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  • Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: AmazonCrossingEnglish (13. Dezember 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1611090326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611090321
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 0,6 x 12,7 x 21 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.618.203 in Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Bücher)

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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Jutta Profijt was born in 1967 in Ratingen, Germany. After finishing school, she lived abroad working as an au pair, an importer/exporter, a coach to executives and students, and a business English instructor. She published her first novel in 2003 and today works as a freelance writer and translator. Her first novel featuring coroner Martin Gänsewein, Morgue Drawer Four, was shortlisted for Germany’s 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel.

Erik J. Macki worked as a cherry-orchard tour guide, copy editor, web developer, and German and French teacher before settling into his translation career--probably an inevitable choice, as he has collected foreign-language grammars, dictionaries, and language-learning books since childhood and to this day is not above diagramming sentences when duty so calls. A former resident of Cologne and Münster, Germany, and of Tours, France, he did his graduate work in Germanics and comparative syntax. He now translates novels and nonfiction for adults and children from his home in Seattle, where he lives with his family and their black lab, Zephyr.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Nordlicht TOP 500 REZENSENT am 22. Februar 2012
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Interessanter Kladdentext, Nominierung für einen Buchpreis... das klang erst einmal nach einer spannenden Lektüre, auch wenn Krimis sonst eher selten mein Interesse wecken. Doch nach wenigen Seiten stutzte ich das erste mal über den Stil des Buches - irgendetwas war anders im Vergleich zu den anderen englischen Büchern, die sich auf meinem Kindle angesammelt haben. Als der Handlungsort der Geschichte (Köln) offenbart wurde reifte in mir die Erkenntnis: ich lese die englische Übersetzung eines ursprünglich deutschen Romans. Und das merkt man dem Werk an - und nicht im positiven Sinne.

Von stilistischen Mängeln abgesehen empfand ich aber auch die Story rund um einen Autodieb, der Opfer eines Mordanschlags wird und dann als Geist seinen Patologen dazu treibt, auf Spurensuche und Killerjagd zu gehen, als äusserst schwach. Beide Protagonisten sind deutlich überzeichnet - der eine so simpel, wie der andere Nerd ist und auch die Nebenfiguren wirken durch die Bank hölzern und unglaubwürdig. Einzelne Wendungen der Handlung sind so zufallsgesteuert, dass sie nach wiederholtem Auftreten nur noch unglaubwürdig wirken, genau so wie die charakterlichen Veränderungen der beiden Hauptpersonen im Verlauf der Geschichte aufgesetzt und nicht immer nachvollziehbar daherkommen. Das Finale von Morgue Drawer Four (Kühlfach 4) entpuppt sich dann noch einmal als besonders leer - so wie ein grob und schief zusammengezimmertes Skelett, bei dem die Erschaffering weder Zeit noch Lust hatte, Muskel, Sehnen und Haut über ihr Werk zu legen, um so zumindest den Mangel des Gerüstes zu überdecken.

Das Buch hat mich maßlos enttäuscht.
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Zugegeben, die Story ist etwas schräg. Der Autodieb, der einfach nicht in die ewigen Jagdgründe weiterziehen will und den armen Dr. Gänsewein unerbittlich zwingt verdammt noch mal jetzt seinen Mord aufzuklären, obwohl niemand ausser ihm glaubt, daß es Mord war. Spannend bis zum Ende. Schade, daß es das Buch als Sonderangebot nur in Englisch gibt, meine Family hätt's sicher auch gern gelesen. Wer auf etwas ungewöhnliche Krimis steht (und das Leiden des Martin Gänsewein ertragen kann :-)) ist hier gut bedient.
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Ein lustig, locker leicht geschriebener Roman, bei dem man auch gerne mal laut lachen kann.
Sehr schön - ich habe mir Morgue Drawer next door auch gekauft.
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109 von 110 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
"Life sure is strange, especially when you're dead." 27. Oktober 2011
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If you've read the book description above, you already know you're in for an offbeat story. Let me assure you it's as clever and witty as it sounds, and rather touching. The original German must be deliciously written because the English translation certainly is.

While performing a routine autopsy, coroner Martin Gänsewein is suddenly challenged by a voice inside his head. The soul of Pascha Lerchenberg is speaking to him, claiming his death was no accident. Pascha won't rest in peace until murder is proven. He doesn't want his friends to think he died of sheer stupidity.

Poor Martin. His unofficial partnership with a very pushy ghost is about to begin. It will take him into some very bad nieghborhoods.

The culture clash between the middle-class doctor and the low-life car thief yields endless opportunities for humor. Pascha cannot believe that his reputation on earth is in the hands of a polite intellectual, a man who revels in complex sentences, grinds his own coffee beans, considers a veggie burger real food, has no feeling for cars, and lets romance interfere with carnal pleasure.

The dead guy and the doctor have multiple adventures in a plot that's a nice tight piece of work. It's great fun to watch the author contrive logical explanations for unbelievable phenomena. Before we know it, we're quite comfortable with life on both sides of the grave, even if Martin and Pascha are not.

If you enjoy murder mysteries, ghost stories, dark thrillers, light comedies, and/or social satire, chances are you'll love this book, as I did. It partakes of all these genres, but with total originality.
40 von 43 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A pleasant-enough diversion, but I won't be back for more. 12. Dezember 2011
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I've been enjoying several urban fantasy series lately, including The Dresden Files, The Walker Papers, and Greywalker. This one, unlike those, is a much more conventional ghost story, where the ghost finds himself unexpectedly hanging around and so he works on solving his own murder, and although his partner is a coroner instead of a cop, the investigation proceeds in a fairly mundane manner. We get a couple of amusing interactions between the coroner and his invisible, inaudible companion with other parties in the story, but that's about as far as it goes. Otherwise, ghost boy mostly just enjoys looking down women's shirts and watching bad TV all night.

Supposedly this is the beginning of a series, but this story seems pretty well self-contained, and doesn't leave itself any obvious place to go after the end, nor did it leave me wanting to follow either of the characters in their future adventures. Like many first-of-a-series books, this one struggled a bit to find its voice. Once I got a little way in, however, it flowed along better and better, and was engaging (and short) enough to finish relatively quickly. Some of the voice-finding struggle may also be related to the translation; it's hard to translate colloquial language smoothly and keep the same feel, and I suspect this one could have been done better. In its current translation, I certainly can't see it having been worthy of a "best crime novel" prize in the original German. This book was a pleasant-enough few hours spent, but I wouldn't go seeking future books by the same author as a result of having read it.
27 von 31 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
interesting concept, ends up being whiny 7. Dezember 2011
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I had a hard time getting into this book, mainly because the main character isn't very likeable by being rather whiny and self-congratulatory. I like the concept, someone remaining behind to avenge their death, but feel this particular story would have kept my interest better if it wasn't one sided and told Martin's side of the story as well. Pascha's character was so selfish and self-centered it took away from what I wanted to be the focus of the story, solving the murder mystery. As it is now, the mysteries of the deaths surrounding Pascha's doesn't really seem to drive the narrative, more link it together. Nothing very interesting happens until the last 15 or so pages and even then the ending was not satisfying in any way. This isn't a book I would pick up to read again, nor would I recommend it to any of my friends to read simply because the pacing of it just drags on and on and the one character that is developed is supremely irritating.
29 von 34 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
I'm sorry... 12. November 2011
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...I really wanted to like this, I did. After all, even though the premise isn't exactly unique (the spirit of a dead man comes back to enlist the help of someone who can see him in order to avenge his murder) the method in which this particular premise is told is. After all, the ghost is a petty thief and the man who helps him is a shy coroner who really only wants to do his job and be able to collect his antique city maps and be left alone. However, even five pages in I kept wondering why anyone was supposed to care who or why Pascha/Sascha Lerchenberg was murdered. At one hundred pages in, I was glad the annoying little oik had been bumped off. As a narrator/protagonist, Pascha is the most uncouth, disgusting, perverted, sexist pig of a man I've ever encountered. And we're supposed to care he's dead? Excuse me, but as a reader, we're supposed to be able to connect with the protagonist on some level, to have some sympathy for him. With Pascha I felt nothing but irritation that I had keep hearing his "voice." Martin, the coroner, is a much more sympathetic character and I kept wishing the book had been told from his P.O.V. I would much rather have seen the story unfold from his shy and hesitant perspective as he encountered all manner of thugs and ruffians and had only the patronizing promptings of a ghost, who was more interested in looking up nearby womens' skirts, to help him out of sticky situations. Martin's use of legal-ese and medical mumbo-jumbo to intimidate the men bullying him were the most funny and creative bits in the entire novel.

Then we come to the method of storytelling. I've already mentioned how annoying Pascha's voice is, but his many interjections interrupted the flow of the narrative rather than added to it. The overwhelming number of his snarky asides and inner monologues and puerile sniggerings were just downright distracting. There also seemed to be unnecessary pauses in the action. For instance, when Pascha's body is being autopsied and Pascha makes his ectoplasmic self known to Martin, instead of exclaiming over the fact that someone can hear him and badgering that living person to talk to him, Pascha instead shuts up and slips into the morgue drawer holding his physical remains, waiting until the next morning to begin conversing with Martin. Now, me personally, if I were a ghost and discovered that when I spoke, someone living heard me, I'd be all up in that person's face, immediately asking what's going on, hey can you help me, and other assorted questions to do with my current incorporeal state. It just didn't sit right with me.

I wanted to blame the translation. After all, sometimes things get lost when switching from one language to another. The original story is in German and the German people have words (like Schadenfreude, a gorgeous one) which just do not translate into English. However, the more I read, the more I could see that the translator actually did an excellent job and the problems I encountered with the story were in the actual source material. One hundred pages in, I just had to stop pretending; I no longer had the energy or desire to continue with the book. I flipped through the rest of it just to see how the mystery ended and gratefully put the book away, somewhere far out of my sight. I really hate giving up on novels, but I hate wasting my time and energy on losers even more. And believe me, I hate calling something a "loser"; after all, I'm a writer, I know how attached we writers become to our work and how difficult it is to hear criticism of said work. So my problems with this book may not be your problems. After all, Morgue Drawer Four was shortlisted for Germany's 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel, so, hey, what the hell do I know?
12 von 13 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Funny, Irreverant and Genius 6. November 2011
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This book is such an entertaining piece of work I could hardly put it down. There is a street-wise ghost, a somewhat unbending autopsy doctor and a whole lot of craziness. I loved it!

Jutta Projift is a polished writer with a flair for subdued comedy. The translation for this book was superbly done by Erik J Mackie.

When Dr. Martin Gansewein finds one of his autopsied bodies has a voice, it scares him. But when that voice starts demanding he find the person who killed him, Martin is perplexed, to say the least. Unable to ignore the specter that follows him around, getting inside his head, he finally caves and gives in to the demands of the ghost called Shasha 'Phasha' Lerchenberg.

A quick, clean plot, well defined characters, and fast paced read. What more could you ask for? I will definitely read more of this author!
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