Personally, I liked the way Haas set up the narration of this story although I do have to admit that by the end of the book the wiggy style was beginning to grate and I was starting to need a respite. In deciding whether or not to read this novel you might want to consider the following: if you're more into the crime and less into style, you might want to pass because of all of the meandering asides that can be rather intrusive at times slowing down movement toward resolution. OR, if you can just relax with the author's style and try to enjoy the humor knowing that the entire book is going to be like this in and around the crime narrative, well I think you'll find it quite funny, very well done.
I do hope Melville House will plan a run of the entire series -- starting with book number seven kind of leaves readers at a loss wondering about what other kinds of messes Simon Brenner has found himself in in the past. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.
I'm never a good person to listen to when it comes to crime novels, because I'm not really much of a fan of the genre; and then when it comes to Wolf Haas' Brenner and God , the English debut of what is apparently a hugely popular series in Europe, there's an additional problem, which is that the translatio Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.
I'm never a good person to listen to when it comes to crime novels, because I'm not really much of a fan of the genre; and then when it comes to Wolf Haas' Brenner and God , the English debut of what is apparently a hugely popular series in Europe, there's an additional problem, which is that the translation by Annie Janusch sounds very, very strange, and I couldn't tell whether this was being done on purpose or not.
I mean, the story is serviceable enough, the tale of a stressed-out former detective who takes a job as a chauffeur for the rich and famous, and who gets reluctantly pulled back into crime-fighting when a little girl he was in charge of gets kidnapped right under his nose; but I'm not sure if it's that Haas' original version was written in some hyper-stylized, Denis-Johnson-style German version of noir prose, but the English version calls undue attention to its own sentence structure in nearly every paragraph, and not in the good way either, coming across at many times as if you were at DisneyWorld and listening to a foreign visitor comically attempt to ask directions to Space Mountain.
When added to my natural disinterest in crime novels to begin with, the whole thing feels like I can't really do much service to this novel as a critic, so I'm just giving it a middle-of-the-road score today and moving on. Out of 7. The seventh I think in a bestselling German series, here translated for the first time, and I tried to like it. I really did, in part because it was given to me by someone whose taste I admire.
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It's written in a cockamamie and fiercely irritating third person in which the narrator takes a very animated intrusive would be another way of putting it role, continually stepping aside to tell us what he thinks about this or that, to order us to pay attention in case what he's The seventh I think in a bestselling German series, here translated for the first time, and I tried to like it. It's written in a cockamamie and fiercely irritating third person in which the narrator takes a very animated intrusive would be another way of putting it role, continually stepping aside to tell us what he thinks about this or that, to order us to pay attention in case what he's about to tell us is far too subtle for our grade level , and just generally being a pest.
This is also a mystery in which key elements of solving the crime are delivered more or less providentially, a route that always inspires doubt in me. I probably won't read the next one to be translated.
A fun break. I like the running patter of observations about memory, desperation, cell phones, police technique, hindsight, a truth written in flames, the Zone of Transparency In hindsight it would all be revealed eventually, or frankly, not even all of it, or else Vienna would l A fun break. Not yet! The plot is a tangle of current social issues and very individual weaknesses. Brenner is a character easy to spend time with, a skillful ex-policeman but with plenty of human flaws and humanity. Bits and pieces I didn't like. I found the first bit not the most readable, but the last half of this all-too-short book was a blistering read.
This seemed a much more mature read than and Resurrection and The Bone Man. After the halfway mark, I couldn't put the book down. It was that good a read. I'm not sure if crime readers will like Brenner because almost everything I've read in Crime has Bits and pieces I didn't like. I'm not sure if crime readers will like Brenner because almost everything I've read in Crime has left me completely flat.
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Brenner's attitude entertains me and so far it doesn't seem to be letting up. I liked this short book featuring an Austrian ex-detective turned chauffeur. It was definitely quirky and different, but that's good. The story was told by a somewhat detached narrator who is not identified, and that took some getting used to. This is the first of Haas's books to be translated, and I'm not sure if it's the first in his series or not.
I'll definitely try another. His biggest challenge appears to be how to sneak Helena a chocolate bar without her parents finding out. Brenner is a brooder, and his instinct is to tear himself apart with guilt, and go back to figuring out how to find her. You can listen to music in private, you can enjoy nature without exertion, and when in despair, you can let out a cry. I have to say it was brilliant My only minor qualm about the story was the curious introduction of one character, a police officer named Peinhaupt.
I was surprised to see that his character sort of vanishes in the action of the mystery, only to reappear later in a minor scene. While this is part of a series of books about Brenner, the seventh in fact, it is the first Brenner novel to appear in English. View all 3 comments. Brenner and God is the first of Wolf Haas's Detective Simon Brenner series to be translated from German to English, though it is the seventh book in the series.
It seems like an odd place to begin, but I doubt any one would guess. It was the premise that piqued my interest, introducing Brenner, once a police detective, now a personal chauffeur for a two year old girl, Helena. When Helena goes missing from the limousine while Brenner sips espresso in the service station, it is assumed that she ha Brenner and God is the first of Wolf Haas's Detective Simon Brenner series to be translated from German to English, though it is the seventh book in the series.
When Helena goes missing from the limousine while Brenner sips espresso in the service station, it is assumed that she has been kidnapped. The police suspect Brenner is involved, but her parents, a doctor who provides abortions and a construction and property developer giant, have plenty of enemies. When there is no ransom demand, or a body, Brenner decides to investigate the child's disappearance only to find himself mired in a cesspit of lies, betrayal and murder. Told in the first person by an omniscient narrator who is never introduced, intermittently addresses the reader directly as well as interjecting opinion, information and judgement, Brenner and God has one of the most unusual styles of narration I have encountered.
The effect is initially bewildering and I am not sure I ever quite got used to the quirky voice, even though I admired the author's unique approach. Brenner is a cynic with an emerging pill habit and a history of ignoring authority. Despite being warned off becoming involved in the investigation he refuses to step back from the case, driven not only by his sense of guilt but also his belief in doing the right thing.
I did enjoy Brenner and God, it's entertaining and clever with an appealing protagonist. This is a book for fans of noir detective fiction looking for something unusual and edgy. This is the seventh book in the "Brenner" series by Austrian writer Haas, but the first to appear in English. I generally hate it when series books are translated out of order, since it always leaves me with a nagging feeling that there's a whole lot of depth and backstory to the protagonist that I'm missing out on. That was especially the case with this book, which employs an unusually intrusive omniscient narrator who offers a snarky running commentary to the proceedings.
Brenner is an antidepr This is the seventh book in the "Brenner" series by Austrian writer Haas, but the first to appear in English. Brenner is an antidepressant-popping ex-cop, currently working as the private chauffeur to a wealthy developer, mainly ferrying the man's two-year-old daughter back and forth between Vienna and Munich.
The story itself revolves around what happens one night when Brenner stops at a gas station to fill up and grab a coffee, and comes back to an empty car. Although he is immediately fired by the developer and his wife an abortion clinic doctor , Brenner naturally can't sit back and let the police fumble around -- he has to find the girl himself.
Both parents had enemies due to their professions, and Brenner starts poking his nose into their affairs in order to try and suss out the kidnappers. What makes the book marginally more interesting than your average detective procedural, is the style and tone of the darkly comic narrator. The asides and interjections break up what is, at its core, a pretty simple narrative. They also provide a great deal of foreshadowing, enough for the reader to know from very early on that this is a story with a significant body count.
Depending on the reader, this can be taken blackly humorous, or possibly annoying -- personally, I enjoyed it even though it lessens the suspense. This one is beautiful. I am always happy to find a new Euro cop I can enjoy. The unseen, unnamed narrator Haas assigns to relate this story is one of the truly funny literary voices I have read in a long while.
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And the more so in mystery writing. Anyone who ever got hooked on This one is beautiful. Obviously Marlowe is a creature of his time… and there are many others between then and now. Jussi Adler-Olsen Denmark. Leif G. Persson Sweden. Pacio Taibo Mexico. Stuart Macbride Scotland. Fred Vargas France.
Wolf Haas fits perfectly with right now. A question of effectively blending noir with the absurd. The plot revolves around the kidnapping of the young daughter of lady abortionist and her construction mogul husband. The kid is snatched at a gas station while the chauffeur is inside paying for gas. The chauffeur is Brenner, who quit the police for something more relaxing.
His sense of guilt transforms him into a private detective and he eventually solves the mystery. The plot has interesting turns, some of them quite violent indeed - EXCEPT for the fact of this amazing narrative voice. I have just read of the publication in English of another book by Wolf Haas from the Brenner series. Which is great news. I highly recommend Brenner and God. Brenner and God is a curious book. The story is told through an anonymous narrator who both tells the story and 'talks to' the reader, sometimes telling them what to do 'My dear Swan, pay attention, this is important'.
There are also a number of what are meant to be profound digressions, providing insights into modern society, but most fall flat. The plot is interesting enough, but its telling felt a little underdeveloped in terms of its realisation, characterisation and sense of place. I never felt as if I got to know any of the characters in any substantive way and some barely played a role or were under-used for example, the cop to whom the reader is given a relatively substantial introduction near the beginning then disappears until the end when he very briefly re-appears.
Wolf Haas is the real deal, and his arrival on the American book scene is long overdue. Jul 28, Des rated it it was amazing Shelves: german.
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