that would make ”Disgrace” more enjoyable. I disliked the cartoony, manichean villains ...more
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This was quite a disappointment after the first book. The writing/translating was clunky, and there was no mystery to solve. The bad guys were really, really bad, and the good guy (girl) wasn't very good. Assad wasn't funny, and neither was Carl. So much of the plot was so absurdly unbelievable, and a lot of the cruelty felt gratuitous and repetitive. There were also too many extra characters, and I refused to believe that someone like Rose could work in a professional setting (don't you at leas ...more
Dylan Edwards
I downloaded this novel on the day of it's UK release and waited for a week before starting it .....wish i had waited longer In truth .

I so enjoyed the first novel in the series and this was ( hopefully ) the book highlight of the year ......not to be sorry , a clunking novel , poorly translated and just not enough of the dark humour which i loved in the first .....why was Assad only given an almost by-stander role ? for me he was the best thing about book 1 ....

I wouldn't go into plot details ,
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
Opening up The Absent One was like getting together with some old friends that I hadn`t seen for months. Carl and Assad are some of the best characters that I have come across in a book.

Carl is the Copenhagen detective who was "promoted" to run the cold case department after loosing his 2 partners (one was shot dead...the other an invalid who took a bullet to the spine). His home life is a mess and sometimes he is just count his days until retirement.

Assad is Carl's Syrian(???), assistant. He is
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When I have read the not so favourable reviews and saw a German critic throwing Adler-Olsen's books into a rubbish bin I was a little alert that it wouldn't be as good as Mercy. Fortunately, it was. I was looking forward to the character of Assad who was (at least partially) replaced by Rose. But she is a really good replacement. Liked how she was seen by Carl and their interaction. :) The story is not about unveiling the perps but about their relationships, which doesn't diminish the suspense a ...more
A very dark Scandinavian thriller, #2 in the Department Q series. Carl Morck is asked to investigate the cold case murder of a brother and sister, even though a confession was obtained. The supposed killer attended a prestigious school and was close with some of Denmark's wealthiest citizens. A homeless women, Kimmie, also ran with this crowd and possesses deep dark secrets that are a large threat. Both Morck and Kimmie become targets, but eventually, Morck's dogged pursuit bring them all togeth ...more
Ich lese natürlich die deutsche Übersetzung: "Schändung", da des Dänischen nicht mächtig...

Ich war leider nicht in der Lage das Buch zuende zu lesen. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass Adler-Olsen mit allen Mitteln versucht hat, den ersten Band, "Erbarmen" hinsichtlich der Grausamkeit des Verbrechens zu toppen. Mir war das zuviel des Guten bzw. Schlechten.
Also known as Disgrace in UK.
Addictive reading. The characters created by the author are completely at odds to the usual detective and side-kick offerings. Carl, Assad and now Rose are unexpectedly endearing and although the content is often violent there is also a softer side along with a few chuckles. Thoroughly enjoyed the read.
This plot is innovative, of the reopening of a murder of two siblings which has a conviction, but a file mysteriously appears in Dept Q. A gang of extremely wealthy teens in a nearby school were suspect, but got off, four men and one woman. It turns out there were other assaults and murders during that period on Sundays. The woman involved is Kimme, now a crazy smart homeless woman. The men have become powerful running fashion houses, hospitals and other high profile industries. They get togethe ...more
Den ersten Teil fand ich richtig gut, diesen zweiten Teil fand ich richtig, richtig schlecht - ich hab am Ende nur noch überflogen. 1-2 Sterne!
"The Absent One" by Jussi Adler-Olsen.

I've read and reviewed authors from Iceland and Sweden who were absolutely on top of their game. This author is not for me.

Although this author is talented and can write well enough to hold my interest(hence the 2 stars)...the content of this story is totally negative from beginning to end.

The story is all about abuse. Abuse of a bewildered child that leads to a warped mind. Abuse of innocent animals for the enjoyment of heartless and cruel men.

The end does
Toni Osborne
Also published under the title "Disgrace"

Book 2, in the Department Q series

We learnt in the first installment that Department Q was set up the handle cold cases with Carlo Morck, a prickly Copenhagen Deputy Det., to lead it. This follow-up is quite different to the first case he tackled. This story is more brutal and is filled with great inventiveness in its descriptions of the technique of torture and depravity. The nonstop action is pulse-pounding with many unforeseen twists to derail us altho
Bree T
Detective Carl Mørck is something of a celebrity at the moment – not only is he popular in Denmark after he solved what was deemed to be an unsolvable case, but now delegates from other countries are coming to visit. They want to get a look at Department Q, to find out how it works, what makes it so efficient so that they can implement those methods in new departments in their own countries for solving cold cases.

Carl can’t worry too much about visiting Norwegians and the questions they have tho
I really enjoyed the first book in this Dept Q series, The Keeper of Lost Causes. This one had hints of the things I liked in that book, but was not up to the standard set. I still love the humor and the rapport between Carl, the head of Dept Q, and Assad his somewhat assistant. Carl gets an admin, Rose, who adds to the Dept Q staff dynamics. Parts of the story line kept me engaged, but the main characters perpetuating the crimes - a group of prep school alums - were despicable sociopaths wreaki ...more
Thrills and suspense continue in Department Q, where closed cases come to light in a new way. Detective Carl Morck, and his office staff, a pesky Muslim, and mouthy Ruby, work in the basement of a Denmark police station. As the laughing stock of the station, they find themselves working against the system most of the time.

A case file mysteriously finds it's way on Carl's desk. Strangely, it's not a cold case, but a closed case. So why is it on his desk. As his department Q starts checking it out
"Kobieta w klatce" była mocnym wejściem Adlera-Olsena na polski rynek. Dobrze czytająca się mieszanka kryminału i thrillera, doprawiona zgryźliwym (a miejscami czarnym) poczuciem humoru, spowodowała, że z niecierpliwością oczekiwałem na drugą powieść tego autora. Gdy się doczekałem, pojawił się problem - mimo tej samej receptury, "Zabójcy bażantów" sprawiają wrażenie powieści pisanej byle jak, w pośpiechu. Z pewną ilością niedokończonych wątków (albo inaczej - ze źle zasygnalizowaną możliwością ...more
Ellen Keim
I really enjoy the main characters in this series, including the addition of Rose to the team of Carl and Assad in Department Q where they work on cold cases.

I loved the first book, The Keeper of Lost Causes and wanted to love this one as well, but it just didn't quite get there. I found the "heavies" to be too over-the-top, although I did think that the author did a good job of describing the psychological make-up of at least one of them, a woman named Kimmie. The others, though, were more one-
I guess the follow-up to any successful first novel is doomed to receive some criticism. Mercy was without doubt a cracking debut and worthy of praise. Disgrace reflects the lives of a specialist Police unit looking into cold cases Department Q headed up by our main detective Carl Morck. Morck has lots of issues that are agitated in this second outing and we learn more; he gains a new assistant in Rose and his sidekick continues to to struggle with the language and add a comic twist to some of t ...more
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Author Jussi Adler-Olsen (b. 1950) began in the 1990s to write novels after having followed a comprehensive career as publisher, editor, film composer for the Valhalla-cartoon and as bookseller.
He made his debut with the thriller “Alfabethuset” (1997), which reached bestseller status both in Denmark and internationally just like his subsequent novels “And She Thanked the Gods” (prev. “The Company
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Afdeling Q (6 books)
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  • Flaskepost fra P (Afdeling Q, #3)
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“It was late in September and a little more than twenty degrees, so what the hell were people smiling for? They ought to be raising their faces toward the ozone layer in horror.” 2 likes
“she took Kimmie to a room down an alley in Sydhavnen to another drug addict who once, at the dawn of time, had been a doctor. It was his pills and D and C that got rid of the infection and staunched her bleeding. The price she paid was that she never bled again.” 0 likes
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