Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

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Quirk Books, 2009 - Humor - 343 pages
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Wolf Haas' Detective Brenner series has become wildly popular around the world for a reason: They're timely, edgy stories told in a wry, quirky voice that's often hilarious, and with a protagonist it's hard not to love. In this episode, Brenner-forced out of the police force-tries to get away from detective work by taking a job as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day, while Brenner's attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena at a gas station, Helena gets snatched from the car. Abruptly out of a job, Brenner decides to 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. Brenner and God is told with a dark humor that leaves no character, including Brenner, unscathed. Haas tells the story of a fallible hero who can be indecisive and world-weary, baffled and disillusioned by what he finds, but who presses forward nonetheless out of a stubborn sense of decency-a two-year-old is kidnapped, so you find her, because that's just what you do.

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Worst copy editing ever. - Goodreads
A great parody novel. - Goodreads
The premise was ok, but the dialogue was dreadful. - Goodreads
The love story was sweet and heroic. - Goodreads
Meh. I liked it okay but the ending was lame. - Goodreads
The superb Jane Austen prose is all here, but - Goodreads

Review: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

User Review  - Bethany - Goodreads

I was hoping for a funny, clever remake of a classic, involving sea monsters. Unfortunately, it fell flat and instead of witty or clever, the book is just odd with weirdness mashed into the story. Read full review

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User Review  - Krystina Darlene - Goodreads

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About the author (2009)

JANE AUSTEN is coauthor of the New York Times, Globe and Mail and National Post bestseller, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which has been translated into 17 languages and optioned to become a major motion picture. She died in 1817.BEN H. WINTERS is a writer based in Brooklyn.

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