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Böser Wolf: Der sechste Fall für Bodenstein und Kirchhoff (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Nele Neuhaus

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Title:Böser Wolf: Der sechste Fall für Bodenstein und Kirchhoff
Authors:Nele Neuhaus
Info:Ullstein Hardcover (2012), Gebundene Ausgabe, 480 Seiten
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned, Krimis
Rating:****
Tags:Taunus, Mord

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Two murders--a girl whose body is found washed up in the river and a television hostess of an investigative show get our two intrepid police detectives, Oliver and Pia and their team, on the job to solve the crimes. Much of the first few chapters is setting up the situation. I felt many characters were extraneous to the story but they DO play a part. The author, as she mentions in her note, is to call attention to child molestation. That is her reason for writing the story. There was non-stop action once the story was in place with the false clues and betrayals, along with genuine leads. The novel leads to an insidious conclusion--not only one main perpetrator, but many who condone the goings-on. Personalities of the individuals are deeply explored. I think the author has striven to show how child abuse can affect victims and their families and other interested persons. ( )
  janerawoof | Mar 21, 2015 |
M'eh. Too much high-level conspiracy concealed for an implausible length of time for me.
  bfister | Feb 23, 2015 |
This story starts slow, with the body of a sixteen-year-old girl being discovered on a river bank. The police are unable to identify her, but when a popular TV reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car, what seems to be an unrelated crime turns out to be the link to solving the murder.

This story builds slowly, Nele Neuhaus get all the characters in place so you get to know them. She also builds on the personal relationships and back story of the main characters. Since not all the books are available this gets confusing at times. I tended to skim over them. The actual mystery was pretty straightforward. It was one of those where you knew what was going on but the interesting thing is who was actually doing it, and all these little side threads, how do they fit in? The ending was not really a surprise, but getting to the end was an interesting ride. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Feb 14, 2015 |
After finishing The New York Trilogy I needed something light, something I didn’t have to analyse. I picked up Big Bad Wolf because I enjoyed Snow White Must Die so much. I’m not saying that I can’t analyse a novel like this one (you can analyse every text), I just think at times some light reading is needed. Big Bad Wolf tells the story of a crime that happened on the river Main near Frankfurt. Investigators Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are back to investigate the crime, as the case progresses they find it taking them into a pit of evil and cruelty in the midst of a middle class utopia.

I am trying to make an effort to read more translated fiction; I loved Snow White Must Die which is book four in the series but only the first one to be translated into English. This is book six in the same series and I have to wonder why a publisher would publish books in such a weird order; this was a similar issue that happened with Jo Nesbø. I understand that a publisher would want to translate the novels that will sell the best but if Nele Neuhaus’ popularity continues to grow at this rate we will have another Nesbø situation.

Everything I loved about Snow White Must Die is absent in Big Bad Wolf; I think the problem is that Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are considered the main protagonists while Snow White Must Die focused more on the life of a man who served ten years for a crime he didn’t commit. That is what fascinated me but Big Bad Wolf is just another crime novel.

I’ve read so many great crime novels now that I find most of them clichéd and formulaic, Big Bad Wolf isn’t that bad but I’m looking for books that do something different and fresh with the genre. There are some decent moments in Big Bad Wolf, some unexpected twists but I wanted more. The novel is darker than most popular crime novels but keeps to the standard formula. One thing I did find difficult about this novel was the amount of view points, making it difficult at times to understand what was going on but this is an acceptable method for building suspense.

I highly recommend Snow White Must Die, if you haven’t tried some German translated crime before then this might be a good starting point. As for Big Bad Wolf, I’m disappointed with the end result but others might enjoy it more than I do. I hope Nele Neuhaus’ other novels are more like Snow White Must Die but I won’t be in a hurry to try her works again.

This review originally appeared on my blog; http://literary-exploration.com/2014/04/17/big-bad-wolf-by-nele-neuhaus/ ( )
  knowledge_lost | Dec 4, 2014 |
Ich habe bisher nur einen von Nele Neuhaus' Romanen gelesen: 'Schneewittchen muss sterben' und der war ok. Gut geschrieben, überzeugende Personen und Milieuschilderungen, spannende Handlung. Was mich damals bereits störte, taucht auch in diesem Krimi wieder auf: Eine Vielzahl von Handlungssträngen, die ihrer Aufgabe, Verwirrung beizutragen, sicherlich gerecht werden, aber auch zu manchen Längen im Buch führen.
Kurz mal ein Überblick über die Geschehnisse: Ein vorbestrafter Pädophiler bekommt Besuch von einem jungen Mädchen; ein junges Mädchen (die selbe?) treibt tot im Main; eine Fernsehreporterin ermittelt in unbekannter Sache; ein unangenehmer Kollege von früher will Bodenstein etwas anhängen; die beste Schulfreundin von Pia hat Eheprobleme. Ob und wie die Geschehnisse zusammenhängen, bleibt lange ungewiss, was der Spannung leider nicht immer guttut. Natürlich ahnt man, dass hier Zusammenhänge existieren, die sich am Ende des Buches auch alle offenbaren, aber 100 Seiten weniger hätten der Geschichte vielleicht besser getan. Dennoch: Die Spannung reicht aus, um die 473 Seiten zu Ende lesen zu wollen - und das zählt ja :-)
Was mir im Gegensatz zu 'Schneewittchen muss sterben' hier fehlte, waren die Milieuschilderungen. Diese sind mir noch immer im Gedächtnis, die bedrückende Enge der Dorfgemeinschaft, die Neugier der MitbewohnerInnen, das Verstohlene. In 'Böser Wolf' kommt so etwas nicht vor, denn man erhält nur kurze Einblicke in die unterschiedlichen Lebensmilieus der Protagonisten, die dieses Mal die Hauptrolle spielen. Doch auch sie hinterlassen keine bleibenden Eindrücke, was vielleicht dem häufigen Szenewechsel geschuldet sein mag.
Alles in allem: ein gut geschriebener, unterhaltsamer Durchschnittskrimi. ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
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"On a hot June day the body of a sixteen-year-old girl washes up on a river bank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered, but no one comes forward with any information as to her identity. Even weeks later, the local police have not been able to find out who she is. Then a new case comes in: A popular TV reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives, barely, and is able to supply certain hints to the police, having to do with her recent investigations into a child welfare organization and the potenial uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society. As the two cases collide, Inspectors Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein dig deep into the past and underneath the veneer of bourgeois society to come up against a terrible secret that is about to impact their personal lives as well. In Nele Neuhaus's second U.S. publication of her enormously popular series, tensions run high and a complex and unpredictable plot propels her characters forward at breakneck speed"--… (more)

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