Resurrection

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“Wolf Haas is the real deal, and his arrival on the American book scene is long overdue.”
—Carl Hiaasen

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 ...

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Overview

“Wolf Haas is the real deal, and his arrival on the American book scene is long overdue.”
—Carl Hiaasen

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/03/2014
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.)
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Praise for Resurrection

“If you like the Coen brothers, you will adore Inspector Brenner."
Globe and Mail (Canada)

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“It’s truly amazing to see Brenner finally put the pieces together . . . Add a narrator whose rapid-fire monologue piles additional layers of digression atop Brenner’s own circumlocutions, and you have the shaggiest detective currently working the field.”
Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Brenner and God

“Simon Brenner, the hero of Wolf Haas’s 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.”
—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

“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, author of Sick Puppy

“A meticulously plotted, dark, and often very funny ride.”
The Millions

“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

“[A] superb translation of one of Austria’s finest crime novels . . . Haas never loses the thread of investigation, even as he introduces off-beat characters and a very complex plot . . . This is the first of the Brenner novels in English. We can only hope for more, soon.”
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Even as Haas darkens the mood of this sly and entertaining novel, he maintains its sardonically irreverent tone.”
The Barnes & Noble Review

“A pacey and gripping read.”
Euro Crime

“A gleaming gem of a novel.”
Crimespree Magazine

“This quirkily funny kidnapping caper marks the first appearance in English of underdog sleuth Simon Brenner . . . Austrian author Haas brings a wry sense of humor . . . American readers will look forward to seeing more of Herr Simon.”     
Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Bone Man

“Darkly comic . . . American mystery fans should enjoy Haas’s quirky, digressive storytelling style.”    
Publishers Weekly

“It’s a novel that leaves you laughing even as you work to solve the mystery.”
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“A brilliant book . . . Already among the greats of mystery fiction.”
Book Devil

“The most original figure here is the narrator, who hovers above the action with matter-of-fact detachment, ever alert for moments when he can swoop down and set you straight about what’s going on or change the subject entirely.”    
Kirkus

From the Publisher
"Wolf Haas is the real deal, and his arrival on the American book scene is long overdue." —CARL HIASSEN

"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." —JONATHAN DEMME

Praise for Brenner and God:

"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

"A meticulously plotted, dark, and often very funny ride." —The Millions

Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-22
A pair of Americans dead on a ski lift provides the case that launched Austrian detective Simon Brenner (The Bone Man, 2013) into his wobbly orbit. Just because his new supervisor has hastened his departure from the police, that's no reason Brenner can't continue to investigate the deaths of elderly Ted Parsons and his wife, Suzanne, aboard the chair lift in the ski resort of Zell. After all, he's the leading authority on the case, despite his lack of results. So when the Meierling Detective Agency needs someone to provide a report for the wealthy couple's insurance company, they naturally turn to Brenner. And in less time than it takes to tell it—for everything in Haas' world, like Tristram Shandy's, takes much longer to tell than to happen—Brenner is raising questions once more about the alibi Lorenz Antretter supplied for his uncle Vergolder, the Parsons' son-in-law. Brenner pores over a series of pseudonymous letters outlining the disastrous consequences if the three enormous dams above Zell should break, marvels at the beer-drinking dexterity of a handless German visitor, dodges a pesky reporter from the Pinzgauer Post, lusts after schoolteacher Kati Engljähringer and recalls the time he took police secretary Anni Bichler home five years ago. (Her post-coital verdict: "Frankly, your apartment doesn't have any atmosphere.") There's a serious conspiracy beneath all this tomfoolery, but it's buried mighty deep, and it's truly amazing to see Brenner finally put the pieces together, even with the help he gets from an obliging lift operator and a sixth-grade student. Add a narrator whose rapid-fire monologue piles additional layers of digression atop Brenner's own circumlocutions, and you have the shaggiest detective currently working the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612192703
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Series: Simon Brenner Series, #1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 993,942
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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 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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    Not a bad read, but not what I was expecting. At 124 pages, this is great for those who want a quick read or get annoyed with excessive backstory or personal problems the character is having detracting from the story. The writing style is different; it's a bit like having someone who has ADHD or is a bit tipsy telling you a drawn-out story. I felt impatient, but I was involved and I definitely wanted to get there. The characters are colorful and the setting, a resort town in Austria, was interesting.

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