Inexplicably, the most popular restaurant in this bucolic corner of Austria is a fried chicken joint. When human bones are found in the bone-grinder pile, the restaurant's manager hires PI Simon Brenner (introduced in Brenner and God) to investigate. Now she's gone missing. The case gets stranger as folks disappear at a disturbing clip and a soccer player's head is discovered in an equipment bag. Eventually Brenner realizes a soccer bribery scandal is probably connected to the bones in the restaurant. Needless to say, he hopes to solve the case without losing any bones himself. VERDICT Brenner's exploits are highly amusing. The novel's sense of the absurd will appeal to Colin Cotterill fans.[Page 62]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.