THE ABSENT ONE by Jussi Alder-Olsen

The group of mystery writers from the Baltic region has a new and exciting colleague. The likes of Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell are joined by Jussi Adler-Olsen now that all are in English translation. Adler-Olsen’s The Absent One takes the reader on a thrilling journey centering on a former boarding school clique that acted out their fantasies through gruesome crimes. As he did in his previous novel, The Keeper of Lost Causes the author employs the character of Detective Carl Morck, a brilliant investigator of the newly created Department Q of the Copenhagen Police Department, as he strips away layer upon layer of each character to provide psychological insights into events. Focusing on “Kimme” one of the leaders and ultimate victim of this school clique Morck is able to rally the members of his own small department and his own flawed personality to in the end solve years of unresolved murders. Every few pages the plot is altered slightly keeping the reader on their toes and at the end of the book Morck is once again deprived of his own personal satisfaction. This is a great read and fans of Adler-Olsen can look forward to his new Carl Morck based novel, A Conspiracy of Faith due to be released at the end of May.

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