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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
Tags:Taunus, Mord

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Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus (2012)



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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 |
Sitting down to write this, my first thought was...where do I begin? This is one of the most compelling, affecting novels I've read & the characters & their stories continue to reside in my head. If you can finish this book & blithely pick up the next one on your reading list, you're made of stronger stuff than I.
This is the 6th in Neuhaus' Taunus series, featuring DS Pia Kirchhoff & her boss Chief DS Oliver von Bodenstein of the Kripo Criminal Police in a district of Frankfurt.. They've been through a lot together professionally & individually in their personal lives.
Pia has been living with Christoph for several months now & things are going better than she expected. He is a kind, gentle man, the perfect foil to balance the stress of her job. Oliver is starting to see the light at the end of his previously miserable life. After the acrimonious end of a long marriage, he's regained self confidence & is looking forward to moving into his own place & a renewed friendship with an old classmate.
It all begins when some drunk teens stumble over the body of a young woman lying in shallow water. When Pia & her crew arrive, they are horrified by her wounds. Dr Henning Kirchhoff's (Pia's ex) autopsy reveals a multitude of old injuries caused by years of abuse. It brings to mind an unsolved case from 9 years ago of another young girl found dead in similar circumstances. But none of them are prepared for the chain of events that will follow.
In a concurent side story, we meet Hanna Herzmann, an ambitious & successful TV journalist famous for her Jerry Springer style interviews. She's recently kicked out husband #4, her miserable, self absorbed daughter Meike is moving in for the summer & worst of all, she's in a ratings slump. Then her therapist summons her to a clandestine meeting with two men, a reformed biker named Bernd & Kilian Rothemund, a disgraced lawyer/convicted child molester. The story they tell her is chilling & unbelievable but may be the scoop of the year.
In serial interludes through the book, there are passages detailing the life of an anonymous child. She's a little girl who loves horses & is the apple of her father's eye. He spoils her, buying clothes like the funny red cape with a hood. She knows that she wore it for their "special times" together with his friends but strangely, all she can remember is being afraid of the big bad wolf.
Meanwhile, Emma (old high school chum of Pia's) is dealing with being hugely pregnant during the hottest summer in memory, an increasingly distant husband & strange, sudden behavioural changes in her young daughter.
There are 5-6 story lines that start independently but it's only as the author begins to skillfully weave them all together that we get an idea of the true scope of the plot. The cast of characters is large & well developed. Each has a distinctive voice as events unfold & the tension builds. But Neuhaus is a master of misdirection & as Pia uncovers all the secrets & lies, we too learn of hidden connections & identities. More than once, I was shocked to find out what I'd come to believe was completely wrong. There is a mounting sense of dread & while Pia in particular becomes a target, no character will emerge with the life they had before.
This is more than a police procedural involving multiple murders. Some of the subject matter is very disturbing but unfortunately, true to life. There are graphic descriptions of assaults involving adults but crimes committed against children are mostly alluded to & occur off the page. Your imagination will take over & you desperately want to see some of these people get what they deserve.
This is a riveting page turner you'll resent having to put down & I stayed up waaay too late finishing it. Yes, it's unsettling but so well written that you're quickly hooked & have to know how it all pans out. By the end, many aspects of the case are resolved but not all, leaving us to wonder if some of these characters will pop up in subsequent books. If you enjoy compelling, gritty & complex thrillers, this is for you ( )
  RowingRabbit | Sep 14, 2014 |
I have never read Snow White Must Die but I have wanted to. My favorite genre is mystery/suspense novels. I had not problems with this book being translated. I agree with another reader that there were so many character view points that it was hard to keep them all straight. Plus, I did not really think that all the different voices help add anything to the story. Because this is the sixth book in the series and the first that I have read, I have missed the growing relationship with Pia and Oliver. So to me there were just ok. Nothing real special about either one.

Although I do have to admit that this story was dark with the subject matter of child welfare and child pornography. In fact, the idea that drew me to this book with the bad wolf was an actual turn off for me. It was hard to read about an innocent child having to do the things the child did in this book. While, there was not gore in this book the details or hints of details about the subject matter was scary enough. I will still check out Snow White Must Die as I have heard this is the better book by this author. ( )
  Cherylk | Jun 24, 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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