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Big Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus

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The second thriller by Nele Neuhaus to be translated into English after Snow White Must Die, though purists may find it irritating that these are in fact the 4th and 6th respectively so aspects of character detail are out of place or missing. Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein investigate what appears to be a routine murder but as they dig deeper they discover a sinister connection and that someone important doesn’t want any secrets to be disturbed. Good, dark crime drama.

If you like Nele Neuhaus you might also like to read books by Peter Robinson, Jo Nesbo and Jan Costin Wagner.

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Big Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus

On a hot day in July, the body of a sixteen-year-old girl is pulled from the river Main near Frankfurt. She has been brutally attacked and murdered, but no one seems to miss her and no one seems to know who she is. Investigations lead to a rural children's home in the mountains, and to a TV presenter whose research took her too close to the wrong people. As investigators Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein dig deeper, they uncover a web of lies and deceit in the midst of a middle-class idyll. And then the case gets personal ...


The second of Nele Neuhaus's absorbing and intricately constructed German police procedurals to be published in English translation, takes place in 2010, over a century after the exposure of the anti-Dreyfus conspiracy. But the web of vile deeds that Bad Wolf uncovers, involving the sexual abuse of children at all levels of society, gives that shameful historical cabal a contemporary fictional rival...The pavement-pounding pays off for the reader, as well as for the cops, in an action-filled finale rife with dramatic revelations. -- Wall Street Journal 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 . ..this thriller works! Fans of Jo Nesbo's gritty thrillers will enjoy the intricacies of the plot. -- Library Journal Some of the most quietly vicious moments in the book, interestingly enough, are between Hanna and her daughter, an angry young woman who seemingly delights in pushing Hanna's buttons in her most sensitive emotional areas. Another is the verbal sword-crossing between Behnke and Kirchhoff, which alone is worth the price of admission. Still, the murder of the unfortunate, unidentified girl forms the core of BAD WOLF. However, there is much that radiates out from this central issue and then dovetails back to the conclusion, which will leave you gaping in surprise and quiet horror...[T]he resolution, in which everyone does not live happily ever after, will haunt you long after the final page is read and the book rests uneasily on your bookshelf, waiting to be read again. -- Bookreporter This is no fairy tale, but it is a satisfying thriller. --Shelfawareness

About the Author

Nele Neuhaus has stormed the bestseller charts with her crime novel series featuring investigative team Oliver von Bodenstein and Pia Kirchoff. Initially self-published, her books have sold over 3 million copies in Germany alone and are published in 21 countries. Snow White Must Die was her first book to be published in the UK and was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club 2013.

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Publication date

30th July 2014


Nele Neuhaus

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Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan


528 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years


Crime / Mystery
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