The Absent One : Department Q

  • by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by Steven Pacey
  • Series: Department Q
  • 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects - part of a group of privileged boarding-school students - confessed and was convicted.
But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren’t the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried... as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head.
Every bit as pulse-pounding as the book that launched the series, The Absent One delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world's premier thriller writers.

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Into Withdrawal...Can't wait for the next Dept. Q!

Weirdly haunting. Carl Mørck is strangely intriguing. His dank character interplays with the grayness of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Denmark. He peers about the culture like a flashlight into murk collecting pieces for us to support his finely plotted tale. This is the second chapter in Merck's tale and ideally you should start with "The Keeper Of Lost Causes" to fill in the background - and enjoy an entirely different storyline. Warning... Merck's not for the squeamish... this is adult stuff, but stuffed into a satisfying treat.

Beginning to shudder now... waiting for the next Dept. Q investigation. Soon?
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- Ted

New favorite author

Where does The Absent One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 25 percent


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Enjoyed the story development. Enough "I didn't see that coming" to keep me on my toes.


Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. At first I missed Erik Davies but then fell into step with Pacey and enjoyed his narration as well


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Pretty much


Any additional comments?

Anxious for Adler-Olsen's third book translation. This is a lot like I felt reading Steig Larsson....but Adler-Olsen is a little less graphic!

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- JAB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-21-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio