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Translated by Martin Aitken Published by Plume,
December 31, 2013. ISBN 978-0-142-18081-5 (Paperback)
Carl Morck made his series debut in “The Keeper of
Lost Causes.” In reviewing the follow-up novel in the Department Q
series, “The Absent One,” I noted that it was quite different from the
introductory book. It is more complicated, while the character of the
protagonist and his assistant, Assad, essentially remain the same. And to
spice things up, another “assistant” is provided to Morck, the head of the
office devoted to solving cold cases. This time it is a female,
Rose. The same set of characters appears in this newest entry in the
series, the third translation into English, but we see a progression in the
complexity of the plot construction.
The cold case which falls into their
bailiwick occurs when a bottle floats into Scotland containing an almost
illegible plea for help, apparently written in blood. It is determined
that the message originated in Denmark, and it is sent to Copenhagen. The
message is dated five years earlier and, decayed almost beyond recognition,
offers few clues. But that doesn’t stop the intrepid trio as they look into the
case, leading them to a most unusual serial killer.
While the story is pulse-raising, the
length of the novel is off-putting and could have used some judicious pruning.
Nevertheless, the interactions of the protagonist with not only his assistants,
but also others in the Copenhagen police department, sometimes amusing, other
times frustrating, soften the harshness of subject matter. Some readers
might question Assad’s almost superhuman ability to decipher the rescue plea
and other of his abilities, but that is the nature of the character’s appeal.
----- Reviewer:Ted Feit
Adler-Olsenwas born Carl Valdemar Jussi Henry Adler-Olsen on 2 August 1950 in
Copenhagen, Denmark.He is a Danish author, publisher, editor and
entrepreneur. Jussi Adler-Olsen's career is characterised by his great
involvement in a wide range of media related avtivities
Ted and Gloria Feitlive in Long Beach, NY, a few miles outside New
York City. For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized
litigation firm in lower Manhattan. Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former
stock analyst, publicist and writer/editor for, over the years, several daily,
weekly and monthly publications. Having always been avid mystery readers,
and since they're now retired, they're able to indulge that passion.
Their reviews appear online as well as in three print publications in the
UK and US. On a more personal note: both having been widowed, Gloria and
Ted have five children and nine grandchildren between them.