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When the corpses of an American couple are found frozen to death on a ski lift in a pristine Alpine village, Brenner is called in to investigate, in his first case as a P.I.
When Inspector Simon Brenner leaves the police force, he's looking forward to some peace and quiet, and the lovely Alpine village of Zell seems like just the place. That is, until the corpses of an American couple are found frozen on a ski lift, and Brenner, doing some part time work for an insurance company, is called in to investigate the matter. It turns out that the victims have relatives in the area, and the crime—if it is a crime—seems like it could be a family affair. Except the prime suspect has a solid alibi and no one in picture-perfect Zell is talking.
So Brenner, in his inimitable style, draws out all the village's characters—the longtime residents, the resort staff and guests—and uncovers the dirty doings that lurk underneath the pristine snow...and family secrets long buried. This first book sets up the totally unique, quirky narrative voice that runs throughout the series and introduces the reluctant, yet brilliant, Detective Brenner,in a plot with as many twists and turns as a Double Black Diamond.
"Originally published in Germany in 1996, Haas's first in his Insp. Simon Brenner series uses a sardonic omniscient third-person narrative voice to stand out from other darkly comic mysteries. The setting is Zell, the capital of Pinzgau, 'a tiny speck' in the middle of Europe, whose economy is sustained by skiing. Brenner has quit the police after almost 20 years, and taken up as a PI. An insurance company gives him what appears to be a tragic accident to investigate: an Americans couple, rich octogenarian factory owners, froze to death on a ski lift owned by their son-in-law, Vergolder Antretter. As Antretter, who controls half of Zell, is the only surviving relative, the circumstances of the deaths appear suspicious. From the outset, Haas makes clear that the investigation will be a long haul, with the narrator stating that Brenner solves the case after working on it for nine months. But the time passes quickly en route to a solution that's been fairly clued. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Wolf Haas is the real deal, and his arrival on the American book scene is long overdue.”
THE FIRST INSPECTOR BRENNER NOVEL
The darkly comic book that launched the bestselling series . . .
Wolf Haas is firmly established as one of the world’s bestselling crime novelists. And now the novel that introduced Simon Brenner, Haas’s inimitable protagonist—a detective who always gets where he’s going, but never the way anyone else would—is available for the first time in English.
When the corpses of two Americans turn up on a ski lift in the idyllic Swiss town of Zell, former police inspector Brenner, who needs a new job, not to mention more migraine medication, agrees to investigate the deaths for an insurance company.
But as Brenner gets acquainted with the finer points of curling, community theater, and certain sexy local schoolteachers, he notices one thing starkly missing: any semblance of a clue.
Until he stumbles across a buried secret that might have explosive consequences.
About the Author
Wolf Haas was born in 1960 in the Austrian province of Salzburg. He is the author of seven books in the bestselling Brenner mystery series, three of which have been adapted into major German-language films by director Wolfgang Murnberger. Among other prizes, the books in the series have been awarded the German Thriller Prize and the 2004 Literature Prize from the city of Vienna. Haas lives in Vienna.
Annie Janusch is the translator of the Art of the Novella series edition of Heinrich von Kleist’s The Duel, as well as the first three books in Wolf Haas’s Brenner series, Brenner and God, The Bone Man, and Come, Sweet Death!
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