Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Stumbling Toward Redemption

If you poke around the Kirkus Reviews Web site today, you should discover my review of The Keeper of Lost Causes, by best-selling Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen. It’s a quite remarkable, if not flawless, novel that will more than likely appear on many Best of 2011 book lists at the end of the year. Here’s the intro to my Kirkus critique:
In the hierarchy of “reluctant detectives,” Danish homicide cop Carl Mørck ranks right up there with the most disinterested and disillusioned of the breed. Although once counted among his department’s best and brightest (“a tall, elegant man from Jutland who caused eyebrows to raise and lips to part”), after a quarter-century with the Copenhagen Police, and following a recent violent encounter that left one of his partners dead and the other paralyzed from the neck down, Mørck is now dismissed as “indolent, surly, morose, always bitching,” someone who “treats his colleagues like crap.”

In other words, he’s the perfect candidate for a brand-new, high-profile position.
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