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Der Knochenmann (Brenner #2)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  530 ratings  ·  38 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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Ingo
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
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Mr.
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.
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.

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Andreas
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
WortGestalt
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
Reinhold
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
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Iasa
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
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,
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Daisy
Jan 05, 2015 Daisy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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
Jan
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
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.
Aramys
Se iba a quedar con una estrella, pero entiendo que en su lengua original es un libro más o menos entretenido y por lo menos lógico. En esta traducción al español el libro no vale mucho, la traductora ha introducido expresiones del castellano antiguo, expresiones en desuso, que chirrían muchísimo. El libro esta escrito de una manera bastante peculiar, con un humor propio quizás demasiado alemán, y eso no se ha sabido traducir bien, al contrario, se ha traducido demasiado literal y en castellano ...more
Kdunbier
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.
Kathryn
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
Brad
excellent international crime novel set in eastern austria. looking forward to reading more in this series.
Lucy Barnhouse
Clever, intelligent, deliberately absurd. Brenner remains a likable, earthy protagonist.
Alexander
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
Another book I read in translation and maybe that was the problem.
Mark
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.
Kirk
A very strange book; not sure if I liked it or not, hence the 3* rating.
Gidiot
Oddly edited translation, entertaining.
Larry
German mystery
Andrew Clem
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.
Naomi
I must admit that I was expecting more from this book. I found it to be ok. I think fans of M.C. Beatonwill enjoy this novel. It very much had that feeling to me. Now, I didn't read the first in the series (I have it on order from the library). Once I read that, I may reread this one (it is only 176 pages). If my opinion changes, so will my review!
Corry
This book from the Austrian author Wolf Haas was translated by Annie janusch. She did a superb job as none of the humoristics in this thriller was lost.
The humor was a surprise for me, as I read quite a few thrillers and none of them seem to have this kind of drole humor in it. I will look for another book in this 'Brenner" series of wolf Haas, totally enjoyable.
Newcastle
Gefiel mir besser als der Erste. Toller Krimi mit eigenwilligen Schreibstil, der anfangs etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig ist.
Martina
Not my favorite recent read. There is an unknown narrator telling most of the story and I'm not particularly fond of this form of story-telling. I became too bogged down in the plot and wasn't enjoying it as I wanted to. I may have to come back and try it again in the future.
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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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