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Brenner and God by Wolf Haas
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Nov 14, 12

Read in November, 2012

This is a very clever murder mystery, written from an unusual and witty authorial viewpoint. The semi-omniscient narrator never identifies or explains himself, yet seems to know some things, and not know other things, and becomes a character in himself. He informs us early in the book that specific terrible things will happen, and when, and they do. This in no way detracts from the pleasures of walking through the poses and plans of the evil Senator, the rich developer and the scheming thugs. The setting is Vienna. The context is city politics, an abortion clinic, and a former police detective who has fallen in life to the status of a mere chauffeur to a rich family's four year old child. When bad things happen to his young charge he takes it upon himself to descend into the muck, figuratively and literally, and sort it all out. The plot is not unusual, although suitably gruesome and nauseating, but the contemporary Austrian cultural context and the narrative voice make this very much worth a read.
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