Book Talks: The Keeper of Lost Causes and Truly Madly Guilty

the keeper of lost causesThe Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl Morck.  It is said that he was a good homicide detective, but then a bullet almost took his life.  Two of his colleagues weren’t so lucky, and Carl, who didn’t draw his weapon, blames himself.

A promotion is the last thing Carl expects, but it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement.   Carl’s been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigation division that turns out to be a department of one.  With a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases to keep him company, Carl’s been put out to pasture.  Imagine his surprise when a case actually captures his interest.  A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier.   The world assumes that she is dead.  His colleagues snicker about the time he is wasting.  But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process.

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark’s premier crime writer.  He has won many crime-writing awards including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo.  Books by these Scandinavian crime writers can be reserved online or at any branch of the Haliburton County Public Library.

truly madly guiltyTruly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is the author of best sellers Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret. In her new novel Truly Madly Guilty, Moriarty explores the social and psychological repercussions of a barbecue in Sydney.  The specifics of the barbecue’s catastrophic event emerge gradually. The hours leading up to that moment, the moment itself, and weeks afterwards are seamlessly intercut. Moriarty provides plenty of hints and red-herrings as to what might’ve occurred, but keeps the truth shrouded in mystery, building to the revelation, keeping readers on edge and mulling over the seriousness of what occurred. When the truth is revealed, rather than lose all that momentum the plot had garnered, the focus shifts to dealing with the consequences, and poses a new question to readers: is there any coming back from this? As always, character remains king in Moriarty’s work, and the large cast presented here will live long in the memory thanks to their wildly discordant personalities and interwoven histories. Each possesses characteristics readers will immediately recognize from people in their lives. Guilt manifests itself in each of them in very different ways, and all struggle to move past the catastrophic events of the barbecue. Truly Madly Guilty can be requested through any of the eight branches of the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM August 7th – 20th, 2016

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