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Uma adolescente é encontrada morta no rio Meno, nos arredores de Frankfurt. Sua identidade é um mistério. Aparentemente, ela é a terceira vítima de uma festinha regada a álcool que terminou tragicamente, mas a polícia descobre que a água nos pulmões da garota não é do rio, e que seu cadáver mutilado está ali há dias. Pia Kirchhoff e Oliver von Bodenstein, os detetives do b Uma adolescente é encontrada morta no rio Meno, nos arredores de Frankfurt. Sua identidade é um mistério. Aparentemente, ela é a terceira vítima de uma festinha regada a álcool que terminou tragicamente, mas a polícia descobre que a água nos pulmões da garota não é do rio, e que seu cadáver mutilado está ali há dias. Pia Kirchhoff e Oliver von Bodenstein, os detetives do best-seller Branca de Neve Tem que Morrer, agora trabalham para descobrir quem aprisionou, estuprou e brutalizou a jovem. Enquanto isso, mais crimes acontecem: a apresentadora de um programa de TV sensacionalista é espancada, estuprada e trancada no porta-malas de seu próprio carro e uma psiquiatra sofre uma morte terrível. A ligação entre os crimes é uma rede de violência e corrupção que atinge a elite da sociedade e o próprio departamento de Pia. Mas talvez seja tarde demais para ela e Oliver descobrirem quem é o lobo mau.


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Uma adolescente é encontrada morta no rio Meno, nos arredores de Frankfurt. Sua identidade é um mistério. Aparentemente, ela é a terceira vítima de uma festinha regada a álcool que terminou tragicamente, mas a polícia descobre que a água nos pulmões da garota não é do rio, e que seu cadáver mutilado está ali há dias. Pia Kirchhoff e Oliver von Bodenstein, os detetives do b Uma adolescente é encontrada morta no rio Meno, nos arredores de Frankfurt. Sua identidade é um mistério. Aparentemente, ela é a terceira vítima de uma festinha regada a álcool que terminou tragicamente, mas a polícia descobre que a água nos pulmões da garota não é do rio, e que seu cadáver mutilado está ali há dias. Pia Kirchhoff e Oliver von Bodenstein, os detetives do best-seller Branca de Neve Tem que Morrer, agora trabalham para descobrir quem aprisionou, estuprou e brutalizou a jovem. Enquanto isso, mais crimes acontecem: a apresentadora de um programa de TV sensacionalista é espancada, estuprada e trancada no porta-malas de seu próprio carro e uma psiquiatra sofre uma morte terrível. A ligação entre os crimes é uma rede de violência e corrupção que atinge a elite da sociedade e o próprio departamento de Pia. Mas talvez seja tarde demais para ela e Oliver descobrirem quem é o lobo mau.

30 review for Lobo-mau

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Smartarse

    Published in English as Bad Wolf Pia Kirchhoff gets called out of her high-school reunion party, to investigate the grisly murder of a young Jane Doe. While the initial clues don't seem to lead the detectives anywhere, things slowly start to point towards a long reaching sex trafficking organization, that won't shy back from lashing out at anyone... The details of the investigation, along with its many intricate and dramatic ramifications made for quite a riveting story. The other three parallel Published in English as Bad Wolf Pia Kirchhoff gets called out of her high-school reunion party, to investigate the grisly murder of a young Jane Doe. While the initial clues don't seem to lead the detectives anywhere, things slowly start to point towards a long reaching sex trafficking organization, that won't shy back from lashing out at anyone... The details of the investigation, along with its many intricate and dramatic ramifications made for quite a riveting story. The other three parallel threads also held my attention for most of the book. The personal touch however, is still an issue in Ms. Neuhaus' crime novels. Maybe it's a problem with characters in German books showing emotion differently from their American counterparts. Or perhaps it's the language subtleties that still evade me. Don't get me wrong, I was horrified at the details of all the sex trafficking, but I didn't necessarily care for any specific character in particular. And what happened to Bodenstein's screen time? The author seems to have forgotten about him a third way in, and only remembered that he was one of the titular characters at the end; ironically getting frustrated with not being kept in the loop. Let's hope this is not a sign that he'll be getting phased out in the future... All in all, I guess I'm closer to having liked the book, than feeling the need for nitpicking its faults. Which is my way of saying that this was one of the better mysteries of the series. So you should definitely give it a go. Score: 3/5 stars I was going to conclude this review with how much better a movie version of this story would have been. Turns out, there is one already, but it has Pia reduced to a mother-figure, while Bodenstein solves the whole case by himself. Pretty tone deaf, for an episode tackling such a sensitive topic as the sexual trafficking of young girls. For those of you interested, the TV series is called Taunuskrimi, and the images posted in the review are stills from episode 7 (part 2 of the Böser Wolf arc). =============== Review of book 1: Eine unbeliebte Frau Review of book 2: Mordsfreunde Review of book 3: Tiefe Wunden Review of book 4: Schneewittchen muss sterben Review of book 5: Wer Wind sät

  2. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    If there is one series that I wholeheartedly recommend reading if you are a fan of crime novels is it this one. I simply adore the Bodenstein & Kirchhoff books. So far, have I read 3 books, and all of them are 5-star books. This is the second book I read. The only sad thing is that not all the books are translated into English (nor Swedish). However, Lucky me have one more unread book to read, THE ICE QUEEN! What I loved about the first book I read, SNOW WHITE MUST DIE, was that there was so If there is one series that I wholeheartedly recommend reading if you are a fan of crime novels is it this one. I simply adore the Bodenstein & Kirchhoff books. So far, have I read 3 books, and all of them are 5-star books. This is the second book I read. The only sad thing is that not all the books are translated into English (nor Swedish). However, Lucky me have one more unread book to read, THE ICE QUEEN! What I loved about the first book I read, SNOW WHITE MUST DIE, was that there was so much going on. Both when it comes to the case as Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein private lives. The same thing can I say about BAD WOLF. I'm always intrigued by stories that take a while before you started to see a pattern. Like a puzzle, you slowly start to put the pieces together and as the story progresses you start to realize the truth. In this case, you have quite early one a feeling of dread. BAD WOLF is a fantastic crime novel. Nele Neuhaus has such a fabulous ability to write that I get so engrossed in what is going on that I just devour her books. I found this book to be a bit hard to read, not because of the writing, but because of the subject. It's not the monster under the bed that is frightening, it's the one walking in plain sight out in the sun. It's the bad wolf that is hiding in plain sight that we should be wary of...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I received this book in my BookCase.Club subscription, and I'm a little torn between rating it three stars or four stars. When I was reading the book, it was really good and I wanted to read more. However, when I wasn't reading it, I wasn't particularly yearning to pick it back up and put my nose between its pages. It took me a month to finish and it wasn't even that long. I really wish Goodreads would allow half star votes because I think this would be a solid 3.5. There were a lot of character I received this book in my BookCase.Club subscription, and I'm a little torn between rating it three stars or four stars. When I was reading the book, it was really good and I wanted to read more. However, when I wasn't reading it, I wasn't particularly yearning to pick it back up and put my nose between its pages. It took me a month to finish and it wasn't even that long. I really wish Goodreads would allow half star votes because I think this would be a solid 3.5. There were a lot of characters in this book who seemed to have no connection with each other for quite awhile. It was very difficult to keep up with each story line - especially since I would go long periods between readings. The plots did eventually merge and made complete sense when they did. The ending wasn't a huge surprise, however, since there were many hints along the way. I do feel that the book could have ended about 50-75 pages sooner than it did. I didn't realize until I finished the book that this is the sixth book in a series. The original was written in German, and only two books of the series have been translated to English - the other being Snow White Must Die. It does kind of annoy me that the cover and front pages of the book did not mention that it is part of a series. I would prefer to start at #1, but since only #4 and #6 have been translated, I suppose that is a moot point.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    Publishers do both the author and their readers a disservice when they opt to translate series out of order. Snow White Must Die was the first book authored by Nele Neuhaus to be released in English with this, Big Bad Wolf, the second, but in the original German the titles are the 4th and 6th respectively and I'm irritated by the resultant gaps. While it is true that the cases the team investigates are resolved within the framework of a single novel, the characters personal stories are ongoing a Publishers do both the author and their readers a disservice when they opt to translate series out of order. Snow White Must Die was the first book authored by Nele Neuhaus to be released in English with this, Big Bad Wolf, the second, but in the original German the titles are the 4th and 6th respectively and I'm irritated by the resultant gaps. While it is true that the cases the team investigates are resolved within the framework of a single novel, the characters personal stories are ongoing and the missing details do have an effect on my enjoyment of, and my attachment to, the series. With that rant out of my system... As is Nuehaus's habit, she begins Big Bad Wolf by introducing several seemingly unrelated characters and incidents, which slowly merge as the story unfolds. These include the discovery of a dead girl whose autopsy reveals signs of extensive and sustained abuse, an unscrupulous television host on the trail of a big story, a convicted pedophile on parole, a bikie gang leader, a woman worried about the changes in the behaviour of both her husband and daughter, and a vindictive Internal Affairs officer. As Chief Detective Inspector Pia Kirchoff and her partner, Detective Oliver von Bodenstein, investigate they begin to piece together the details of a horrific conspiracy which threatens to overwhelm them both. With the large cast and multiple story threads, Big Bad Wolf can initially feel a little overcrowded and disjointed, but patience is eventually rewarded if you persevere. The story slowed for me around the middle, chiefly because I made the main connections very early and as such felt as if I was waiting for Pia and her team to catch up, but the shifts in character perspective ensures the pace rarely lags. The conclusion is tense and dramatic, but not as neat as may be expected. Though rarely explicit, I found I had to put the book down at times and take a deep breath, finding 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 and the extent of the network that trades in it. Overall, I thought Big Bad Wolf to be an absorbing and satisfying police procedural, though the premise is challenging and may be difficult for some readers. The translation is skilful, I only wish I had the opportunity to read the fifth novel to eliminate the gaps in the development of Pia and Oliver's character.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    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 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/...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    This is a novel that uncovers the ugly and depraved practices of child abuse and paedophilia amongst the well heeled and politically powerful. It is organised as an international business on an industrial scale. The story takes a little time to really take off, but that is because several pieces of the plot are laid out to follow throughout the novel. The recurring characters of Pia and Oliver, from Snow White Must Die, are investigating the murder of a young horrifically abused young girl dumped This is a novel that uncovers the ugly and depraved practices of child abuse and paedophilia amongst the well heeled and politically powerful. It is organised as an international business on an industrial scale. The story takes a little time to really take off, but that is because several pieces of the plot are laid out to follow throughout the novel. The recurring characters of Pia and Oliver, from Snow White Must Die, are investigating the murder of a young horrifically abused young girl dumped in the river. More bodies and torture follow as a group of very powerful men endeavour to stay undetected and continue their evil practices. For Pia, events turn extremely personal near the end. A well researched and intricately plotted story about the evil that exists in society and how deeply entrenched it is. This is the second book, I have read by the author and I can thoroughly recommend it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This is a book I was supposed to receive as an ARC by a crime reading club but somehow got lost in the mail, which annoyed me an awefull lot. So when I found an English copy in the American bookstore in Amsterdam in bargain bin I hesitated not at all. This German female writer has begun as a self-published writer and she gradually build up popularity and being published due to her skillful writing. In the Dutch language she had 3 books translated and this one in English (book 6) is book 6 with on This is a book I was supposed to receive as an ARC by a crime reading club but somehow got lost in the mail, which annoyed me an awefull lot. So when I found an English copy in the American bookstore in Amsterdam in bargain bin I hesitated not at all. This German female writer has begun as a self-published writer and she gradually build up popularity and being published due to her skillful writing. In the Dutch language she had 3 books translated and this one in English (book 6) is book 6 with one other been published which is NR. 4 of a series counting 6 books so far. This kinda reeks of a Jo Nesbo scenario where the books have been published in English out of order. Anyhow the two lead characters being police officers get involved in the murder of a young girl whose body gets found in the river. And like a similar case 10 years earlier there a no clues at all to continue a case on. However at the same time some big shot TV personality takes on a certain subject for her real life talk show and finds herself and some other people involved in serious trouble and rather sadist bodily harm. It is then we find out that the two cases seem to fit together and the cops find out a lot more than they actually counted on. If anybody knows the German TV show "TATORT" they do recognize the style of bringing a tale and it is what this book reminded me of. Which is a compliment as it is brilliant television. The book kept me hooked easily and all the personal development was done in such a way that any first time reader could easily follow the story lines. The subject as dark as it is was written about in a sharp and interesting way. A really well written book that kept me interested until the end. I most certainly will read more of this writer, I have one other book of this writer lying around waiting to be read. Well worth your time. The mailman who lost my ARC did at the very least get a very decent read out of it. And while I prefer my books reaching me it is somewhat nice to know that the occasional book gets nicked.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I haven't read any books of Nele before, and I had no expectations. So it wasn't a disappointment. I liked the main characters and some of scenes, especially with the kids. I disliked the extensive description of the gruesome crimes and I think the book could have been 100 or so shorter. This all adds up to three stars for this and in my book. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. I haven't read any books of Nele before, and I had no expectations. So it wasn't a disappointment. I liked the main characters and some of scenes, especially with the kids. I disliked the extensive description of the gruesome crimes and I think the book could have been 100 or so shorter. This all adds up to three stars for this and in my book. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Benoit Lelièvre

    I'll try to keep this short and sweet. I think a good police procedural should have a strong mystery aspect to it and the mystery of BAD WOLF is not successful at all. The author points at suspicious character way too obviously and takes lazy storytelling choices. The narrative is convoluted and contains too many useless characters who have for sole purpose to wrench emotion out of the reader. The many strands of the story come together very clumsily. I'm not comfortable being overly critical of I'll try to keep this short and sweet. I think a good police procedural should have a strong mystery aspect to it and the mystery of BAD WOLF is not successful at all. The author points at suspicious character way too obviously and takes lazy storytelling choices. The narrative is convoluted and contains too many useless characters who have for sole purpose to wrench emotion out of the reader. The many strands of the story come together very clumsily. I'm not comfortable being overly critical of a novel, but I'm not comfortable telling you some of you might enjoy this either. There are better police procedurals. There are better mysteries. There are better novels. Skip this one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus 4★'s From The Book: She looked at herself in the mirror, touched her fingertips to the little red hood on her head, and laughed. The dress was a real dirndl, with a short skirt and apron. Papa had plaited her hair into two braids, and she really looked exactly like Little Red Riding Hood in her fairy-tale book. He always brought presents―it was a secret that she and Papa shared, because he never brought anything for the others. Only for her. She was his favorite. The door op Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus 4★'s From The Book: She looked at herself in the mirror, touched her fingertips to the little red hood on her head, and laughed. The dress was a real dirndl, with a short skirt and apron. Papa had plaited her hair into two braids, and she really looked exactly like Little Red Riding Hood in her fairy-tale book. He always brought presents―it was a secret that she and Papa shared, because he never brought anything for the others. Only for her. She was his favorite. The door opened, and she uttered a frightened cry when she saw the wolf. But then she had to laugh. It wasn't a real wolf after all; it was only Papa, who had put on a costume. How lovely it was that she was the only one to share this secret with Papa. Too bad she could never remember anything afterward. On a hot June day, the body of a sixteen-year-old girl washes up on a riverbank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered and shows signs of long-term abuse, 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 television host is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives, barely, and is able to supply only vague hints to the police, having to do with her recent investigations into an organization whose members are from the highest echelons of society, and the potential uncovering of a shocking history they'd prefer to keep from the public eye. 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. It is almost too late for a person very close to Pia before she and Oliver finally track down the big bad wolf. My Thoughts: A word of warning: This book deals with one of the most disgusting of crimes, child molestation, and how frequently it occurs. The book has a slow beginning but it's not too far into it that it really picks up speed and you find that you just can't put it down. Combining police procedural and a favorite Grimm’s fairy tale is a winning combination. It begins with the discovery of a girl's body on a river bank in Frankfurt and evolves from there into a masterfully told tale of crime and evil. Much of the first few chapters was devoted to setting up the situation...but from there it was non-stop action once the story was in place. Be prepared for false clues and betrayals, along with genuine leads. The novel leads to a satisfactory but not necessarily believable conclusion I think the author's main purpose of this novel was to show how child abuse can affect everyone...victims...families and many, many others.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    I can see why this series is so popular in Germany. Kirchhoff and von Bodenstein are two interesting and layered characters that I enjoy learning more about. Neuhaus knows how to craft a very complex plot with many subplots that slowly combine for a satisfying conclusion, and the translation by Steven T. Murray is excellent. However, Minotaur Books is doing something that drives me crazy: they are publishing the books in this series out of order. English-speaking readers first became acquainted I can see why this series is so popular in Germany. Kirchhoff and von Bodenstein are two interesting and layered characters that I enjoy learning more about. Neuhaus knows how to craft a very complex plot with many subplots that slowly combine for a satisfying conclusion, and the translation by Steven T. Murray is excellent. However, Minotaur Books is doing something that drives me crazy: they are publishing the books in this series out of order. English-speaking readers first became acquainted with Kirchhoff and von Bodenstein with the publication of Snow White Must Die, the fourth book. The next book available to us is this one, and Bad Wolf is the sixth book in the series. A lot depends on the personal lives of the characters and their developing relationships with each other. To have the books available out of sequence means that readers following the series may be a bit confused, as I was until I did a bit of research and found out that my memory wasn't at fault. The good news is, if Bad Wolf is your first experience with Neuhaus, this isn't going to affect you at all. This was a difficult book for me to read due to the subject matter, and if you are the type of reader who doesn't care for books that contain violence towards women and children, I would advise you to stay away. The violence is not gratuitous, but it is disturbing. Most of the time, I love mysteries that unfold slowly, but after reading two-thirds of the book, I found that not to be the case here. At times I felt there were too many subplots-- Pia's husband has a visiting granddaughter, Pia's pregnant friend is going through a very rough time in her marriage, von Bodenstein is ready to buy a new house and start a new chapter in his life, the unidentified young murder victim, the television host who barely survived her own attack, a convicted pedophile out on parole... and more. I didn't have the slightest bit of trouble keeping all the story lines and characters straight, but I began to wonder if they were all necessary. I think my reaction may have been due to the fact that I realized very early on what was happening, and I just wanted the "bad wolves" to be put out of business. Permanently. Although I did have a problem or two with Bad Wolf, I still enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to reading more in the series. Neuhaus has created some marvelous characters, and it's a pleasure to learn more about them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I finished this last night. It's the second by Nele Neuhaus I've read and I think there are only 2 translated so far (could be wrong). MS. Neuhaus is an excellent writer. the same strong points are here as in the first I read by her( Snow White Must Die ). The books set up a plot with believable characters functioning in a day to day world. We see things forming up from multiple points of view as disparate plot threads wind out. For a good deal of the book the stories run and no obvious connecti I finished this last night. It's the second by Nele Neuhaus I've read and I think there are only 2 translated so far (could be wrong). MS. Neuhaus is an excellent writer. the same strong points are here as in the first I read by her( Snow White Must Die ). The books set up a plot with believable characters functioning in a day to day world. We see things forming up from multiple points of view as disparate plot threads wind out. For a good deal of the book the stories run and no obvious connection is there. But as we follow events and the story they wind together and make a satisfying tale. This book was a little less satisfying for me than the last. I'm not sure why exactly. It seemed to draw out a little more. Maybe there was a little more interpersonal interaction. Still the book held my interest. I will say this. I believe most will spot the "bad acters" in the story. Still, it's an excellent book. A big reason is, I believe, Ms. Neuhaus' writing (and since this is a translation that says something). I can recommend this novel...with a caveat. The subject matter in this book is frankly repugnant. I can't be more open than that without a spoiler tag...just be aware. (view spoiler)[ The subject matter I refer to is child molestation and pedophilia. If you're like me you need a strong stomach. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    First off a bit of a whinge is required here. I am quite the fan of translated fiction. Probably something like three quarters of everything I read started off in a language other than English. I am a big fan of the various publishers who go out of their way to bring great bits of writing to the English market. Companies like Pushkin, Arcadia and Gallic get my vote every time. I also love the brilliant range of crime writers that more mainstream publishers have brought to English audiences in th First off a bit of a whinge is required here. I am quite the fan of translated fiction. Probably something like three quarters of everything I read started off in a language other than English. I am a big fan of the various publishers who go out of their way to bring great bits of writing to the English market. Companies like Pushkin, Arcadia and Gallic get my vote every time. I also love the brilliant range of crime writers that more mainstream publishers have brought to English audiences in the wake of the massive success of Larsson, Nesbo and Mankell etc. What does annoy me quite a bit is that especially with the larger publishers there is a tendency to ignore the original series order and publish these books in what feels like a completely random order. I appreciate that they do this because they are of the opinion that a certain one in the series will have the greatest appeal to a certain market and will help to launch the author to a new audience, but still it is irritating when you read a book that has the odd reference to earlier things, and then you discover that no this wasn't down to a slightly odd translation, but was in fact thanks to you being forced to read the books totally out of sequence. For some non-English authors we never actually get the who series at all. Neither the first, nor the last two of the Inspector Erlendur books have yet been translated into English at all. We get the series from book three, translated as Jar City, and never get to see how the character arcs start out; and as Erlendur is not the focus of the final two books these have not been translated either. With Pierre Lemaitre and his wonderful books Alex and Irene, the English market was first given Alex, book two of the Verhoeven series; only for it to be followed up by Irene which was the first one. This led to the shocking ending of Irene being somewhat diluted as we had already read all about the consequences all the way through Alex! I was somewhat annoyed to discover that it was a similar tale with Nele Neuhaus and her brilliant, slightly fairytale inspired crime series. English readers jumped into this series with Snow White Must Die, an amazingly well done story that I absolutely loved, but still book four of her Bodenstein and Kirchhoff series. At the time of reading Snow White, I noticed a few bits were characters referred back to earlier cases, made comments that seemed to require some prior knowledge annoying but it still was a great read. With Big Bad Wolf I was expecting book five of the series maybe, something that would logically follow on from book four. What we get is in fact the sixth book in the series. It is clear that a couple of years has passed since the Snow White case, events are mentioned giving us a time frame, but also several other cases are brought up which I'm guessing took place in either books 1-3 or in book 5. This really does get tiresome after a while, which is a shame because on the whole this is an excellent and very dark crime novel. It doesn't deserve little annoyances like this to get in the way of the story. Big Bad Wolf has a huge number of twists and turns, but despite that the ultimate criminal does seem to come to light rather early on at least from the reader's point of view. I spent quite a good portion of the book mentally shouting at the various detectives about who the real culprit was here. I don't know if I was just being particularly perceptive or if the identity is insanely obvious for everyone, either way despite 'getting it' long before the detectives did there were still enough shocks along the way to keep me very interested in this as a great read. The story is genuinely dark with some deeply messed up and quite hideous characters and some really shocking moments. The whole thing started to lose shape slightly towards the end, and my feeling is that Neuhaus had spent so much time and energy crafting the main story, that once the culprit was made plain she didn't quite know how to wind the story up to a neat conclusion. This had shades of Liz Coley's Pretty Girl Thirteen that I thought could have been explored a bit more, and I have to recommend that book to anyone who enjoys this. I also felt that the style and shape of the story had similarities with some of the Yrsa Sigurdardottir crime novels so I suggest her works as a good read. (Her books do seem to have been published in order so start with Last Rituals.) Overall I did enjoy this very much as a nice dark crime thriller; I just hope that the lovely people at Macmillan decide to 'do the right thing' and publish the rest of this series so that one day I can read them in order without having to fall back on my slightly rusty German!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Albert

    I've read two of Nele Neuhaus books so far and this would be the third. It was not as good as the others and simply didn't do it for me. I've read two of Nele Neuhaus books so far and this would be the third. It was not as good as the others and simply didn't do it for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    LibraryCin

    When a dead girl is found floating in a river, detective Pia ends up on a case with far-reaching consequences. And multiple cases that match up, including a popular tv celebrity who has taken on a new topic for her sometimes-controversial show, but it’s not a topic she is sharing with anyone until she gets everything lined up. Unfortunately for her, someone knows what she’s looking into and she is in danger, as well. Another really good book in this series. I do wish all the books were translate When a dead girl is found floating in a river, detective Pia ends up on a case with far-reaching consequences. And multiple cases that match up, including a popular tv celebrity who has taken on a new topic for her sometimes-controversial show, but it’s not a topic she is sharing with anyone until she gets everything lined up. Unfortunately for her, someone knows what she’s looking into and she is in danger, as well. Another really good book in this series. I do wish all the books were translated into English and it would have been nice to read them in order. But, that’s not the case. They are pretty much standalones, with the police the connecting thread between the books, including their personal lives. Previous cases are mentioned, but really just in passing. The book is divided into days and there are snippets from different characters’ points of view during each day, so there are a lot of characters to follow, which can get a bit confusing, but overall, it wasn’t too bad for following and the story was certainly enough for me to really enjoy it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    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. The author's purpose in writing the novel, as she mentions in her note, is to call attention to child molestation. That is her reason for writing the story. There was non- 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. The author's purpose in writing the novel, 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    4.5 stars. Oh that was just awful. I mean great book and story but awful depictions of child abuse. Unfortunately it happens all too often and its also often someone close to the victim. Pia Kirchhoff and Bodenstein are working on some seemingly unrelated cases. We have an apparently drowned girl who had suffered awful abuse and the brutal beating and rape of a TV personality. Also, nine years ago another girl was fished out of the Main River at the same spot. Police suspect a convicted paedophile 4.5 stars. Oh that was just awful. I mean great book and story but awful depictions of child abuse. Unfortunately it happens all too often and its also often someone close to the victim. Pia Kirchhoff and Bodenstein are working on some seemingly unrelated cases. We have an apparently drowned girl who had suffered awful abuse and the brutal beating and rape of a TV personality. Also, nine years ago another girl was fished out of the Main River at the same spot. Police suspect a convicted paedophile who lives in a trailer park on the river. Another person who keeps cropping up is a former biker. But they can't pin anything down. Then there is another gruesome murder and now nothing is clear. You get the sense that something very fishy is going on. This was quite a long book, and a lovely twisty and convoluted tale - my favourite kind. Red herrings and twists abound and you just don't know what's going on, but hang on and enjoy the ride - its worth it. I love these books by Nele Neuhaus and will read as many as have been translated.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    Bad Wolf was an absolutely excellent police procedural. This is the sixth book in this series, but I do not think all of the other books have been translated into English. Don't let that run you off. You can work out past events using context and still have an enjoyable reading experience-I know I did. The action takes place in and around Frankfurt Germany and by the time you are into the last fourth of the book you will be reading at a maniacal pace to see what happens next. Truly well done. Bad Wolf was an absolutely excellent police procedural. This is the sixth book in this series, but I do not think all of the other books have been translated into English. Don't let that run you off. You can work out past events using context and still have an enjoyable reading experience-I know I did. The action takes place in and around Frankfurt Germany and by the time you are into the last fourth of the book you will be reading at a maniacal pace to see what happens next. Truly well done.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kadri Haavandi

    Horrible topic, but a good read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Neil McCrea

    Bad Wolf is the novel that the Crimebot 5000 would write after being fed child porn statistics and 10 years worth of major network crime dramas. Bad Wolf is like a multi-part episode of Law & Order: SVU, dubbed into German and given an action movie ending Neither of those assessments is precisely true, although they kind of feel true. It may be that I've simply read too many crime novels in too short a time, even if I still find myself looking forward to the half dozen or so crime novels I have on Bad Wolf is the novel that the Crimebot 5000 would write after being fed child porn statistics and 10 years worth of major network crime dramas. Bad Wolf is like a multi-part episode of Law & Order: SVU, dubbed into German and given an action movie ending Neither of those assessments is precisely true, although they kind of feel true. It may be that I've simply read too many crime novels in too short a time, even if I still find myself looking forward to the half dozen or so crime novels I have on deck. I shall have to fall back on Ruskin's basic rules for criticism to get through this one. What was the author's intention? How well did they succeed at that intention? Was it worth doing, did it further the literary "conversation"? The intention? Bad Wolf follows a fairly standard model for the police procedural sub-genre. A social issue is introduced through a specific crime and we watch as a group of law enforcement officers of one stripe or another work their way through the situation. The police procedural is more likely to have a didactic element than most other crime novel sub-genres, and serve to support or critique the manner in which the police handle the social issue at hand. And of course, the novel intends to entertain. The execution? I don't expect most readers will learn much about German police procedure or child pornography that they didn't know or couldn't work out for themselves, so the didactic element is a wash. Plenty of dramatic tension arises from the interplay between what the investigators want to accomplish and internal law enforcement disputes. Attention is paid to how "the job" affects the personalities of the characters, and how their personalities affect the performance of their job. Mystery elements take a back seat to other concerns, but fans of conspiracy stories and thriller pyrotechnics get plenty of bang for their buck by the end. Was it worth doing? There is just enough novelty in Bad Wolf to give it a place at the table, but what it adds to the body of crime fiction is incremental at best. On a final note, I found myself much more drawn to minor characters than I did any of the protagonists. I can't help but imagine that the same story told from the perspective of Bernd Prinzler, the bike gang leader would have been far more compelling than the suburbanite cops, mother to be and television personality that we get.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Janet Newport

    I received an ARC of Bad Wolf through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Bad Wolf was really a 2.5 star book for me, but that's not an option here. Firstly, I found the prose/dialogue to be very stiff and formal and had to keep reminding myself that the book had been translated from German. Secondly, I have not read Snow White Must Die (1st book of this series). As there were numerous references about previous characters and events, it probably would have helped as there are A I received an ARC of Bad Wolf through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Bad Wolf was really a 2.5 star book for me, but that's not an option here. Firstly, I found the prose/dialogue to be very stiff and formal and had to keep reminding myself that the book had been translated from German. Secondly, I have not read Snow White Must Die (1st book of this series). As there were numerous references about previous characters and events, it probably would have helped as there are A LOT of characters in Bad Wolf. I was almost tempted to set up a spreadsheet to keep up with them all (but that takes all the fun out of reading as far as I'm concerned). Also, I found the change every 2 - 3 pages from character to character and scene to scene a little disorienting, but it did serve to keep the story moving along. However, I feel some of the story's cohesiveness was sacrificed for the pace's sake. The story itself - the discovery of a child-porn ring and the ring leaders' subsequent violence to avoid capture was fairly gruesome, but there were no real surprises of the "who done-it" variety. Too many "motives" were left unexplored for my tastes (most notably Nicola Engel's). On the whole, I found most of the characters on the dull side. Hanna, while more of a catalyst character was the most inconsistent / interesting, but still on the "flat" side. Overall, story good (if predictable), but I found the characters on the dull side. If I were to trip over Snow White must die at the library, I'd likely pick it up, but don't look for me in the line for Nele Neuhaus' next book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Travis Starnes

    I had a little trouble getting into this book. While it is a pretty straight forward detective style mystery I just had too many problems connecting with the characters. The one thing that really stood out to me is the similarities this has to mystery books that were created in Sweden. I know this is the authors 2nd US release and previously Nehaus was mostly a European writer but other than that I am not familiar with her origin, so my connection between her and Swedish fiction is strictly base I had a little trouble getting into this book. While it is a pretty straight forward detective style mystery I just had too many problems connecting with the characters. The one thing that really stood out to me is the similarities this has to mystery books that were created in Sweden. I know this is the authors 2nd US release and previously Nehaus was mostly a European writer but other than that I am not familiar with her origin, so my connection between her and Swedish fiction is strictly based on the tone and style of the book. The problem is I have never been a big fan of that style of writing and this holds true here. That isn’t to say the book is outright bad. The story moves along at a pretty good clip and, especially in the sections dealing with the kids, is fairly moving. It should be noted that this book does not pull many punches. It can be a little brutal at times and is not for those who like more sterilized mysteries. Other than the tone that the book was written in my other problem is the personal stories between the characters seem a little confused. If I had to guess I would chalk this up to the publisher’s decisions to translate and release the books out of order. While the mysteries are indeed standalone this type of series the connective threads are in the characters personal interactions. So the mystery itself is pretty straight forward but you can’t help but feel something is ever so slightly off with the way everything plays out, sort of like when you miss a few minutes of the setup of a movie. http://homeofreading.com/bad-wolf/

  23. 4 out of 5

    Oceansword

    I loved the twisty darkness of Snow White Must Die but was ultimately disappointed with Bad Wolf. First off, the publisher did a disservice to the author and the reader by opting to follow Snow White Must Die (#4) by translating Bad Wolf (#6). The book also suffers from having too many POV characters and a transparent villain that I saw coming from the very outset. Although I may be in the minority on this opinion, I was also bothered by the gender stereotypes that underlaid a lot of the plot an I loved the twisty darkness of Snow White Must Die but was ultimately disappointed with Bad Wolf. First off, the publisher did a disservice to the author and the reader by opting to follow Snow White Must Die (#4) by translating Bad Wolf (#6). The book also suffers from having too many POV characters and a transparent villain that I saw coming from the very outset. Although I may be in the minority on this opinion, I was also bothered by the gender stereotypes that underlaid a lot of the plot and action. (view spoiler)[We had several strong female leads that I felt got subverted into weaker roles due to their gender: Pia became rolled into a "mommy role" by the end, Emma effectively did nothing, Leonie was murdered, and Hanna's fierce independence was curtailed by a violent attack after which she did absolutely nothing in the book but (quite reasonably) heal from her injuries. Melanie appears quite late in the book to avenge the wrongs done against her but her eventual fate (is she arrested?) is left up in the air. Similarly, our male characters suffer from the same stereotypes. Our villains lack nuance unless you count sadism as a nuance. I don't. Several times our male heroes ride in to save the day at the very last moment. Also: it's apparently okay to cheat on your wife so long as it's not an affair but just a prostitute? *Sigh* (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    As a police procedural, this works well. The author does a good job of introducing the different characters and narrative shards and then piecing them all together. I enjoy books where several stories begin and then intersect in sometimes surprising ways. There are some issues with writing and dialogue which might be due to translation, and a couple of passages where characters seem to undergo shifts in perspective or behaviour that aren't credible; there are a couple of incredibly clunky passage As a police procedural, this works well. The author does a good job of introducing the different characters and narrative shards and then piecing them all together. I enjoy books where several stories begin and then intersect in sometimes surprising ways. There are some issues with writing and dialogue which might be due to translation, and a couple of passages where characters seem to undergo shifts in perspective or behaviour that aren't credible; there are a couple of incredibly clunky passages, such as when the main policewoman character is cozying up to her husband and their dialogue is "are you thinking what I'm thinking?" "I don't know. What are you thinking?" "I'm thinking of....sex." ARGH. Please tell me that was something witty in German that simply wouldn't translate. Hanna's relationship with her daughter is actually quite realistic and affecting, but then the daughter has a sudden moment of clarity and self-reflection that seems highly unlikely. On the whole though, this is a good mystery. I was provided an advance copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Bad Wolf will be released January 2014.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Locati

    Spectacular read. This is the 2nd mystery thriller by Nele Neuhaus ... her first book in the series is "Snow White Must Die" ... another breathtaking book! Nele is a German mystery thriller author ... her books are slowly being translated into English. I wish the translation could happen faster ... because I'm ready to read her 3rd book. This astounding book starts off with all these different characters and you have no idea how any of them could possibly be related ... there is just NO WAY!!! B Spectacular read. This is the 2nd mystery thriller by Nele Neuhaus ... her first book in the series is "Snow White Must Die" ... another breathtaking book! Nele is a German mystery thriller author ... her books are slowly being translated into English. I wish the translation could happen faster ... because I'm ready to read her 3rd book. This astounding book starts off with all these different characters and you have no idea how any of them could possibly be related ... there is just NO WAY!!! But, like in her previous book, Nele weaves a story ... where ... through lots and lots of twists and turns ... she brings them all together ... so you understand how they relate ... but then, there is the murder mystery and of course ... MORE twists and turns. If you can hang with German names of people, German street names and German places ... then you will LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Her writing is phenomenal and it flows so smoothly ... that it's impossible to put this book down. I read all 416 pages in less than 5 days. My first read of 2014! Whoo! Hoo!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robert Intriago

    I liked the book even though I had three complaints about it. Two of the complaints have nothing to do with the author. The first of them is a complaint about the publisher. The first book in the series was “Snow White Must Die” and that was the fourth in the series by the author. The next one translated was the sixth book in the series: “Bad Wolf”. The fact that the fifth book in the series is missing creates confusion. Relationships have disappeared and connections between the stories are conf I liked the book even though I had three complaints about it. Two of the complaints have nothing to do with the author. The first of them is a complaint about the publisher. The first book in the series was “Snow White Must Die” and that was the fourth in the series by the author. The next one translated was the sixth book in the series: “Bad Wolf”. The fact that the fifth book in the series is missing creates confusion. Relationships have disappeared and connections between the stories are confusing. The second complaint deals with the subject and not the author. I am not a fan of pedophilia and I have a hard time reading it. The third one has to do with fact that I believe the author makes the story over complicated. She puts so much information that you feel overwhelmed by the narrative. She takes a very long time to unravel the plot and the span between the setting of it and the climax seems to last forever. On the other hand her ending is full of action and well-constructed. The subject of this novel is darker than her previous one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    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 Oliv 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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lady ♥ Belleza

    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 n 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Msjodi777

    Well, I seem to be reading difficult books lately, and what could more difficult than child abuse and pornography? Thankfully, Ms Neuhaus is able to inject a little something to relieve the darkness for us - how many parents can relate to what appears to be an intimate nite after the kids have finally gone to bed, only to have it shattered when a nightmare wakes said sleeping child who wants to "come sleep with you..." All in all, an excellent book, the final pages of which had to be read with t Well, I seem to be reading difficult books lately, and what could more difficult than child abuse and pornography? Thankfully, Ms Neuhaus is able to inject a little something to relieve the darkness for us - how many parents can relate to what appears to be an intimate nite after the kids have finally gone to bed, only to have it shattered when a nightmare wakes said sleeping child who wants to "come sleep with you..." All in all, an excellent book, the final pages of which had to be read with the kindle plugged in so the battery wouldn't shut down before I finished. Definitely 5 stars!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hpnyknits

    A page turner perfect for a long flight! There are a few parallel story lines, and at first I was annoyed with the choppiness, ( too short section for each) although I got used to it and it all ties up in the end. Some parts of the story made no sense, but one had to just go along with it, because it was necessary for the story, so I'd say more 3.5 stars. A page turner perfect for a long flight! There are a few parallel story lines, and at first I was annoyed with the choppiness, ( too short section for each) although I got used to it and it all ties up in the end. Some parts of the story made no sense, but one had to just go along with it, because it was necessary for the story, so I'd say more 3.5 stars.

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