We went On Tour a few months ago, and were away for almost three weeks – before we left, I made myself a wee reading list with a mix of books I wouldn’t normally read as well as a few tried and true favourites. One of the ‘new’ books was Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen. I’d not delved into Scandinavian crime fiction before so I wasn’t sure what to expect – bit of sleuthing, bit of crime solving, bit of satisfactory endings was what I thought. And was more or less what I got, although I worked out who dunnit (and why) a fair way before the hero did, and the ending was a bit rushed. Plus, there’s a load of backstory that sometimes seems more interesting than the main story, and I really would like to know what happened with his two partners…
Anyway, I liked it enough to pick up Disgrace not long ago. Now, Disgrace was a bit different in that the reader knew who it was wot dunnit right from the very start, so there was no need to work it out – this made it more of a chase story than a mystery. Not saying I didn’t like it – I did. Some bits were a bit silly, but that could have been lost in translation. (Actually, that seems to have been a common theme through other reviews, and there’s a new translator for Book 3, so I’d say I wasn’t imagining the clunky/weird bits).
I found the tone of this book to be a lot more morose than the other one – the relationship between Morck and the ‘new girl’ Rose, and Hafez Assad was funny but strained and sometimes painful. Hopefully this will work out in Book #3, and hopefully book three is more straight crime solving and colours in a little more of what happened before the books started.
It was a good winter read, though – page turning without being the kind of book that keeps you up all night. This is not a bad thing as I have a bad habit of staying up later than I should when I have to get up at ridiculous o’clock in the morning. And I will be looking for the translation of Book 3 which will be due for release soon (I think).