Another dose of hilarity and mayhem from the author Carl Hiaasen calls "the real deal" In this winner of the German Thriller Prize, ex-cop Simon Brenner, as part of his never-ending quest to get as far away from being a cop as he can, takes a job as an ambulance driver in downtown Vienna. It's a hair-raising job, though, made more so by the tendency of the other EMTs to place bets on how many red lights they can run. Even worse, Brenner's new employer has a problem: its major competitor is somehow listening in on radio communications and beating his unit to every pickup. Knowing his past on the force, Brenner's boss asks him to act like a cop and investigate. Meanwhile, is it Brenner's paranoia or are certain wealthy elderly patients who are essentially healthy dying more quickly than they should? It isn't long before Brenner's life is in real danger, and once again it will take a certain amount of booze, pills, and bad behavior for our man to survive being a cop one more time.
About the Author
Wolf Haas was born in 1960 in the Austrian province of Salzburg. He is the author of seven books in the bestselling Brenner mystery series, three of which have been adapted into major German-language films by director Wolfgang Murnberger. Among other prizes, the books in the series have been awarded the German Thriller Prize and the 2004 Literature Prize from the city of Vienna. Haas lives in Vienna. Annie Janusch is the translator of the Art of the Novella series edition of Heinrich von Kleist's The Duel, as well as the first three books in Wolf Haas's Brenner series, Brenner and God, The Bone Man, and Resurrection.
Praise for the Brenner books:
"Full of wit and sparkle; it's a novel that leaves you laughing even as you work to solve the mystery... Fans of Carl Hiaasen ought to love this series, and there are at least seven more books awaiting translation." —The Globe and Mail
"One of the cleverest -- and most thoroughly enjoyable -- mysteries that I've read in a long time. Wolf Haas is the real deal, and his arrival on the American book scene is long overdue." —CARL HIAASEN
"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." —JONATHAN DEMME
"A wry sense of humor ... American readers will look forward to seeing more of Simon Brenner." —Publishers Weekly
"A brilliant book...whose voice is among the most unique iconoclast genius voices in literature. The way the tale is told is as gripping as the tale itself... Already among the greats of mystery fiction." —Book Devil