The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Add Denmark to my growing list of countries producing great crime fiction! (For those keeping score Sweden, Norway, Brazil and Iceland are already on that list.)
Carl Mǿrck is back from medical leave and he is impossible to work with. It is little wonder. One of his closest colleagues is paralyzed and the other is dead after a line of duty shoot out. To solve their personnel issues, and to appease the politicians, Department Q is formed with Carl as the lone employee. It is his job to solve the cold cases; those important ones that never got closed. Like the disappearance of a woman with political standing five years ago who was long ago declared dead. As Carl and his new assistant (new to police work and a man, who with Carl makes an unlikely and wonderful pairing) investigate they see all the avenues that the original officers assigned to the case never pursued. Could Carl actually close a cold case?
WONDERFUL on audio. The reader read all the dialogue in a Danish accent, which was particularly interesting when he was voicing a transplant from Syria with a Syrian/Danish accent. I have just put the second audiobook in the series – The Absent One – on hold.