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. Read more...
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.
- ISBN-13: 9781612191133
- ISBN-10: 1612191134
- Publisher: Melville House Publishing
- Publish Date: June 2012
- Page Count: 215
- Dimensions: 8.25 x 5.54 x 0.56 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.44 pounds
Series: Melville International Crime
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-04-09
- Reviewer: Staff
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)