April 23, 2012
Brenner and God Goodreads Giveaway
by Kevin Murphy
Melville International Crime is publishing Wolf Haas’ Brenner and God in June. This is the first time a title from this wildly popular series will be released in the United States.
Haas is is the author of seven books in the bestselling Detective Brenner mystery series, three volumes of which have been made into popular German-language films. Among other prizes, the Brenner books have been awarded the German thriller prize and the 2004 Literature Prize from the City of Vienna.
Of Brenner and God, the director Jonathan Demme says, “Simon Brenner, the hero of Wolf Haas’ marvelous series of crime thrillers, is a wildly likable and original character—a delightful and unexpected hero to show up in this noble and enduring genre. That Brenner struggles his way—always humanistically, often humorously—through Haas’ acutely suspenseful narratives without the aid of a firearm, armed only with his smarts and sometimes fallible intuition, is a monumental plus.”
Publishers Weekly notes that “Haas brings a wry sense of humor to this familiar story line with his detached, conversational style. American readers will look forward to seeing more of Simon Brenner.”
About Brenner and God:
Simon Brenner is an ex-detective who’s now turned to a quieter career as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day at the gas station, while Brenner’s attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena, the little girl gets snatched from the car. Now out of a job, Brenner decides investigate her disappearance on his own. With both parents in the public eye, there’s no scarcity of leads—the father’s latest development project has spurred public protest, and the mother’s clinic has been targeted by the zealous leader of an anti-abortion group.
Set in Vienna’s gas stations, betting parlors, and “Yugoslav” discos, Brenner and God features a dubious cast of powerful characters: there are Viennese politicians, bankers, and real estate magnates, all implicated in the kidnapping.
Told in a playful style that has won the admiration of readers around the world, Haas writes with a dark humor that leaves no character, including Brenner, unscathed.
We’re excited about this book, and think you should be too, which is why we’re running a Goodreads giveaway. 10 free copies are up for grabs, and all you have to do is enter the contest below.
If you’re not the type to leave things to chance, you can always preorder through Melville House and we’ll make sure you get the book as soon as it’s ready. Visit the Brenner and God book page for more information.