Based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s award-winning novel Mercy, the first in the bestselling Department Q crime fiction series, The Keeper of Lost Causes is a powerful and gripping thriller starring Nicolaj Lie Kaas (The Killing), Sonja Richter (The Homesman) and Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty, Safe House).

KOLC_quad_420Carl Mørck (Kaas) is a troubled detective who is taken off Homicide when one partner is killed and another wounded during a routine operation. Reassigned to the newly created Department Q, a basement-bound job filing cold cases, he is allocated a new assistant, Assad (Fares), a smart young cop.

Always one to go against orders, Mørck throws them headlong into the mystery of politician Merete Lynggaard (Richter)’s disappearance five years earlier. Believing the case to be unsolved, they embark on a dangerous journey that will uncover a shocking truth.


From the producers of Nymphomaniac and A Royal Affair, and adapted by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo screenwriter Nikolaj Arcel, The Keeper of Lost Causes is released in cinemas by Picturehouse Entertainment on 29 August 2014.

KOLC_packshot_224To coincide with the release of the film, Penguin has reissued Jussi Adler-Olsen’s original novel Mercy as The Keeper of Lost Causes alongside the other Department Q/Carl Mørck books Disgrace, Redemption and Guilt.

Read more and watch the official trailer.