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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  25,234 ratings  ·  2,002 reviews
"Fasandreperne" er en imponerende oppfølger til "Kvinnen i buret", spennende så det holder! Vi møter på ny kriminalinspektør Carl Mørck, leder for politiets Avdeling Q for uløste saker, og assistenten Assad. Denne gangen står de overfor en gammel drapssak der etterforskningen pekte mot en gruppe kostskoleelever fra noen av Danmarks rikeste familier. Saken ble henlagt, men ...more
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published 2010 by Aschehoug & Co (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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Notes: What's "absent" here is mystery. The investigation only matters inasmuch as it reveals backstory and clarifies motive.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i'm so glad this series getting better and better 🙆🏻💜💜’

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
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
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó mucho y, obviamente mucho más que el primer libro de la serie, sobre todo porque me reconcilié con el subcomisario Carl Mørck. En esta entrega se empodera de su cargo y toma las riendas de su nuevo caso con su habitual estilo mordaz y poco apegado a las normas, pero que ahora se percibe muy encantador, en vez de despreocupado y autocomplaciente como lo sentí en el primer libro. Por lo mismo Assad y Rose, la nueva y genial integrante del Departamento Q, pasan a tener un rol más bien secu ...more
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

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
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Αυτό το βιβλίο θα μου άρεσε πολύ περισσότερο αν είχε έστω ένα μυστήριο η ιστορία του. Αλλά όχι, από την αρχή ξέρουμε τους εγκληματίες, τα εγκλήματα τους και τα επόμενα βήματα τους καθώς ο αφηγητής σε κάποια κεφάλαια αφηγείται και την δική τους μεριά (κοινώς όλα αυτά τα υπέροχα ερωτήματα που αναφέρονται στην υπόθεση του οπισθόφυλλου της ελληνικής έκδοσης τα απαντάει εξαρχής). Αυτό με χάλασε λίγο γιατί περίμενα να είναι βιβλίο μυστηρίου αλλά τελικά είναι καθαρά δράσης. Το άλλο στοιχείο που δεν μου ...more
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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
Dieser Teil war wirklich eine Enttäuschung für mich... Alles sehr vorhersehbar & dann ging es auch noch viel um Tierquälerei, was ich überhaupt nicht vertragen kann!! 😤😤😡 Sowas zu lesen tut mir in der Seele weh & hat mir das Buch total verdorben. Ich hab das Buch locker einige Wochen nicht angerührt, was auch viel darüber aussagt ...
Schade! Ich hoffe sehr, dass mich Band 3, genauso wie Band 1, wieder so richtig fesseln kann!
Maria Espadinha
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ai a Vingança...

É aquela Pedra no sapato dos bons sentimentos que nos tortura a Alma.

É aquela bebida AgriDoce que já todos provámos:

Há aqueles que a emborcam dum trago.
Há ainda os que enojados ou enjoados a cospem.
Mas há também os que a sorvem lentamente saboreando cada gole.

Enfim!... São vinganças e Vinganças!
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jussi i dalje jako dobar.

Ovaj puta se odlučio za temu koju ja ne volim - divljanje "fine" dječice superbogatih i njihovu nedodirljivost pa sam nekako skoro pola knjige bio na distanci no onda ih je odveo u tešku psihopatiju koja je podigla napetost.
Vjerujem da su ljubitelji krimića svikli na kojekave psihopate i njihove okrutnosti, ako niste moglo bi vam biti neugodno.

Carl je i dalje simpatičan lik, odličan kao policajac i nespretan i nesretan van toga, recimo jedva iskamči večeru sa ženom koja
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
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Laura von Eden
Nachdem ich dieses Jahr mit der Reihe um den Ermittler Carl Mørck begonnen hatte, wollte ich zeitnah mit den weiteren Büchern weitermachen. Carl Mørck bekam im Vorgängerbuch die undankbare Aufgabe zugewiesen, sich mit bereits kalten, also ungelösten Fällen, zu beschäftigen.

So landet dieses Mal die Akte um einen Todesfall in einem Sommerhaus auf seinem Tisch. Der Fall liegt bereits 20 Jahre zurück, doch Carl Mørck findet tatsächlich weitere Spuren. Dies spricht sich schnell herum und es dauert ni
Helena (Renchi King)
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: znanje
Drugi nastavak odjela "Q" inspektora Carla Morcka započinje "oživljavanjem" slučaja jezivog ubojstva dvoje teenagera,brata i sestre u vikendici,negdje u danskoj šumi.
Iako je slučaj riješen,a okrivljenik odslužuje zatvorsku kaznu,to nije sve :-))
Uspješni poslovnjaci,nekadašnji polaznici elitne škole,duboko su povezani sa tim slučajem,a njihove igrice i danas se igraju.

Kako je već prošlo dosta vremena od mog zadnjeg druženja sa ovim piscem,brzo sam se prisjetila njegovih kvaliteta.
Na štedi na mrač
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
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
Started off a bit slow but after that gripping to the end.
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
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
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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”)

Other books in the series

Afdeling Q (7 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)
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