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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, Krimis, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Taunus, Mord

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This is one of the best I've read in Nele Neuhaus' police procedural series featuring detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein. Characterization is the strong point in the series, and this novel excels. It is the sixth novel in the series (though not the sixth to appear in English), so the central characters have had time to fill out and to develop nuanced relationships with each other, and with subsidiary characters. Several of the other characters in the novel are also strongly developed: this is a well-populated thriller, but there is never any risk of confusing characters. The plot is compelling, if a bit over the top -- as so often in crime fiction, one must suspend the will to disbelieve. But the novel is a compelling read, and leaves me waiting for another to appear in English. ( )
  annbury | Apr 16, 2016 |
When a young woman’s body washes up in a river, Pia Kirchoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are tasked with finding out who she is and the identity of her killer. Meanwhile, a local talk show host is pursuing a story that could put her back on the map when she’s attacked. There is also a young mother who has concerns about her daughter’s change in behavior while dealing with her husband’s infidelity and the impending arrival of her second child. When it turns out that the three cases are connected, the heat is on to find the responsible parties. The deeper Kirchhoff and von Bodenstein dig, the more disturbing the information they start to reveal, and for Pia, the implications strike close to home.

The story is told from multiple third-person viewpoints, with some first-person accounts from a young girl recalling games her father used to play with her. The multiple viewpoints work well, throwing information at the reader that can easily lead them down the wrong track. The story suffers a little in the middle, with more emphasis on background building than moving the story forward. The last half of the book flies, though, with the loose ends neatly tied up. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, the author managed to surprise me. Rarely explicit, I found some elements of the story emotionally distressing. Though the framework of this novel is fiction, it explores the horrifying reality of sexual violence against children.

I thought this was a great book and if you enjoyed Snow White Must Die and Ice Princess I'm certain you will enjoy Bad Wolf as well. My only complaint is that certain events in the personal lives of Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein, addressed here, have taken place in the fifth book of the series which has not yet been translated. I don't mind reading out of order if the gaps are addressed in later books in a way that gives you some sort of understanding. I hope we can get a translation of Those Who Sow the Wind (Book 5) soon. I did see that the seventh book, I Am Your Judge, will be out in January.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Count on Neuhaus for springing surprising plots, making a crime fiction lesser predictable and more interesting. It is definitely a book not to be missed. Will start to hunt for Neuhaus remaining German-English translated books. ( )
  moonfleur | May 23, 2015 |
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 |
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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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