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Title:
The ice queen : a novel
Author:
Neuhaus, Nele.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Tiefe Wunden. English
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
341 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"The body of 92-year-old Jossi Goldberg, Holocaust survivor and American citizen, is found shot to death execution-style in his house near Frankfurt. A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at the murder scene. The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo on the corpse's arm--a blood type marker once used by Hitler's SS. Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish after all? Who was he, really? Two more, similar murders happen--one of a wheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home, and one of a man with a cellar filled with Nazi paraphernalia--and slowly the connections between the victims becomes evident"--Amazon.com.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780312604264
Format :
Book

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The body of 92-year-old Jossi Goldberg, Holocaust survivor and American citizen, is found shot to death execution style in his house near Frankfurt. A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at the murder scene. The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo on the corpse's arm--a blood type marker once used by Hitler's SS. Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish after all? Who was he, really? Two more, similar murders happen--oneof a wheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home, and one of a man with a cellar filled with Nazi paraphernalia--and slowly the connections between the victims becomes evident: All of them were lifelong friends with Vera von Kaltensee, baroness, well-respected philanthropist, and head of an old, rich family that she rules with an iron fist. Pia and Oliver follow the trail, which leads them all the way back to the end of World War II and the area of Poland that then belonged to East Prussia. Noone is who they claim to be, and things only begin to make sense when the two investigators realize what the bloody number stands for, and uncover an old diary and an eyewitness who is finally willing to come forward.

Nele Neuhaus's The Ice Queen is a character- and plot-driven mystery about revenge, power, and long-forgotten and covered up secrets from a time in German history that still affects the present.


Author Notes

NELE NEUHAUS is one of the most widely read German mystery writers and the author of Snow White Must Die and Bad Wolf . More than four million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives near Frankfurt, Germany.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In German author Neuhaus's intriguing third series thriller to be published in the U.S. (after 2014's Bad Wolf), Det. Insp. Pia Kirchhoff and Supt. Oliver von Bodenstein of the Hofheim Regional Criminal Police in Hesse investigate the shooting murder of David Goldberg, a former White House adviser and revered member of the Frankfurt Jewish community. When an autopsy uncovers an SS tattoo on Goldberg's left shoulder, it becomes clear that the old man is not the Holocaust survivor he claimed to be. Enter Goldberg's friend, the wealthy matriarch Vera von Kaltenese, and her dysfunctional family members, who resist helping the detectives. Kirchhoff and Bodenstein discover a hidden trove of Nazi memorabilia and question a host of dubious characters, including down-on-his-luck pornographer and biographer Thomas Ritter. More corpses turn up amid hefty doses of sexual intrigue. Readers need to pay close attention to this solidly plotted and densely populated drama full of red herrings, lest they miss key clues. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Neuhaus's newest entry in the German police procedural series (Snow White Must Die; Bad Wolf) featuring Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver Bodenstein is loaded with deception and tangled familial webs that span decades. The story begins with the murder of a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor who was shot in the head and with the number "11645" written in the victim's blood. As Kirchhoff and Bodenstein investigate, their work comes abruptly to a halt when the victim's family takes the case out of their hands. Two more murders of World War II survivors that involve the same killing method and number occur shortly thereafter. Digging deeper, the duo find shocking clues that suggest that each of these victims is not actually a survivor but a perpetrator of Nazi war crimes. The only other connection is their lifelong friendship with the head of a rich and well-respected local family. VERDICT Lies and revenge are the driving forces of this intelligent mystery. Neuhaus manages a large cast of characters while skillfully executing plot twists. Newcomers to this series will have no problem jumping in with this book and will likely be interested in reading more. [See Prepub Alert, 7/28/14.]-Madeline Dahlman, Deerfield P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.