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Bad Wolf: Bodenstein & Kirchhoff, Book 2 | [Nele Neuhaus]

Bad Wolf: Bodenstein & Kirchhoff, Book 2

On a hot June day the body of a 16-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 identify her. Then a new case comes in: a popular television 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 potential uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society.
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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling next book in the internationally best-selling series that began with Snow White Must Die

On a hot June day the body of a 16-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 identify her. Then a new case comes in: a popular television 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 potential 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' second US publication of her enormously popular series, tensions run high, and a complex and unpredictable plot propels her characters forward at breakneck speed.

©2014 Nele Neuhaus (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

What the Critics Say

"Neuhaus’s sequel to Snow White Must Die demonstrates the author’s maturing skills...this nuanced effort suggests why the author is a bestseller in her native Germany." (Publishers Weekly)

"[T]his thriller works! Fans of Jo Nesbö’s gritty thrillers will enjoy the intricacies of the plot." (Library Journal)

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    Melinda UT 01-26-14
    Melinda UT 01-26-14

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    The Atlantic ocean seems to have gotten a little smaller since the success of Larsson's Dragon Tattoo series. Foreign modern crime thrillers have gained momentum, the translations giving us access to authors like Nesbo, Vargas, Lemaitre, Indridason, Mankell, et al. When Nele Neuhaus' Snow White Must Die appeared in book stores I had high hopes, largely based on high praise and a catchy title (I'm not chic enough to claim, *I simply adore European novels*) . . . turned out to be more a tumble to the ground than an all out splatt. Regrettably, not enough of a nose-dive to keep me from reaching out again to this German author.

    This is gritty, brutal, and for the hard-gutted. (Sounds fun, no?) Subject matter aside (I dealt with much worse cases of abuse in my profession, and am sadly too familiar with the subject), the book was tough for me to get through because of a disconnect that went beyond a language barrier. Authors that have previously tackled such heinous topics successfully have wisely layered a foundation for contained depravity as the story evolves, a kind of etiology that establishes a psychological contract between the author and reader. I now understand the importance of that structure, that 'leash to incredulity' and shock -- without that understanding, this kind of crime, especially dealing with children, lacks the human dimension and becomes perverse sensationalism. The best authors in this genre are able to make atrocities as palatable as possible because of talent/great writing. Neuhaus delivers a raw story that moves along at a good clip, but she lacks the ability to make it palatable.

    Fans of connect-the-dots police procedurals (German style CSI: Special Victims Unit) -- a headline grabbing shock-crime, the interaction between the detectives as they work through the mystery, the big blow-out ending -- should be entertained and won't regret the purchase. [Before my review turns you away from this choice, you might want to look over member's positive reviews on Snow White Must Die.] For my tastes, based on this book and SWMD, Nelehaus is certainly twisted, but dwells too much in the realm of preconceptions, clichés and debauched cabals instead of being twistedly original and absorbing. There is no explosive upset to the *people aren't always whom they seem* plotting; the characters are likeable enough, but as compelling as Zweiback toast; and the big explosive secrets more a pop than a bang -- all reasons I subtract stars. Perhaps something is lost in the translation. It was zippity, but no doo-dah, but that's another tale. As far as Neuhaus' grim versions of fairy tales to come...I'll live happily ever after without another.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen 04-17-14
    Carmen 04-17-14

    Tell us about yourself! Aspiring writer, quasi-voracious writer, in the process of knitting a sweater and taking a clas at my alma mater in ancestory.

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    "Don't Bother!"
    What would have made Bad Wolf better?

    Long drawn out plot that could have been a short story. Not worth the effort, money or time!


    What was most disappointing about Nele Neuhaus’s story?

    The tiresome over= explanations.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Fass?

    Yes, he's a very good narrator but he needs to work with a quality product.


    What character would you cut from Bad Wolf?

    Where to begin? None of them are memorable so. . .


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps the plot was lost in translation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Sterling, IL, United States 03-25-14
    Thomas Sterling, IL, United States 03-25-14
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    "Very slow for the genre"
    Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

    No. More like Pride and Prejudice than justice and Jo Nesbo.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nele Neuhaus before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. Unusual voices for the characters


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bad Wolf?

    Most of the slow scenes describing ineffective characters at parties.


    Any additional comments?

    Won't get fooled again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nita LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 01-26-14
    Nita LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 01-26-14
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    "I want more of Nele Nelhaus!"
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    This was a good second book. It definitely makes you want to trust no one with your children.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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