The Keeper of Lost Causes | Chicago Reader

The Keeper of Lost Causes

The Dept. Q Trilogy, based on three best-selling crime novels by Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen, draws comparisons with Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo franchise: set in Scandinavia and featuring a sullen male protagonist, it's violent, hard-boiled, and psychologically disturbing. But its antihero, a clench-jawed police detective (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), also embodies a belief that individual goodness might be enough to prevail over darkness. "I don't believe in God, I don't believe in jack shit," the detective tells the villain at the climax of the third installment. The villain disagrees: "All your life you've saved people you never met. Of course you believe. I've never met a believer like you in my life." Continue reading >>

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