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By Wolf Haas

Another dose of hilarity and mayhem from the writer Carl Hiaasen calls “the genuine deal”

In this winner of the German mystery Prize, ex-cop Simon Brenner, as a part of his endless quest to get as far-off from being a cop as he can, takes a role as an ambulance motive force in downtown Vienna.

It’s a hair-raising task, even though, made extra so via the tendency of the opposite EMTs to put bets on what number crimson lighting fixtures they could run. Even worse, Brenner’s new enterprise has an issue: its significant competitor is one way or the other listening in on radio communications and beating his unit to each pickup. realizing his prior at the strength, Brenner’s boss asks him to behave like a cop and examine. in the meantime, is it Brenner’s paranoia or are convinced prosperous aged sufferers who're primarily fit death extra speedy than they should?

It isn’t lengthy prior to Brenner’s lifestyles is in actual risk, and once more it is going to take a certain quantity of booze, drugs, and undesirable habit for our guy to outlive being a cop yet another time.

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Yet this present day, Lungauer used to be too drained to giggle. bankruptcy 17 days they detained Brenner on the police station until eventually they believed his tale. perhaps a bit revenge used to be at play, too. Why they didn’t enable him opt for goodbye. simply because he was once the only to resolve the homicide and never them. essentially, confirmed up his ex-colleagues a bit. And who is familiar with how lengthy the case would’ve dragged on with no Junior’s silver bracelet? yet thank god they investigated the bracelet so completely. simply because at the internal band the notice LOVE were engraved, and it must’ve received sprayed with a bit blood while Junior cinched Bimbo’s gold chain round his neck within the 740 storage. simply because within the engraved letters the police lab came upon a bit dried Bimbo blood. Saturday evening and Brenner was once again at the streets, a loose guy back. He received at the U1 and rode it out to Danube Isle. 3rd day of the pageant this day, and within the newspapers he’d learn that at the first days on my own there’d been over 1000000 viewers to the island. while he acquired off on the conference middle, he simply needed to take a few steps prior to he used to be thoroughly enveloped by way of the crowds. You’ve obtained to photo it for a moment: frequently you head to the isle simply because you’re wanting a few outside to maneuver round in. in the course of Isle Fest, notwithstanding, all ten of its kilometers, like sardines in oil. the development tents have been merely fifty meters aside, yet you wanted an hour to get from one to the following. And at the method there, you unavoidably stepped on a Käsekrainer 5 occasions or slipped in mustard, each ten meters someone spilling beer in your head, and it really begins to suppose unusual if nobody’s stepping in your ft. think it or now not, although, it applicable Brenner simply advantageous this present day. After days in a phone on the police station, he really had significantly extra own area there than he did right here at the well-known neighborhood isle, no comparability in any respect. someway, although, he simply wanted the proximity of individuals without delay. the largest virtue was once that he was once not able to fall over. simply because on the Danube Isle Fest, you’ve acquired humans status so as regards to you in every single place you switch that you simply instantly get propped up. however, it has its hazards, too. simply because a inebriated who’s misplaced cognizance really must fall over, simply the body’s usual protection mechanism, and that’s why there are continuously such a lot of deaths on the pageant, as a result of the subconscious humans no longer falling over once they have to. Brenner wasn’t inebriated, notwithstanding. He was once simply drained from sleepless days spent in an interrogation room. now not what you’re pondering, even though, torture. even if keep in mind that, sure tools that the Vienna police are a bit infamous for. The previous water-bucket process, for instance. The Vienna police get pleasure from learning the severe reviews on torture popping out of Latin the United States nowadays, after which making an attempt it out for themselves. They don’t suggest something undesirable by means of it—just a few juvenile copycat mentality. yet with Brenner, you could relaxation guaranteed, every little thing, by means of the booklet. Even a physician for his damaged rib.

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