Swedish Chief Inspector Harry Hole made a reputation for himself in capturing the serial killer called the Snowman, but now there is a new killer in the streets of Oslo. Called back from hiding in Hong Kong’s opium dens to see his dying father, he reluctantly agrees to investigate the murders of two young women. It’s then the Inspector finds himself once again immersed in the evil he was trying so hard to forget.
The Keeper of Lost Causes, by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Translated by Lisa Hartford. Library Call Number: PT8176.1.D54K8513 2011.
Carl Mørck is the only detective of three who survives a shooting; he blames himself for the deaths of the others. He never pulled his weapon. So he’s surprised to be promoted on his return to the force, put in charge of Section Q, the cold case files of the force. The department has a staff of one, with offices in the basement. Perhaps his superiors think he’ll be out of the way; if so, they’ve underestimated Mørck, who begins looking into the deaths of several young women and the five year-old disappearance of a politician, whose death may not be all that certain.
For those who like their crime in smaller chunks, Michaëlis collects 14 stories of the best Danish crime writers into a book said by one reader to have a “…grim, uncomfortable power.”
The disaffected, the greedy, the angry all show up here, with the stark noirish backgrounds of Denmark interchangeable with the dark seams of Los Angeles, Chicago or New York.