Carl Mørck was a brilliant homicide detective, until his inability to move took the life of one of his partners and put another in a hospital bed. He’s always been just a bit cantankerous, but now it seems as though he’s fallen off the deep end and his superiors don’t quite know what to do with him.Cue a promotion.Now he’s got his own office (in the basement), an assistant (who’s not even a cop), and a stack of cold cases (waiting for him to get off his permanent cigarette break). So he figures he’ll spend some time playing Solitaire, some time smoking a couple cigarettes, and some time taking a nap, while he waits to retire. What Carl doesn’t plan for in this scenario is his very helpful assistant. As in one who starts poking through the stack, picks a case, and starts thinking – out loud – about it… Before you know it, Carl Mørck is hoofing it around and asking questions. Reluctantly, mind you, but asking them nonetheless.The Keeper of Lost Causes tells its story in pieces, jumping back and forth between 2002 and 2007. Its current day keeps up with Carl’s cranky mood, reluctant sleuthing, and eventual curiosity pique-ing. Its past details a woman in captivity, trying to figure out who has her, and why. And it all meets up in an explosive end.I liked reading The Keeper of Lost Causes more than the Millennium books – this had all of the tension but none of the OMG-is-this-slow pace of the latter. Definitely worth checking out for those who love whodunnits.drey’s rating: Excellent!