Retired lawyer/executive but active curmudgeon keeping busy by volunteering with Hope Hospice in the fall and winter and National Park Service in Spring and Summer. Training a new RV co-pilot after my long-time co-pilot passed away suddenly.
I still find it hard to believe that I would get hooked on a former SS officer as protagonist . I readily admit that , long ago, I was hooked on Bernie Gunther stories. Each book gets better and better. This one is terrific! Paul Hecht does an outstanding job with this book. It's seems like a very tough part to play but Mr Hecht makes the story come alive.
Kerr is probably one of those writers that you either really like or really don't like. His books on Audible benefit from good narrators (Paul Hecht is as delightful as John Lee once you get used to him) as well as interesting historical plots. I have no idea how accurate his Nazi world is, but it makes for enjoyable listening. Gunther is hard not to like as a hero because he so often turns out to be incredibly vulnerable. In this book Gunther gets a little out of his element, or maybe it is Kerr and his experimental style that goes a bit awry. Nevertheless, Kerr still delivers and Bernie does not disappoint.
I have read every Kerr book ,so I must like them. I have gone to US holocaust Memorial Museum website. I guess one is saying and the other is proving : there is no god, there is no justice, and nothing is solved by war.
I don't know how to rate this book. I don't know if I like or not. I guess the one liner by the old peasant to Pancho Villa says it all "doesn't matter who is in charge, they all still you chickens." However , this is much to simple for this book that starts slow and familiar and grows on you.
Anyone who is interested in the history of midcentury Europe cannot fail to learn a lot and enjoy by following the career of Berlin policeman Bernie Gunther from the 1920s through 1950sthrough a series of novels by Philip Kerr.