Authors A to Z: Adler-Olsen

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Jussi Adler-Olsen

Carl Valdemar Jussi Henry Adler-Olsen (born August 2, 1950) is a Danish writer of crime fiction, as well as a publisher, editor and entrepreneur. Jussi made his debut as a fiction writer in 1997.

Born in Copenhagen, he was the youngest of four children and the only boy. Son of the successful sexologist and psychiatrist Henry Olsen, he spent his childhood with his family in doctors’ official residences at several mental hospitals across Denmark. In his late teens, he played in a pop group as lead guitarist. He graduated from high school in 1970, from 1970-78 he studied medicine, sociology and film making .

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark’s #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestselling author. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe and have sold more than fifteen million copies around the world. His many significant Nordic crime-writing awards include the Glass Key Award, also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Hoeg. His writing is fast-paced, with inventive plotting and visceral psychology, with flashes of humor.

Genre:Psychological suspense; Scandinavian crime fiction; Thrillers and suspense
Story-line:Intricately plotted
Tone:Atmospheric; Suspenseful; Violent
Writing Style:Compelling

The First volume in the Department Q series is The Keeper of Lost Causes.



On a beautiful winter’s day the young, progressive politician Merete Lynggaard disappears without a trace. The media are all over the story with their headlines suggesting everything from murder and suicide to a planned voluntary disappearance. The police immediately commence a large-scale investigation, alas with no result. Merete Lynggaard has vanished from the face of the earth.

Not until Carl Mørck , the deputy detective superintendent who has been through a lot in his time, is put in charge of the new department for “cases of special focus” is there a major breakthrough in the investigation. Soon Carl and his assistant Assad are tracing a reckless criminal, who driven by hate has set up an insane scheme.


“Plan on putting everything else in your life on hold if you pick up this book.” — The Oregonian

“Far from being just another morose Nordic crime writer, Adler-Olsen creates a detective whose curiosity is as active as his soul is tortured.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“Adler-Olsen’s prose is superior to Larsson’s, his tortures are less discomfiting, and he has a sense of humor.” — Booklist (starred review)

“The new ‘it’ boy of Nordic Noir.” — The Times (London)


There are many, many wonderful writers whose last name starts with the letter A, I chose this particular author for my friend and previous co-worker Merlee.  She enjoys crime novels and Mr. Adler-Olsen is a favorite.  Look for the next in the Authors A to Z series-coming soon. I’d also like to credit two resources I use everyday to look up authors, series and to find recommendations.



Bounty Hunters, Detectives and P.I.’s, OH MY!

humor/crimeIf you are searching for a good series to read, don’t overlook the lighter side of the mystery/crime genre. Authors like Janet Evanovich, Darynda Jones and Lee Goldberg know how to write a book with a LAUGH OUT LOUD GUARANTEE !

Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter from a working-class neighborhood in Trenton, New Jersey, who frequently finds herself on the hunt for low-lifes and barely respectable folk. Her family is a constant annoyance but also anchor her crazy life: a mother who meddles and makes an amazing pot roast, a grandmother who is “two cans short of a six-pack,” and Lula, a reformed ‘ho and Stephanie’s sometimes partner.  With twenty-two books in the series so far, I hope Janet Evanovich never stops writing this hilarious series. Start with One for the Money, hang on and enjoy the ride, be forewarned every character is armed and unbelievably funny!Stephanie Plum Series

Take Stephanie Plum and add a heart of gold, ADHD and the supernatural and you have Charlie Davidson. Charlie has seen ghosts since the day she was born, as she grew-up her cop father realized she could help solve cases (she can ask the “stiff” who killed him). Now Charlie is all grown up and running her own P.I. business, with a caffeine addiction and a wardrobe that consists of t-shirts with sayings like “better to see dead than be dead” and “I’d have a longer attention span if there weren’t so many shiny things”. Lighthearted, nonsensical, silly and sexy. The Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones is currently nine books long, Dirt on Ninth Grave was just released, and I got mine that very day!Charley Davidson

Most of us have seen or heard of Monk the television series, but have you read any of the Monk books written by Lee Goldberg? Adrian Monk is an obsessive-compulsive sleuth, these novels are hysterically funny with devilishly clever plots. You’d be hard-pressed to find another series  that provides so many hip and humorous moments.

All three of these outstanding series are available to borrow in print, digitally as an e-book and as an audio book.

New Book Reads

I have a great job.  All new incoming books come to my desk to be processed.  I am the first one to browse through new fiction, biographies or non-fiction books.  I love it!!  I can decide what my next book is every day.  Of course, that can be a problem too….finding the time to read them!  If I’m in the mood for a good crime drama, I might try Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods. Sometimes, if I just want to read about someone else, I might choose the new biography by Gloria Steinem My Life on the Road.  So many choices, so little time.  Oh my!

9780399174681                            My Life on the Road