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The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Dec 29, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: adult, mystery, thriller
Read from December 04 to 29, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I was looking for another Scandinavian thriller to recommend to people ready for something beyond Stieg Larsson. But... this book made me turn back to old standbys like Peter Høeg and Henning Mankell. The premise: cantankerous old detective Carl Mørck finds himself removed from his place on the force due to erratic behavior following a shooting he couldn't prevent. Instead of being demoted, he's promoted to the head of an obscure department (population: 1) intended to solve cold cases. The cold case Mørck is meant to solve is the disappearance of Merete, an icy-cold politician hiding a big secret from her public... a brother rendered mentally incapable due to a car wreck in their childhood.

HERE BE SPOILERS...

Two major problems that I had with this book were the stock characters and plot contrivances. Somehow we're meant to believe that the kidnapper saw enough of Merete in the flash second that their cars passed that he could POSSIBLY blame the accident on her? And then track her down later in life to imprison and torture her for this supposed crime, committed when she was a young girl? It's all a bit much to be believed. Pair that with the Syrian with a secret past, the highly attractive politician with a secret brother, the secret madman with a very convenient torture chamber, and a sprinkling of other folks straight out of Scandinavia's Official Typecasting Department. I couldn't find logic nor a character charismatic enough to root for.

Sure, you'll love this if you can't get enough of the setting, and I have no doubt that this series has many dedicated fans... but I won't be reading beyond the first entry here. (Maybe I've got a bit of Mørck's curmudgeonly nature myself.)
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Kelly I did enjoy this book and gave it four stars; however I definitely agree with the points you made. I thought the kidnapper was farfetched as well.


Kelly I did enjoy this book and gave it four stars; however I definitely agree with the points you made. I thought the kidnapper was farfetched as well.


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