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Disgrace

(Afdeling Q #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  25,612 ratings  ·  2,031 reviews
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 cold cases division, has received a file concerning the brutal murder of a brother an ...more
Paperback, 530 pages
Published June 21st 2012 by Michael Joseph (first published May 28th 2008)
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Joshua Booher I have only read the first two books. So, this is a partial answer. There is a small (to date) story arc through the first two books. In addition, the…moreI have only read the first two books. So, this is a partial answer. There is a small (to date) story arc through the first two books. In addition, the characters' relationships build through the first two books. So, it is my opinion that you would want to read the books in order.(less)

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Jayson
(B+) 76% | Good
Notes: What's "absent" here is mystery. The investigation only matters inasmuch as it reveals backstory and clarifies motive.
AMEERA
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i'm so glad this series getting better and better 🙆🏻💜💜’
Barbara

3.5 stars

In this second book in the 'Department Q' series, Detective Morck investigates a double murder in a boarding school two decades ago. The book can be read as a standalone.


Boarding School

(FYI: The book was adapted into a movie. The illustrations are from the film.)


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*****

Detective Carl Morck's 'Department Q' in Copenhagen, Denmark - which investigates cold cases - has a new task. Two boarding school students, a brother and sister, were killed twenty years ago and a clique of
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Phrynne
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
Another really good book in what I can see is going to be an excellent series.

Maybe The Absent One was not quite as good as The Keeper of Lost Causes but it was still an exciting and entertaining read. Carl was as snarky as ever and Assad was just as strange and mysterious. Something big must be going to happen with him in a future book.

The plot was maybe just a little over the top but it was still gripping and at times I could not imagine how it was going to end. The answer was very satisfactor
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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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Bettie☯


Re-visit Winter 2015 - Film Only


Translated by K E Semmel

Dedicated to the three Graces and iron ladies: Anne, Lene and Charlotte.

Opening: When she ventured down the pedestrian street called Strøget, she was poised as if on the edge of a knife. With her face half covered by a dirty shawl, she slipped passed well-lit shop windows, alert eyes scanning the street.

M has just cracked open #3 in this series as swedish audio file.

FYI - have discovered this is not a series where you can jump in at any po
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Harry
Book Review:

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
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Eleanor
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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
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fleurette
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This is my first book by Jussi Adler-Olsen and I believe that I will read another book by this author one day.

The beginning of this story is rather slow and I had some trouble with getting into it. I couldn’t truly involved into the plot. But after a while I really enjoyed the whole thing.

The plot is very good. Even though we know from the beginning who are the killers, there are so many other questions and twists in plot that once you get into the story, you can’t stop reading it. The whole ide
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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
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Jaksen
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent second book in this series by Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen.

When Detective Carl Mørck is assigned to head Department Q - in charge of cold cases - it's seen as a way to keep him out of the way - and keep him busy, maybe. The fact that Carl takes the job seriously is surprising to his superiors, but his successful first case - Book #1, the Keeper of Lost Causes - establishes Carl's reputation. (Almost to his own surprise.) In this second book, Carl does an even better job, determined
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Sarah
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Here we return to the world of The Keeper of Lost Causes with Mørck and Assad investigating the 20 year old murder of two siblings. This is a fairly dark and disturbing book and is not for the faint of heart. We have a group of entitled prep school kids who commit violent physical and sexual assaults throughout the entirety of the book. There's one girl that's involved with them and we spend most of the book trying to figure out just what the hell is wrong with her. The answer, when we get it, i ...more
Brenda
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the series held my interest, but I don't think it was as good as the first. Typical?

There was a higher level of cruelty and depravity in this book. I like Carl, Assad, and the addition of Rose. I had hoped to learn more about Assad, but not from this book. I'm curious to see where the next books go with these characters.
Ken Fredette
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andy
Violence in the book isn’t graphic which is as well as some of the scenes are indeed brutal & others would be quite disturbing if played out blow by blow I think. There is indeed a noir theme throughout the book with respect to (all) the perpetrators who are right nasty pieces of work. You find out early on who has done what & so its more a case of will they get caught? Or will something else befall them..... its a very good story & really enjoyed it.
Tara
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Paula Kalin
Enjoying the series, but did like the 1st better.
Becky
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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aPriL does feral sometimes
What could be worse than a murder club of rich adult psychopaths? Answer: a murder gang of 14-year-old psychopaths...

Department Q, the department of cold cases, is semi-famous now because of the publicity around junior Superintendent Carl Mørck's previous case, The Keeper of Lost Causes. However, the positive press has not sweetened Carl's morose personality or expectations. He is well aware the brass are supportive only as long he doesn't make them look bad, even if corruption must be swept un
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Marty Fried
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Almost 5 stars - I enjoyed this audiobook very much, and liked the narrator much better than the first one of the series.

This series is a pretty dark police mystery, starting off with a person being hunted by a group of people with various deadly weapons. Like the first one, we don't really know who it is, or the context until late in the book, but I guess it's done that way to let you know right away that there will be violence. And there is. Along with a large number of psychotics from all wal
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Bill
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Station Q mysteries, set in Denmark, was a pleasant surprise last year. I was worried about the sophomore jinx with this second book, but I needn't have been. The story was different and excellent. Detective Inspector Morck is such an interesting character, intelligent, troubled, thoughtful and funny. His assistant, Assad, is a wily, hard working character and I still want to find out more about him. Added to the mix in this second story is Rose, an unwanted assistant thrus ...more
Hermien
Started off a bit slow but after that gripping to the end.
Lewis Weinstein
This book had its good points but also weaknesses. The criminals were among the most odious of characters and I got tired of reading about their disgusting behavior. Which brings me to the major flaw. IMO, too much of the book is written from the POV of the bad guys. The better parts have to do with tracking them down and even more with the interactions between the lead detective and his most unusual assistants, which showed consistent intelligence and humor, as well as the difficulties of deali ...more
Nancy
4.5 Stars. I am loving this series. This is the second book in the author's Department Q series. It features Carl Morck who has been put in charge of Department Q, a department of one, with a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases to review.
In the first book he is given an assistant, Assad, who brings levity to the book. In this second installment he has been given a second assistant, Rose, who is equally entertaining. It's a dark story but engrossing and entertaining all the same. I loved the grea
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Tony
THE ABSENT ONE. (2012). Jussi Adler-Olsen. **1/2.
This was the second installment in the author’s series on the exploits of Department Q. “Q” was established as a repository for cold case crimes, and was headed up by Carl Morck – a policeman assigned to that unit after his experience in a previous event that lead to having one of his partners killed and the other paralyzed from the neck down. It started out as a department containing a complement of one – Morck himself. Now, he is up to two assis
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Rob Kitchin
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Gaby
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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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
Ancestral Gael
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Jussi Adler-Olsen is a Danish author who began to write novels in the 1990s after a comprehensive career as publisher, editor, film composer for the Valhalla cartoon and as a 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 Basher”)
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Other books in the series

Afdeling Q (8 books)
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q, #1)
  • Flaskepost fra P (Afdeling Q, #3)
  • Journal 64 (Afdeling Q, #4)
  • Marco Effekten (Afdeling Q, #5)
  • The Hanging Girl (Department Q, #6)
  • The Scarred Woman (Department Q, #7)
  • Offer 2117 (Afdeling Q, #8)
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