Jussi Adler-Olsen Talks About His Work And Life

Jussi Adler-Olsen (born 1950) is the internationally best selling author the new crime novel The Keeper of Lost Causes (Published as Mercy in the UK). We reviewed this book a while ago here and immediately put it in our list of must-read books. After following several different courses of study and engaging in various professions, Jussi embarked on his literary career with two books about Groucho Marx in 1984. His bestsellers include the thriller Alfabethuset (Alphabet House) (1997) and, most recently, Journal 64 (2010).

In this interview (see the video conversation here), the author talks about The Keeper of Lost Causes (or Mercy in the U.K.) and how he thinks he is different from authors such as Stieg Larsson or Jo Nesbo.

Nowadays, a lot of reviewers and readers compare me to Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo…They shouldn’t, you know: I am Jussi Adler-Olsen. I’m all by myself on my own platform. This is not mainstream Scandinavian thriller or crime story if you like. This is perhaps a little more filled with humor, special plots and not the usual melodramatic, depressing ray of Scandinavia as you used to read. So, please don’t compare me to anyone. Just read it for my own sake and your own sake, please.

I was a publisher before and I saw a lot of manuscripts. So one day I asked myself, “Is it really necessary for you to sit here and read stuff? Why not write it yourself? 

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For our The Ultimate Guide To Jussi Adler-Olsen Books, Movies and Department Q Novels, go here.