Brenner and God
One of the most wildly popular detective series in Europe---where each book has sold over 300,000 coies---finally comes the US and UK.
Simon Brenner is an ex-detective who's now turned to a quieter career as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Mucnich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day at the gas station, while Brenner's attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena, the little girl gets snatched from the car. Now out of a job, Brenner decides investigate her disappearance on his own. With both parents in the public eye, there's no scarcity of leads---the father's latest development project has spurred public protest, and the mother's clinic has been targeted by the zealous leader of an anti-abortion group.
Set in Vienna's gas stations, betting parlors, and "Yugoslav" discos, Brenner and God features a dubious cast of powerful characters: there are Viennese politicians, bankers, and real estate magnates, all implicated in the kidnapping.
Told in a playful style that has won the admiration of readers around the world, Haas writes with a dark humor that leaves no character, including Brenner, unscathed.