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Kalteis

3.09  ·  Rating Details ·  281 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
München, Ende der 30er Jahre: Süß und sehnsüchtig ist der Traum vom Glück in der großen Stadt – auch Kathie träumt ihn und entflieht der Enge des dörflichen Lebens. Manch eine ist hier schon unter die Räder gekommen, aber sie wird es schon schaffen. Oder? Dunkelhaarig, kräftig und hübsch ist sie, wie die Frauen, die seit einiger Zeit in München und Umgebung spurlos verschw ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published August 2007 by Nautilus (first published 2005)
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Marc The Kindle edition, Ice Cold , has text-to-speech enabled.

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The Kindle edition, Ice Cold , has text-to-speech enabled.

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Richard
Quite a difficult book to read and review. But it is a bold departure to the linear crime thriller.
It begins with the final death sentence being upheld for political reasons and that execution being described. The writing shows that this is both a swift and complete act of capital punishment.
The reader then reads on. We are introduced to Kathie, a young woman who has left home in the countryside, to get rich in the atmosphere and wealth of Munich; interspaced with her story we see snippets of th
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Chris
Apr 16, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley
Andrea Maria Schenkel is Germany’s answer to Britain’s Ruth Rendell.

Can I end the review now, I mean what more do you need to know?

Schenkel’s novel deals with a sexual murderer during the late Weimer period. (If you have read Maria Tatar’s Lustmord, you should check this book out). Told in a variety of voices, the book is as compelling as Rendell at her best.

At one level the book is a psychological study of a killer, at another level it is a study of a girl wa
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Karen
Jun 03, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, european
Whilst ICE COLD is the second book from German writer Andrea Maria Schenkel, it's the first book - THE MURDER FARM - that I have to start out mentioning. I still remember my reaction to that book - mesmerised, enthralled, vaguely stunned. Needless to say, trying not to set expectations for ICE COLD was a tricky undertaking.

Set in 1930's Munich, ICE COLD is the progression of a rapist serial killer. Various viewpoints are told chapter by chapter, each voice eerily intimate, and personal, distingu
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Steffi
Sich aus Zeugen- und Täteraussagen sowie dem Erlebnisbericht eines der späteren Opfer setzt sich die auf Tatsachen basierende Geschichte über einen Frauenmörder zusammen. Am Rande erfährt man einiges über das München ende der 30er Jahre – für meinen Geschmack aber zu wenig über das Nazi-Regime, das doch gerade in der „Stadt der Bewegung“ besonderen Einfluss hatte. Lediglich in der Einleitung wird deutlich, dass es eine solche Art von Verbrechen unter der NS-Ideologie eigentlich nicht mehr geben ...more
Luscinnia
Dec 15, 2011 Luscinnia rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, 2011
Las sich sehr schnell, war eigentlich auch gut geschrieben, aber bei mir wollte der Funken einfach nicht überspringen.
Ich denke, mit all diesen Hintergrundfakten hätte man aus dem Stoff doch etwas mehr rausholen können.
Es war gut, aber irgendwie... zu distanziert...
Katja
Nov 10, 2012 Katja rated it really liked it
"Kalteis" erzählt die Geschichte eines Frauenmörders im München der 30er Jahre. Dabei wird zwischen dem Verhör Kalteis' und den Taten unterschieden, die beklemmend den Weg der Opfer beschreiben. Ich konnte nach der Lektüre nicht schlafen. Fein komponiert. (gelesen 2007)
Rebecca Kightlinger
Nov 20, 2016 Rebecca Kightlinger rated it really liked it
It’s October 1939, and Josef Kalteis, “an ethnic German, an Aryan, and in addition a member of the National Socialist Workers’ Party,” has confessed to atrocities not even the Reich wants on its hands. His death warrant declares, “Noxious parasites on this nation, like this man, ice cold in his crimes as in his very name, must therefore be removed from it.”

In Ice Cold, Schenkel lays out narrative with the cool authority of a Vegas blackjack dealer. Snap: Memorandum. Scene. Interrogation. Police
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Evelyn
Oct 11, 2016 Evelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This is a strange, cold, and ultimately unsatisfying book. It starts with the capture and execution of a serial killer, and then works its way backwards and forwards reviewing the events surrounding the last murder that occurred prior to his capture by providing the reader with a voyeuristic view of selected events in the killer's life and those of his victim that were ostensibly gleaned from the murder investigation, and the statements of witnesses and the murderer to investigators. However, it ...more
Cerisaye
I just finished reading, and am feeling decidedly unsettled, as though I need to wash it out of my system. In current parlance, this is a book that needs a Trigger Warning. A nasty, brutal and short narrative (much like the lives of those within) told from multiple POVs including rapist and murderer, victims, witnesses, fragmentary as a result, though use of different typefaces helps avoid confusion, mostly.

The setting is Munich during the late 30s and is based upon a real life case, using actu
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miss.mesmerized mesmerized
Munich in the 1930s. The times are hard for young women, nevertheless Kathie decides to leave her small village and to find a job in the close-by town and to live the life of the established and fashionable ladies she has seen when travelling there with her mother. She finds a place with a friend for a couple of days but is reluctant to really care for a job. Why not look out for a man to support her? While we follow Kathie’s first steps in Munich, the police interrogate Kalteis and witnesses re ...more
Inga
Jan 19, 2013 Inga rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Kalteis ist Andrea Maria Schenkels zweites Buch über einen historischen Kriminalfall. Nach Tannöd, bei dem sie sich mit Plagiatsvorwürfen herumschlagen musste (vgl. wikipedia-Artikel) basiert dieses Buch nun auf Vernehmungsprotokollen und Polizeiberichten.
In München verfolgt ein Mann mit dem Fahrrad Frauen, um diese schließlich zu überfallen, zu vergewaltigen und zu töten.
Der Täter steht in dem Roman von Anfang an fest, er taucht bereits zu Beginn in den Protokollen und bei seiner eigenen Hinric
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Joanna
I am very dissatisfied with this book, especially as it had a good premise and opening. In this opening, we read a report and narrative of the execution of Kalteis, a violent criminal in late 1930s Berlin. As such, it showed technical skill in flicking between two different voices, a skill showcased in the rest of the book, which contains many passages of police reports, interrogations, witness statements, straight narrative etc. These were woven together very neatly and skillfully, but after a ...more
Pia
Germany in the 1930's: not much work and there's a serial killer and rapist around Munich. Several young girls have been attacked, but now the police have a suspect in custody.

Told in different voices, it's a strange story of violence, sex and people that just drift around, without much aim in life.
The characters: Josef Kalteis, who tells his story to the police in a cold way (as cold as his name, as Kalteis means Ice Cold), accepting what he has done, but not acknowledging anything wrong in his
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Janne Paananen
Schenkelin esikoisteos "Hiljainen kylä" oli kerronnaltaan ja tunnelmaltaan virkistävä murhamysteeri. Hänen toinen kirjansa mukailee tyylillisesti ja kerronnallisesti tätä. Tällä kertaa tarina sijoitetaan toista maailmansotaa kohti kulkevaan Saksaan 30-luvulle. Tapaus Kalteis hakee inspiraatiotaan Johann Eichhornin kuulustelupöytäkirjoista. Eichhorn tuomittiin kuolemaan sarjamurhista ja -raiskauksista. Aihepiirin ollessa tällainen, eivät kirjan tapahtumat ole pelkästään kaunista luettavaa. Edelle ...more
Sarah
Aug 22, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
Ein komisches Buch. Nein wirklich, ich dachte zuerst, dieses Buch sei ein in etwas anderer Art erzählter Krimi, aber das ist es nicht. Ich habe außerdem etwas länger gebraucht, um in einen Lesefluss hineinzukommen, da die Autorin zwar nicht im Dialekt schreibt, aber bayerische Satzstellung verwendet.
Ich habe eigentlich keinerlei Probleme damit, Bayerisch zu verstehen, aber diese Satzstellung war doch etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig.

Ich weiß nicht so recht, was ich von dem Buch halten soll, es erzählt
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James
Sep 04, 2010 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found A.M.S's first novel, 'The Murder Farm' to be a unique and refreshing addition to the crime genre.

Ice Cold, for the most part, is written along similar lines in terms of style: different chapters use different fonts because they are in the form of witness statements, police reports ect from different characters within the story.

You could argue that this is a gimick or you could view it as a bold new approach. Each reader will her their own opinion.

The book gripped me throughout, so why th
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Viktor
Sep 04, 2015 Viktor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
tl;dnr: as if Jim Thompson wrote an experimental Weimar-noir story.

IGNORE or DO NOT READ the stuff on the flap. It's wrong.

I'm shocked that such a short book should cost so much. 140pp for $23. $11 for ebook! Eeeesh. Then I saw it was Hachette. Understood.

Like in her previous novel, Murder Farm, Schenkel tells the story as a mosaic. Each person testifies seriatum, with third person sections here and there. It's the story of a farm girl gone to the big city -- very much the opposite of Murder Far
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Iblena
Mar 04, 2014 Iblena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, contemporary
Interesante obra del género negro sin criminales ni detectives solo hechos narrados de forma cruda, precisa y concisa. Con el mismo estilo narrativo empleado en Tannod, Andrea María Schenkel nos relata la historia y evolución de un depredador sexual y la vida de sus víctimas en los primeros años de nacimiento del nazismo. Siendo lo más interesante la manera como se entrelazan el pasado con el presente, sin que represente un cambio brusco para el lector. Una novela corta pero que no aburre y te a ...more
Johannes
Jul 21, 2015 Johannes rated it liked it
Die Geschichte hatte zwar einige gute Ansätze, aber aus der Geschichte des unerfahrenen Mädchens in der Großstadt, was dann letzten Endes einem Serienverbrecher zum Opfer fällt, ist mir außerhalb des Themas der Wohnungs- und Liebhabersuche zu wenig gemacht worden - stattdessen beschränkte sich die Geschichte auf das Umfeld des Täters und seine verschiedenen Opfer, formuliert in einem sehr distanzierten Ton, der (vermutlich bewusst) an Zeugenaussagen vor Gericht, bei der Polizei oder durch einen ...more
Fatima
Jul 06, 2015 Fatima rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was horrible. Not sure why anyone would read it. It was too detailed in the murderer's actions. I don't really think we needed his narrative anyway, why humanize him? Plus there were so many names and the story was all out of order it was really hard to keep up with what was going. The only reason I even finished the book was because it was short and I was almost done. But honestly the book was really disturbing to the point I really almost put it down and returned it right away. Defin ...more
Kathleen Vandenbulcke
Sep 10, 2010 Kathleen Vandenbulcke rated it it was ok
Lichte lectuur, snel uit. De flap beweert dat het boek een goed beeld schept van grillig vooroorlogs Duitsland maar daar bleef ik toch op mijn honger zitten. Wel toffe vorm van thriller/detective doordat verschillende karakters en perspectieven aan bod komen. Het einde vond ik al helemaal een anti climax. Ik heb 1 pagina diagonaal gelezen omdat de gruwelijke moord/verkracht details te plastisch omschreven werden naar mijn goesting.
Donna Maguire
Well I wasn't sure what to make of this book when I started to read it, the author tells her tale in a very different way from normal authors and after you get used to this it really becomes a very good read. It is quite crass and descriptive at times regarding some of the crimes committed but I think it needs these to fit in with the book. I received a copy of this book in exchanage for an honest review.
Nissa
I received a copy of Ice Cold though Netgalley. I thought the book was good but it was a little hard to follow at times. I'm not sure if there is a sequel to the story but it seemed to drop off at the end of the book. I felt like there was more to the story but ended to quickly. I also thought there was a little to much erotica for my taste. All-in-all though it was an ok book and would recommend this book to anyone that is into this type of book.
Seefje
Aug 01, 2014 Seefje rated it it was ok
In 2 dagen uitgelezen. Perfect vakantielectuur. Het ontbrak voor mij aan spanning en ik werd niet in het verhaal meegesleurd.Veel beschrijvingen. De tijdsgeest nl vooroorlogse tijd voelde ik niet, voor mij was het geen meerwaarde .
Roxanne
May 22, 2016 Roxanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: killers
Yikes

I liked the way the story was brought up. When the chapters intertwined between the two plot lines and it creeped me out (which i guess was the goal).

I just hadn't realized it would be so graphic and violent with the women getting attacked and killed..
Anna
Really poor plot. I'm totally disappointed.
Adriane
Mar 21, 2009 Adriane rated it it was amazing
great Writing,creepy
Claire
Oct 24, 2015 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder mystery from many different points of view. A quick easy read but a little confusing in places.
Juan Carlos Casanova
Oct 06, 2009 Juan Carlos Casanova rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
It's the darkest and disturbing novel I've read in a long time. Different and original but I think that the crimes descriptions are very cold and too much detailed and forensic for my taste.
Ann Tonks
Ugly, didn't feel historically accurate, sparse and chilling as the back cover said but not an author I'd return to.
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