This is my first Bernie Gunther novel...After reading positive reviews for his latest "Prussian Blue", I thought I should take a look at some others. This was the only Bernie book on the shelves, so I grabbed it...Really enjoyed it, good wise crack type of guy and he does have a checkered past... So, I'm looking forward to more--have his 1st Bernie novel on the way and then will check out more. Almost like an Alan Furst novel, pre WWII, action and past the the war.
So, its an unusual premise, read it...Fairly quick and interesting...
This was a good book. I heartily concur with the other positive reviews. Classic wise-cracking hard-boiled detective believably set in a surreal time and space of post WWII Europe. Showed a lot of interesting complexity, but didn't get bogged down. This was a "you might also like" suggestion after reading "The Man from Berlin" by Luke McCall. And I liked it a lot!
Superbly and brilliantly written! Lots of intrigue! I highly recommend it!
Well written sarcastic at the right places/moments. Great character descriptions, tense and insightful - corrupt Americans, inefficient French and the general chaos after the war.
Excellent author - my first Bernie Gunther thriller - couldn't put it down - I will be sure to read more of Philip Kerr's books!
I enjoyed this book immensely. Kerr's writing combines humour and wit as the smart talking Bernie Gunther gets enmeshed in a web of deceipt and double crosses in pursuit of a career as a private investigator. The tale is woven amongst the events of Nazi Germany and the aftermath. Kerr cleverly embeds the story amongst factual events and real characters in a way that provides rare insights into the thinking and motives of the times. Read this fast-paced story and get a history lesson as well.
I am not quite sure how to recommend this as it deals with some pretty horrible subjects and is full of anti-semitic language. That said it is a creature of the time it is set in - pre- and post-WW2 Germany.
Bernie Gunther is a wise-cracking PI who has been through the wars (literally).
quite enjoyable. involved storytaking place mostly following ww2 in germany
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