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Der Knochenmann (Brenner #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  664 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Jetzt ist schon wieder was passiert … Der Löschenkohl, eine Grillstation mit dem Flair einer Möbelhalle, ist in der ganzen Steiermark berühmt für seine Massenausspeisungen. Die Gäste lassen sich ihren Heißhunger auf die gigantischen Backhendl so leicht nicht verderben. Auch nicht von den menschlichen Gebeinen, die man in den Abfallbergen aus Hühnerknochen entdeckt. Doch be ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1997 by Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag
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I guess most people only notice bad translations and never good translations, such is the translators lot in life and sadly I am choosing to lay the majority of the blame for my lack of enjoyment of Wolf Hass's Bone Man on the rather obviously poor translation job. It must have been a hard task to balance the black comedy and the flippant nature of the unreliable omniscient narrator, with the odd and macabre events of the plot but when you're clearly not aware of the correct English terms for on ...more
Mr. Gottshalk
This two-star novella had it all: a poor translation into English, a narrator who flipped from first to third person throughout, and a lack of editing (see "the the" on page 94). The cover was aesthetically pleasing while the mystery inside was not.
Dec 09, 2014 Ingo rated it it was ok
Man sagt ja, dass eher Norddeutsche Haas nicht mögen, weil sie mit dem Dialekt nicht klarkämen. Das war für mich sicher kein Problem; die Sprache mag ich trotzdem nicht. Geschrieben aus der Perspektive eines allwissenden Erzählers, der allerdings den Eindruck vermittelt, als sei er gestig nicht gerade ganz auf der Höhe. Ist zunächst mal ganz interessant, nur bleiben für mich sowohl die Charaktere als auch das Leseerlebnis insgesamt auf der Strecke.
Fazit: Man kann besseres lesen. Das werd ich auc
Clay Stafford
In “The Bone Man” by Wolf Haas, former detective Simon Brenner no sooner gets on the job than his client goes missing. Foul play (or fowl play – pardon me) is suspected, of course, because the reason for hire was the discovery of unidentified human bones in the grinder room of a chicken restaurant. There is more going on in this restaurant than one thinks. The premise is about finding the daughter-in-law of the chicken shack empire owner (the woman who hired him), but the story is anything but.

Sep 17, 2014 Andreas rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Ich habe das Buch von meinem Sohn zum Vatertag geschenkt bekommen und ich muss sagen, dass ihn die Verkäuferin sehr gut beraten hat. Der Knochenmann ist ein sehr witziger Kriminalroman, der bei uns in Österreich in der Steiermark spielt. Der Autor schreibt wie er redet und man hat den Eindruck, als ob jemand in seiner Stammkneipe sitzt und die Geschichte bei ein paar Bier erzählt. Aberwitzige Ereignisse wechseln sich ab mit scharfsinnig beobachteten, ganz alltäglichen Kleinigkeiten, und die Pers ...more
The Crime Scene Scene
The Bone Man is the second novel in the Brenner series by author Wolf Haas. Simon Brenner, now retired from the police force and working as a PI is hired by the deputy manager of a fried chicken restaurant to investigate after health investigators discovered human bones in with the chicken bones. However, when he arrives he finds her disappeared and sets out to discover what happened.

Its quite hard to know how to describe this novel really.Read the full review here
Kathleen Guinnane
I didn't realize when I picked this book up that it was the second in a series (although, I can see it work well as a series). It read well as a stand-alone book. A murder mystery set in a small town in Austria and at it's most popular chicken restaurant. Prostitutes, soccer players, artists, cross-dressers, and more make this tale entertaining and slowly get the detective Brenner to the conclusion of who done it. Originally written in German, the language seemed a little odd, but it's still wor ...more
May 10, 2015 WortGestalt rated it really liked it
Ganz im Ernst, wie man so einen grausigen Kriminalfall so harmlos verpacken kann, ist mir ein Rätsel, und das, obwohl ich die Geschichte ja gelesen habe. Es muss am Erzähler liegen! Wie auch schon im ersten Brenner-Roman „Auferstehung der Toten“ jubelt einem der Mann aus dem Off eine fast schon absurde Geschichte unter, ohne das man groß mit dem Wimper zuckt. Ja, man ist zunächst sogar erheitert. Aber das Schmunzeln vergeht einem mit Zeit, denn was in Klöch in der Oststeiermark passiert ist, pu ...more
Nov 13, 2009 Reinhold rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Haas bleibt Haas

Wolf Haas ist ein sehr eigenwilliger Schriftsteller oder besser, er hat einen sehr eigenwilligen Stil. So wie er schreibt kein anderer und das spaltet auch die Leserschaft. Die eine Hälfte findet seine Art zu schreiben großartig, weil abseits von allem anderen. Die Sprache nahe am Dialekt mit viel bissigem Humor. Die andere Hälfte findet ihn zum Kotzen. Vor allem weil unter seinem Schreibstil Charaktere und deren Entwicklung ebenso leiden wie Handlung und Plot. Oft schweift Haas
Dec 07, 2013 Iasa rated it it was ok
The Bone Man finds private detective Simon Brenner investigating the discovery of human bones in the refuse pile of chicken bones at a wildly popular chicken shack in the Austrian countryside. For the first 35 or 40 pages of this book I was distracted by the pile of bones in the cellar which gather there as they wait to ground up on site. Don’t they have fertilizer plants in Austria they can sell these bones to? And if they do grind them all up that only leaves a smaller pile of bone powder. Whe ...more
John Brooke
Oct 04, 2013 John Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bone Man is is the second Wolf Haas mystery featuring Simon Brenner to come into English. (First was Brenner and God.) Not a new book – it’s from 1997 (which shows how long the world can take to “discover” mystery writers in markets and countries off the beaten track). It centers around a popular fried chicken restaurant in a small Austrian town (Klock) near the border of the former Yugoslavia. The time is near the end of that sad country’s bloody civil war.

Ex-cop, now private investigator,
Jan 05, 2015 Daisy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Super Peter
Recommended to Daisy by: Amy
Needless to say: quirky, cheeky narrator makes this mystery unlike any other, unless it's another Brenner story by Wolf Haas.

Brenner didn't ask any follow-up questions. Because it had been his experience that you learn a lot more from people when you don't follow up. As soon as you do, they get wary. But if you wait patiently and aren't too interested, they'll tell you everything. But you've got to wait with feeling, and attention, sure, interest, too, even a key word here or there, but don't ev
Jan 07, 2016 Kokeshi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austria

Do not read this book in the English translation. It is terrible. It reads very much like the German text was put into Google translate and then published.

However, I must say that what I was able to take from this book is that the story must be brilliant in the German and that Haas is an excellent author. I will try another of his books and hope that the translation into English is better than in "The Bone Man."

I was disappointed that I wasted my time and money, but I am glad that I
Jan 26, 2016 Lis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
A very peculiar book -- I mostly couldn't figure out what was going on at all. It was like viewing a scene through gauze.
The voice is interesting and the writing style amusing but if this had been the first of his books I read, I probably wouldn't have considered others.
I realize it's a translation but from all accounts it's a good translation -- very fluent and idiomatic: had to be hard to do, as the voice itself is pretty unusual!
Melissa Bursey
I wanted to enjoy this book. It seemed a nice light and easy read. A mystery with a wry sense of humour. Alas, I think I lost some of the story's charm in translation. I think it would have been very enjoyable in German (I think that is the original published language). Due to precious time in my day slotted to reading I chose to put it down before finishing it. Maybe one day I will pick it up and try again
Feb 19, 2014 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Haas book I've read and I will look for another.

The plot is complex (without overdoing it) and keeps the reader engaged and thinking.

One phrase is used over and over. Was this the intent of the author or the influence of the translator? "Needless to say," it was distracting.
Kyla Squires
Feb 08, 2015 Kyla Squires rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I'm not sure if the problem was the writing or the translation. I could see this being a good movie, and while I kind of enjoyed the humour I could see the author was going for, the story was too choppy for me to really get into. I do however have a feeling this would be good German practice if one is so inclined.
Virginia Morgan
I thought this book was hard to follow, perhaps due to a bad translation? The narrator changed verb tenses all the time and the setting jumped around seemingly haphazardly. The plot did jot intrigue me. I read this for a book club.
Aug 22, 2015 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vacation
I chose this book because I was looking for something set in Vienna...or at the least, Austria. Since I'm not a fan of mysteries as a genre, I read it, but wouldn't recommend it. It was "ok".
Jul 31, 2014 Kdunbier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God, I love these so hard. I mean, that narrator! What a fucking treat. Thank you, Melville House, for bringing Wolf Haas into my life.
Feb 21, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: german-books
This is my second Wolf Haas book and I enjoyed this one more than Komm, süßer Tod. (This might be partly due to me now being more used to Haas' writing style and humour.) The action in this takes place in and around one of Austria's largest restaurants and grill. Haas' private detective, Simon Brenner, is called in to investigate when human bones are found mixed in with the chicken bones that are due to be ground up and disposed of. Whose are the bones and who is the murderer (or Bone Man)? Grea ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent international crime novel set in eastern austria. looking forward to reading more in this series.
Lucy Barnhouse
Jun 22, 2014 Lucy Barnhouse rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, german
Clever, intelligent, deliberately absurd. Brenner remains a likable, earthy protagonist.
Jun 29, 2015 Alexander rated it it was ok
I find the combination of mountainous landscapes and a detective to be tedious.
Liked it better than the 1st book in the series.
Lynn Kearney
Apr 09, 2014 Lynn Kearney rated it liked it
Another book I read in translation and maybe that was the problem.
Jan 28, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i'm not entirely sold on the narrator, but the plot was fun, the characters interesting, and overall this made for an excellent semi-comedic crime story.
Aug 01, 2014 Kirk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very strange book; not sure if I liked it or not, hence the 3* rating.
Jul 29, 2015 Gidiot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oddly edited translation, entertaining.
Feb 13, 2014 Larry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
German mystery
Andrew Clem
Jan 13, 2014 Andrew Clem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first novel front this author an I really enjoyed it. Hearing the story from a third person was interesting, the narrator went from main character voice to narrator like any great storyteller.
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WOLF HAAS was born in 1960 in the Austrian province of Salzburg. He is the author of eight books in the bestselling Detective Brenner mystery series, three volumes of which have been made into popular German-language films. Among other prizes, the Brenner books have been awarded the German thriller prize and the 2004 Literature Prize from the City of Vienna.
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Brenner (8 books)
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