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The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Jun 09, 2013

really liked it

The central character quickly became a favorite among antiheroes. He is Carl Morck, a disaffected homicide detective in Copenhagen. He has good reason for the deep depression he is in - he was recently involved in a shooting where one cop was killed and the other paralyzed below the neck and only Morck comes out in decent physical shape. Still, the depression and his irascible nature combine to make him a problem at work. His boss promotes him out of the way into a new department Q.

In Q Morck gets an assistant who is responsible for keeping the office area (read the basement) clean, a defected Syrian called Assad. Morck quickly learns that Assad is good for more than cleaning and by the end of the book the two are a team.

The crime they are charged with solving is nearly 5 years old and was a high profile one at the time. How they tackle solving the crime, how Morck manages to bribe his boss, handles his separated wife's requests for funds and settles in to his basement digs is an engaging and humorous story. Recommended.

This book is also published under another title: Mercy.

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