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Resurrection (Melville International Crime) (urspr publ 1996; utgåvan 2014)

av Wolf Haas, Annie Janusch

Serier: Simon Brenner (1)

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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"--… (mer)
Medlem:LegalBizzle
Titel:Resurrection (Melville International Crime)
Författare:Wolf Haas
Andra författare:Annie Janusch
Info:Melville House Publishing (2014), Paperback, 224 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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This is the first volume of the Simon Brenner series. Brenner is a former police officer who now works as a detective. The story takes place in Zell (Austria), where over Christmas two Americans were found dead in the morning on the chairlift. At that time, Brenner was still investigating the case as a police officer from Vienna. It could not be cleared up, another reason why Brenner left the police and now continues to investigate for insurance as a detective on this case. He lives in a hotel in Zell and makes contact with all persons. He is not the fastest investigator, but he has the talent to record everything important as unimportant.
What I particularly like about this book is that as a reader you have the feeling that you are directly listening to a narrator. It's kind of like a regulars' table talk, which keeps wandering from the main story and continues on secondary squares, before returning to the actual reason. And yet these digressions are important to the whole.
Brenner is an amiable quirky person, I will definitely read his other cases as well. ( )
  Ameise1 | Oct 13, 2018 |
Simon Brenner is a 44 year-old ex-detective inspector ("or whatever his rank was") who has recently left the police after a nineteen-year career. He's on the same case he was working when he left, the strange affair of two elderly Americans found frozen to death in December on a chair lift in Zell am See, a popular ski area in the Austrian Alps. As the reader learns in the first two chapters, Brenner solved the case only after three-quarters of the year had gone by, not for the police, but for Vienna's Meierling Detective Agency, contracted by the Americans' insurance company. The police case had stalled in January; by March, as a PI for Meierling, Brenner was back. Suffering from pounding migraines, he works his way through this case with no evidence or leads; all he has is a seemingly unshakable alibi of one of the suspects given by a man who's just been released from a mental hospital.

So far, this may seem like a typical outing in the world of crime fiction, but it most definitely is not. If the author were to go straight from point A to point B with the case, the investigation and the solution, a) there would certainly be less pages in this book and b) it wouldn't be nearly as interesting or fun. The unique narration style strikes the reader immediately. It's as if he/she is being addressed by a sardonic someone who's sitting around in a bar, looking back and telling the story, complete with comments to "you," and the normal digressions a storyteller might make in such a situation, complete with character observations. As just one example of a meandering path in this book, in describing how Brenner took a taxi ride hoping for information from a talkative cabbie, the narrator turns that into a discourse on the sport of curling, rich tourists and poor tipping, as well as the way Brenner eats a sausage on a bun. Yet hidden among this often darkly humorous, tangential material are not only clues essential to solving the crime, but there is a lot of insight into Brenner's character, the issues faced by the permanent residents in this tourist mecca, and the ugly past of this otherwise outwardly postcard-perfect area.

Since I've already read the author's Brenner and God, it's pretty obvious that in this book he's just getting started on developing Brenner's character, but that's usually the case in a first series novel. The crime, once solved, proves to be cleverly plotted and I didn't guess the who or the why. I also happened to enjoy the quirkiness of Haas' writing style, but I can see how it might not be everyone's cup of tea. The story digresses and the meandering may be a little off-putting for a reader who's in this solely for the crime. However, for patient readers who are willing to take a chance on something very different in the crime-fiction zone, while it takes some initial bit of getting used to, Resurrection turns out to be a very good and quite satisfying read, punctuated here and there with bits of dark humor keeping it lively. Recommended. ( )
  bcquinnsmom | Jul 20, 2014 |
En la apacible localidad alpina de Zell am See, en Austria, la vida transcurre más lenta que en el resto del mundo. Allí no se mata a tiros, sino congelando a las víctimas. Ésta es la suerte que corre una pareja de acaudalados norteamericanos que, en una gélida mañana de invierno, es encontrada muerta en un telesilla. La policía pronto se estrella contra el muro de silencio de los lugareños. Sólo una persona podrá arrojar luz sobre este caso: el ex policía Brenner, a quien su desquiciante lentitud le ha valido perder su puesto. Ahora, como detective privado y sabiendo muy bien cómo las gastan en esta provincia austríaca, deberá resolver este caso. ( )
  juan1961 | Dec 7, 2012 |
Erfroren im Skilift findet der Lift-Lois am Morgen ein altes amerikanisches Ehepaar. Brenner, der noch als Polizist mit diesem Fall angfangen hat, dann aber den Dienst quittiert und Privatdetektiv geworden ist, ermittelt nach einem halben Jahr immer noch. Nur durch Zufall kommt er beim Asphalteisschießen auf die richtige Spur.

Der erste Brenner-Fall, der bereits das Muster aufzeigt: Skurrile Nebenfiguren, ein herumirrender, migränegeplagter Brenner und die unglaubliche Sprache: "Einen Menschen, der noch langsamer als der Lois den Senderknopf dreht, findest du nicht leicht. Daß du glaubst: Bombenentschärfung."

Einfach gut. ( )
  Wassilissa | Sep 18, 2011 |
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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"--

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