The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen

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I enjoyed the first in the Department Q series, with reservations, and liked this one equally, with some reservations. The premise of an underfunded police department trying to solve cold cases is good. The characters are great, and the conspiracy involving sadistic boarding school toffs here was good, to a point, but I found the focus on describing the sadistic things the gang did a little too close to the bone, shall we say? But that’s a matter of taste so, if you like your violence on screen, you’ll probably like this. Some good things going on in the background with our hero making a little headway in his non-existent love life.

No. 50 of 100 books I intend to read and review in 2019.

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Patrick Sherriff publishes a monthly newsletter highlighting good fiction about Japan and featuring an original painting or sketch. He lives in Abiko, Japan, with his wife and two daughters. He also runs Saku’s Random Book Club

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