Translated by Annie Janusch

Part of Melville International Crime

When the corpses of an American couple are found frozen to death on a ski lift in a pristine Alpine village, Brenner is called in to investigate, in his first case as a P.I.

When Inspector Simon Brenner leaves the police force, he’s looking forward to some peace and quiet, and the lovely Alpine village of Zell seems like just the place. That is, until the corpses of an American couple are found frozen on a ski lift, and Brenner, doing some part time work for an insurance company, is called in to investigate the matter. It turns out that the victims have relatives in the area, and the crime—if it is a crime—seems like it could be a family affair. Except the prime suspect has a solid alibi and no one in picture-perfect Zell is talking.

So Brenner, in his inimitable style, draws out all the village’s characters—the longtime residents, the resort staff and guests—and uncovers the dirty doings that lurk underneath the pristine snow…and family secrets long buried. This first book sets up the totally unique, quirky narrative voice that runs throughout the series and introduces the reluctant, yet brilliant, Detective Brenner,in a plot with as many twists and turns as a Double Black Diamond.

WOLF HAAS was born in 1960 in the Austrian province of Salzburg. He is the author of seven books in the bestselling Detective Brenner mystery series, where each title has sold in the hundreds of thousands, and 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.

Translator 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 two Brenner books, Brenner and God, and The Bone Man. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

“Captivating…There is a lot to like about Wolf Haas.” —Crime Review

“If you like the Coen brothers, you will adore Inspector Brenner.” —the Globe and Mail

“There are seven books in the series so far, so the reader who enjoys Haas’s style has much to look forward to.” —Reviewing the Evidence

Best Book Covers of 2014 —Paste

“It’s truly amazing to see Brenner finally put the pieces together, even with the help he gets from an obliging lift operator and a sixth-grade student. Add a narrator whose rapid-fire monologue piles additional layers of digression atop Brenner’s own circumlocutions, and you have the shaggiest detective currently working the field.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Wolf Haas has forged one of modern noir’s best detective series in the curious cases of Inspector Simon Brenner.” —the Barnes & Noble Review, The Week’s Best Reading

“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

“Haas brings a wry sense of humor to this familiar story line with his detached, conversational style. American readers will look forward to seeing more of Simon Brenner.” —Publishers Weekly

“A meticulously plotted, dark, and often very funny ride.” —The Millions