On a hot June day the body of a sixteen-year-old girl washes up on a river bank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered, but no one comes forward with any information as to her identity. Even weeks later, the local police have not been able to find out who she is.
Then a new case comes in: A popular TV reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives, barely, and is able to supply certain hints to the police, having to do with her recent investigations into a child welfare organization and the potential uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society.
As the two cases collide, Inspectors Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein dig deep into the past and underneath the veneer of bourgeois society to come up against a terrible secret that is about to impact their personal lives as well. In Nele Neuhaus's second U.S. publication of her enormously popular series, tensions run high and a complex and unpredictable plot propels her characters forward at breakneck speed.
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"Neuhaus's sequel to Snow White Must Die demonstrates the author's maturing skills." - Publishers Weekly
"The second book in the German police series featuring Inspectors Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein involves a complicated plot and a multitude of characters. Murders, kidnapping, child pornography, and corruption are only a few of the crimes investigated - but this thriller works!...Fans of Jo Nesbö's gritty thrillers will enjoy the intricacies of the plot." - Library Journal
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Nele Neuhaus is originally from Münster, Germany, but she and her family moved to the Taunus region of Hesse when she was a child. She became interested in books at an early age, and began to write her first stories. After secondary school she began studying law, German language and literature, and history, and worked for an advertising agency when she wasn't competing as a show jumper. Nele Neuhaus self-published before being discovered by Ullstein Verlag in 2008.
Nele's murder mysteries featuring the detective duo Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein have created an enthusiastic fan base and made the author one of Germany's most widely read crime writers. The TV films inspired by her Taunus murder mysteries have been seen by millions. A keen horsewoman, she also ...
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