Heidelberger Wut: Kriminalroman (Alexander-Gerlach-Reihe) (German Edition)

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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us. There is a kind of matter- of-fact style to Burger's writing and a directness that actually creates further tension. The body of a fully grown adult contains around five litres of blood. Half a bucketful, no more All in all the dead man probably lost no more than two litres of blood. But when these two litres are spread over a seventy square metre room, which is largely decorated in white, then it's a lot.

Further intrigue is created through the surrounding characters. Vangelis, who also applied for Gerlach's job and is already highly established within the team, does not hide her animosity towards him or her power over her colleagues. Vangelis allowed the nervous officers to report to her and acted as if Balke and I were not there.

Gerlach is not afraid to tackle this head on. His gentle and non threatening approach, and subsequent relationships within the team, reflect his professional experience and affable nature. You know your way around the place.

Heidelberger Requiem by Wolfgang Burger

You know the city, the people. He is likeable and easy to relate to and respect.

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It is clear that he will be successful and is always well meaning and considerate towards anyone who he interacts with. In the words of the author himself, the protagonist, Chief Inspector Alexander Gerlach, "is not a doomed alcoholic, not frustrated by his life and his job, not bullied by his boss or colleagues, not a lone wolf, but a person like you and me.

He has issues but he also has strengths. He has worries and hardships and also successes and beautiful moments. Sometimes he muddles his way through like we all do; occasionally he is really very good. Often things become too much for him, but then somehow he manages to make it work. He is also reflective and I liked his moments of observation, insight and comment. But it didn't matter. Questions are the beginning of everything.

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Can we be blamed for knowledge that we hide away in our subconscious because we don't want to face it? He manages them as best he can. I must admit, I was intrigued by his ability to set them chores and tasks while he went out to work all day and was a little suspicious about how believable this really was, but maybe this reflects a different cultural approach to parenting.

Or because Gerlach is a man and in the police force The girls did appear to be older than their 13 years but perhaps attitudes to freedom and independence are different in Heidelberg or when you are a single parent family. What does work well is how the girls' behaviour inadvertently leads to Gerlach making several breakthroughs with his investigation and I liked this.

It also shows us that Gerlach is human, fallible and juggling a high profile job with a needy family. I also enjoyed the love interest and how this adds some mystery and another dimension to both Gerlach's character and the plot. His relationship with the mystery woman is a welcome sub plot and equally results in a further twist towards the end of the novel. I'd like to finish by quoting the author again as he sums up what he hoped to achieve through Gerlach's character: My Gerlach doesn't believe in the bad in people, even if he persistently gives a different impression in conversation.

Deep down he holds the same beliefs, the same fundamental optimism as his creator. You constantly fear for him. Sometimes you want to give him a shake; occasionally you want to hug and comfort him, but in the end, I am invariably happy with Gerlach, when against the odds, things turn out alright after all. Even when he hasn't been able to remove the bad from the world or at least create order on his desk. I enjoyed this novel and would be happy to read future books about Gerlach and his twin daughters.

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This is a police procedural set in the German city of Heidelberg. Customer reviews There are no customer reviews yet. Aber mehr wird jetzt nicht verraten. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? An ordinary, a little above mediocre, police procedural novel. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. It preserves the extremely Germanic style:

I hope this is the beginning of a series as I think it would appeal to a wide readership. The European setting is effective and no longer a barrier or distraction as I think with the growth of "Nordic Noir" and the recent increase in crime series set in Amsterdam, Germany or other European cities- on TV as well as in fiction - appeals to readers and has opened up a whole host of "new" authors for crime readers to enjoy and discover. My thanks to Bonnier Zaffre Publishing for the advanced copy of this novel in return for a fair review.

While most of the crime I read is either British or American, I have read some Scandinavian crime as well. What I got was a complex mystery featuring some fabulous characters set in a very interesting location. To start with that last element, Heidelberg rather reminded me of my own hometown of Leiden as they are both very old cities best known for their universities and of a similar size with a large student population. Because of that it was easy to picture what things might look and feel like in the town.

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The mystery was also interwoven with the town and very fun to follow to its conclusion. But the true stars of the book were Alexander Gerlach and his daughters. I really liked Gerlach as a character and it was interesting to see a crime novel featuring a single dad, especially one to twin, tween daughters. I also like that we meet all of them at a point of transition. Not only are they all still coping with the loss of their mother, they are also all having to adjust with their move to a new town and a new place of work and education.

I liked seeing how they coped with the situation and how Gerlach and the girls navigate the change together. Heidelberg Requiem is a solid opening to a new series, with plenty of hooks left for character development in further books. Hopefully Bonnier Zaffre will translate and release the rest of the series as well.

Heidelberger Requiem

This book was provided for review by the publisher. Jul 31, Viktoria rated it it was ok Shelves: Bilder und Metaphern werden oft krampfhaft gesucht. Daneben ist der Krimifall nicht wirklich aufregend und spannend. Der erste Verdacht ist so eindeutig falsch, dass der Leser dieser Spur nicht ein bisschen glauben schenken kann. Jun 01, Martha rated it liked it Shelves: Ich habe am Ende dieses Buchs angekommen! Ein ganzes Buch habe ich auf Deutsch gelesen. Ich habe drei Wochen plus zwei Tage gebraucht. Jetzt klopfe ich mich selbst auf die Schulter.