Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Absent One by Jussi Alder-Olsen

The Absent One by Jussi Alder-Olsen

Detective of Department Q, Carl Mørck, is back in this second book of the series, in attempts to solve previously unsolved murders. When a file winds up on his desk of a mystery that has a suspect charged, Mørck is confused. Why would this file be on his desk if the murder was already solved? Not to let anything slide past him, Mørck sets out to investigate with his assistant Assad and his new, and annoying, office manager Rose.

The murder was of siblings by a private school for rich kids. The suspects are now wealthy and well-known members of society, with the exception of one that was killed in a hunting accident and one that has disappeared on to the streets. When the suspects find out that Mørck is investigating the case once again, they try to shut down his operation by scaring him at home and eventually going through political channels to stop him at work. Mørck is a stubborn guy though and nothing will deter him. Can he put these guys in their place?

Again, this book was more about the characters than the mystery itself. You already know who had done the killing, so the real mystery here was how Mørck was going to catch them. We still didn't learn much about Mørck's assistant Assad though he continued to be a source of humour in this book.

Definitely an interesting series and one I will continue to read.

First Line: "Another shot echoed over the treetops."


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