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Title:
Snow White must die
Uniform Title:
Schneewittchen muss sterben. English
ISBN:
9780312604257
Edition:
First St. Martin's Minotaur edition.
Publication:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2013.
Physical Description:
374 pages ; 25 cm
Number in series:
4.
General Note:
"First published in Germany under the title Schneewittchen muss sterben by List Taschenbuch, an imprint of Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH, Berlin"--Title page verso.
Summary:
"Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus is a tremendous new contemporary mystery series and huge international bestseller--with more than 2.5 million copies in print!On a rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: A woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace. In a trial based only on circumstantial evidence, twenty-year-old Tobias Sartorius, Rita Cramer's son, was sentenced to ten years in prison. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff discover that Tobias, after serving his sentence, has now returned to his home town. Did the attack on his mother have something to do with his return?In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. When another young girl disappears, the events of the past seem to be repeating themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a race against time, because for the villagers it is soon clear who the perpetrator is--and this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands. An atmospheric, character-driven and suspenseful mystery set in a small town that could be anywhere, dealing with issues of gossip, power, and keeping up appearances"-- Provided by publisher.
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Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus is a tremendous new contemporary mystery series and huge international bestseller--with more than 3.5 million copies in print!

On a rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: A woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer.

On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace. In a trial based only on circumstantial evidence, twenty-year-old Tobias Sartorius, Rita Cramer's son, was sentenced to ten years in prison. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff discover that Tobias, after serving his sentence, has now returned to his home town. Did the attack on his mother have something to do with his return?

In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. When another young girl disappears, the events of the past seem to be repeating themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a race against time, because for the villagers it is soon clear who the perpetrator is--and this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands.

An atmospheric, character-driven and suspenseful mystery set in a small town that could be anywhere, dealing with issues of gossip, power, and keeping up appearances.


Author Notes

NELE NEUHAUS is one of the most widely read German mystery writers. More than three million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives near Frankfurt, Germany.


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

German author Neuhaus makes her U.S. debut with this impressive multidimensional police procedural, which has already been published in 15 countries with more than three million copies in print. Convicted on circumstantial evidence of murdering two vanished 17-year-old girls, 30-year-old Tobias Sartorius returns home to Altenhain, a village near Frankfurt, after serving his 10-year sentence, to find his parents divorced and their lives as hopeless as his has become. The townspeople maintain a mafia-like code of silence to protect terrible betrayals past and present, even as the discovery of the skeletal remains of one of the missing girls leads Det. Insp. Pia Kirchhoff and Det. Sgt. Oliver von Bodenstein to suspect Tobias was innocent. Meanwhile, the two police officers get caught up in personal crises that realistically counterpoint the violence that greets Tobias's attempts to re-establish his life, when yet another girl goes missing and masked villagers nearly kill him. Again and again, Neuhaus inserts the old Grimm fairy tale refrain-"White as snow, red as blood, black as ebony"-that describes Snow White, the role of one of the original missing girls in a high school play10 years earlier, to underscore the grimmest of human emotions: white for icily plotted revenge, red for raging jealousy, black for homicidal madness. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

It takes a village to concoct an alibi. Now that Tobias Sartorius has come home to Altenhain after 10 years in the German prison system for the murders of Stefanie, who threw him over, and her pal Laura, his former girlfriend, much has changed. His parents have divorced, the family cafe has gone out of business and the family home is in such disrepair that no self-respecting rat would live in it. What remains is the enmity of those who will never forgive him for what he did to those teenage girls, whose bodies have never been found. Tobi is shunned, then beaten with bats. And he still has no memory of what he's done--probably because, as police detectives Oliver von Bodenstein, going through a rocky patch in his marriage, and Pia Kirchhoff, fighting off the legal demolition of her farm, come to realize, he may not have actually done anything. The only villager who believes in him is newcomer Amelie, waitress at the Black Horse, who eavesdrops on conversations that hint at who may have just pushed Tobi's mother off an overpass, who ambushed him and why they seem to be overly beholden to local nabob Terlinden, whose favors always have a catch. Terlinden's son Lars used to be Tobi's best friend. His twin, Thies, an autistic mute, now seems enamored of Amelie and shares his secret paintings with her. Do they implicate the cultural minister in past crimes? Or Tobi's old pals, including former tomboy Nadia, now a gorgeous cinema star? While Oliver's marriage crumbles and Pia scrambles to cover his lapses on the job, Amelie disappears, then Thies, and all the village secrets must be uncovered before the innocent can be redeemed. This emotional page turner, fueled by unexpected plot twists, marks the American debut of Germany's best-selling suspense writer, whose targets include the bourgeois, the overly solicitous and the rationalizations that lead to tragedy.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

A 30-year-old man returns to his small German hometown of Altenhain after a decade in prison for the murders of two young women. He finds his father a broken man and his mother living elsewhere under a new name. When she is attacked and thrown from a bridge onto a busy highway, police inspectors Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are drawn to seemingly quiet Altenhain, where the stolid burghers are actually hiding a roiling cauldron of secrets, enmities, scandals, infidelities, red-hot rages, and cold-blooded attacks. Snow White Must Die is the first U.S. publication for this best-selling German author, and she energetically piles up plot turns and revelations that have readers beliving that nearly every character is millimeters from emotional meltdown or violent rampage. Even the handsome, urbane von Bodenstein, the son of a countess, is nearly paralyzed by his wife's apparent infidelity. For U.S. crime fans, the resurrection of the eighteenth-century notion of Sturm und Drang might seem a bit over the top, but the novel is still great, guilty fun.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

On a cold and gray November morning, Tobias Sartorius is released from prison. After ten long years, most of it in solitary confinement, Tobias goes home to a community where he is despised, his father ruined and bankrupt, and his mother mysteriously attacked the day of his return. Charged with the deaths of two local teenaged beauties, Tobias had been easily convicted, particularly since he claimed to have zero memory of the events, had been witnessed to be severely intoxicated, and had woken up the next morning in clothes drenched in blood. But something's not right. Though miserable and plagued with feelings of guilt, Tobias remains uncertain that he committed the crimes. These doubts, combined with his mother's death and the overture of friendship from a teenaged newcomer to the village, set the stage for a series of twists, betrayals, and assaults that keep readers turning the pages up to the unpredictable ending. Verdict An international best seller, German author Neuhaus's second entry in a projected five-book series (but the first to be published in English) follows two German detectives, stoic and troubled Oliver von Bodenstein and harried but intuitive Pia Kirchhoff, through an addictively engaging mystery filled with suspects, confusion, love, and fear. Sure to intrigue and satisfy mystery fans, especially those who love international crime procedurals. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/12.]-Jennifer Rogers, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib., Richmond (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.