Brenner and God

Brenner and God

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by Wolf Haas
     
 

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Introducing one of Europe's most widely popular detective series

Wanting out of high-stress detective work, Simon Brenner takes a calming job as a chauffeur, shuttling a two-year-old girl back and forth in a soothing ride along the Autobahn between her father, a construction tycoon in Munich, and her mother, an abortion doctor in Vienna.

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Introducing one of Europe's most widely popular detective series

Wanting out of high-stress detective work, Simon Brenner takes a calming job as a chauffeur, shuttling a two-year-old girl back and forth in a soothing ride along the Autobahn between her father, a construction tycoon in Munich, and her mother, an abortion doctor in Vienna.

Except then one day he stops at a gas station to buy the little girl a chocolate bar and comes back to find she’s been kidnapped . . . and suddenly he’s out of a job, thoroughly stressed out, and a detective again.

With no shortage of leads—both the father’s latest development and the mother’s clinic are under siege by protestors—Brenner makes his way through a powerful cast of characters and a growing pile of bodies to solve the crime in the only way he knows how: By being in precisely the right place at the worst possible time.

Told with sharp-edged wit, suspense that’s even sharper, and one of the most quirky, hilarious, and compelling narrative voices ever.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This quirkily funny kidnapping caper marks the first appearance in English of underdog sleuth Simon Brenner, a middle-aged ex-cop living in Vienna. Brenner feels he’s finally found his professional niche after being hired as a chauffeur for two-year-old Helena Kressdorf by her construction mogul father and physician mother. Unfortunately, when Brenner briefly leaves Helena alone in the car at a gas station, she disappears, apparently abducted. Suspicion falls first on Brenner, and then on Sebastian Knoll, an antiabortion activist opposed to the clinic run by Helena’s mother. No longer employed by the Kressdorfs, Brenner decides to investigate the case himself and uncovers possible connections to the father’s new construction development and political relationships. Austrian author Haas brings a wry sense of humor to this familiar story line with his detached, conversational style. American readers will look forward to seeing more of Herr Simon. (June)
From the Publisher
"Brenner and God  is one of the cleverest—and most thoroughly enjoyable—mysteries that I've read in a long time. Wolf Haas is the real deal, and his arrival on the American book scene is long overdue."
—Carl Hiaasen, NY Times bestselling author of Skinny Dip


"Simon Brenner, the hero of Wolf Haas' marvelous series of crime thrillers, is a wildly likable and original character—a delightful and unexpected hero to show up in this noble and enduring genre. That Brenner struggles his way—always humanistically, often humorously—through Haas' acutely suspenseful narratives without the aid of a firearm, armed only with his smarts and sometimes fallible intuition, is a monumental plus." 
—Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs

“A must for crime fiction lovers with a sense of humor: In Simon Brenner, Wolf Haas has created a protagonist so real and believable that I sometimes wanted to tap him on the shoulder and point him in the right direction!”—Andrey Kurkov, author of Death and the Penguin

“Drolly told by an unidentified yet surprisingly reliable narrator, Brenner and God is very funny, leavened throughout with a finely honed sense of the absurd.”
—Lisa Brackmann, author of Rock Paper Tiger and Getaway

"Haas brings a wry sense of humor to this familiar story line with his detached, conversational style. American readers will look forward to seeing more of Simon Brenner." 
—Publishers Weekly

"Brenner and God is a humdinger ... a sockdollager of an action yarn, revealed via the smart-ass, self-effacing narrative voice that's a sort of trademark of author Wolf Haas." —The Austin Chronicle

"Wolf Haas presents us with one of the most thoroughly likable characters I’ve come across in a very long while ... the book is a meticulously plotted, dark, and often very funny ride." —The Millions

"[A] superb translation of one of Austria’s finest crime novels. This is the first of the Brenner novels in English. We can only hope for more, "[Brenner] has been brilliantly brought to life by Mister Hass’ subtle yet masterful prose, with just the right balance of dark humor." —New York Journal of Books 

Publisher Melville House is to be commended for translating the Brenner series into English, and bringing it to a wider audience. Mister Hass may not yet be a household name, this side of the Atlantic, but all that is about to change, thanks to Simon Brenner."—Globe and Mail

"A gleaming gem of a novel" —Crimespree Magazine

“Thanks to Simon Brenner, the Austrian Wolf Haas is one of the German-speaking world's premier crime writers, beloved by critics and readers alike.” —Der Spiegel
 
“This is great art, great fun.”—Germany Radio
 
“Wolf Haas writes the funniest and cleverest mysteries.”—Die Welt

"I liked the way Haas set up the narration of this story (and I LOVED Brenner)...quite funny, very well done.  I will definitely be wanting to pick up the next Melville House Brenner release The Bone Man." --Crime Segment

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612191140
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Series:
Simon Brenner Series , #7
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
402,163
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Brenner and God  is one of the cleverest—and most thoroughly enjoyable—mysteries that I've read in a long time. Wolf Haas is the real deal, and his arrival on the American book scene is long overdue."
—Carl Hiaasen, NY Times bestselling author of Skinny Dip


"Simon Brenner, the hero of Wolf Haas' marvelous series of crime thrillers, is a wildly likable and original character—a delightful and unexpected hero to show up in this noble and enduring genre. That Brenner struggles his way—always humanistically, often humorously—through Haas' acutely suspenseful narratives without the aid of a firearm, armed only with his smarts and sometimes fallible intuition, is a monumental plus." 
—Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs

“A must for crime fiction lovers with a sense of humor: In Simon Brenner, Wolf Haas has created a protagonist so real and believable that I sometimes wanted to tap him on the shoulder and point him in the right direction!”—Andrey Kurkov, author of Death and the Penguin

“Drolly told by an unidentified yet surprisingly reliable narrator, Brenner and God is very funny, leavened throughout with a finely honed sense of the absurd.”
—Lisa Brackmann, author of Rock Paper Tiger and Getaway

"Haas brings a wry sense of humor to this familiar story line with his detached, conversational style. American readers will look forward to seeing more of Simon Brenner." 
—Publishers Weekly

"Brenner and God is a humdinger ... a sockdollager of an action yarn, revealed via the smart-ass, self-effacing narrative voice that's a sort of trademark of author Wolf Haas." —The Austin Chronicle

"Wolf Haas presents us with one of the most thoroughly likable characters I’ve come across in a very long while ... the book is a meticulously plotted, dark, and often very funny ride." —The Millions

"[A] superb translation of one of Austria’s finest crime novels. This is the first of the Brenner novels in English. We can only hope for more, "[Brenner] has been brilliantly brought to life by Mister Hass’ subtle yet masterful prose, with just the right balance of dark humor." —New York Journal of Books 

Publisher Melville House is to be commended for translating the Brenner series into English, and bringing it to a wider audience. Mister Hass may not yet be a household name, this side of the Atlantic, but all that is about to change, thanks to Simon Brenner."—Globe and Mail

"A gleaming gem of a novel" —Crimespree Magazine

“Thanks to Simon Brenner, the Austrian Wolf Haas is one of the German-speaking world's premier crime writers, beloved by critics and readers alike.” —Der Spiegel
 
“This is great art, great fun.”—Germany Radio
 
“Wolf Haas writes the funniest and cleverest mysteries.”—Die Welt

"I liked the way Haas set up the narration of this story (and I LOVED Brenner)...quite funny, very well done.  I will definitely be wanting to pick up the next Melville House Brenner release The Bone Man." —Crime Segment

Meet the Author

Wolf Haas was born in 1960 in the Austrian province of Salzburg. He is the author of seven books in the bestselling Detective Brenner mystery series, three of which have been made into popular German-language films. Among other prizes, the Brenner books have been awarded the 2004 Literature Prize from the City of Vienna and the German Thriller Prize.
 
Annie Janusch is the translator of the Art of the Novella edition of Heinrich von Kleist’s The Duel.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the original German. While I am not completely fluent, I remember reading a funny, interesting crime drama from a cynical former detective. However, from preliminary readings of the translation, it seems that most of the humor or voice was lost. I am not sure if the translator's native language is English or German, but a lot of the wording is cliche or sounds like it is trying too hard to be "natural", in my opinion. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Haas. It's the voice that makes these books so memorable. Imagine the saddest most cynical detective you can, throw some dark, political crimes his way, but then give him a narrator that mocks and cajoles him the whole way. It's funnier than it has any right to be. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a thriller, but the only memorable parts are the occasional attempts at jokes. I fell asleep trying to read it more than any other book I can recall. The author writes as if she is a "story teller", and an irascible one at that, an affectation that annoys, rather than making the story interesting. There is no suspense, nothing to grab your interest, other than regrets at spending money on the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to read this book as the synopsis sounded like it would good. I found what I read to be confusing and not interesting. I may not have been in the right mood to appreciate this book.