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"Streets ahead of most other historical thrillers [...] the kind of detail that brings the past to life." (Sunday Times)
This time set on the south of France Bernie tangles with former Nazis and current spies. Yes there's a woman and deceit, tension and violence but a superb performance and masterly plotting ensures freshness and a gripping episode in this ongoing Bernie Gunther saga. Highly recommended.
"Truly 5 star"
I have long followed Bernie Gunter and think Jeff Harding amongst the two best narrators...and this was back to form. For me a pleasure....intelligence, believable characters, snippets of history and enough twists. I listen to lots of crime books but these are a cut above everything. Up there with Peter Mays Scottish books ....but I prefer Bernie Gunters character-which I could get drink on schnapps with him one day.
"OK but not great"
Been a big fan of all Mr Kerr's Bernie Gunter series but this book lacked the suspense and the thriller aspect of many of his previous books and seemed to document rambling camp conversations with Somerset Maugham which to be frank were a little dull and not sure who this book would suit lost on me though
"Philip Kerr, please give up this series"
The early books are great, but the last 2 have been disappointing. The post war story lines are contrived and not very good. I feel the series would be better served by recounting some pre wars tales.
No I love these kind of books. It is great Berlin Noir, but the last few have quite literary lost the plot.
Jeff Harding is a great reader and conjures up that 30's style detective noir of Raymond Chandler.
Once again great story from Philip Kerr. Fantastic twist at the end. Jeff Harding brings it all to life with his brilliant narration.
The very best Bernie Gunther novel to date with thought Provoking insights into the Cambridge spy ring and British Mi5 & MI 6.. With lovely unexpected twists, turns, and thank God Jeff Harding is back as he simply is Bernie Gunther.
"Not up to previous standard"
Good narration as with previous books but story lacks quality and formulaic I think Bernie is better off in normal Nazi environment in Germany
"Bernie is back to his best"
Jeff Harding is one of the very best narrator's
Bernie knows how to turn events always to his advantage - I cannot wait for his next adventure
"Bernie stronger than ever."
Fewer Nazis than usual but more than made up for with a whole cast of real life characters and events. I thoroughly enjoyed Gunther"s eleventh outing. Perhaps more than any previous Gunther novel, some knowledge of Bernie's past certainly adds to the enjoyment.
Jeff Harding's reading was, as ever superb. Harding is Gunther !!!
"Bernie Gunther meets MI5"
Another hit for Philip Kerr. More light is shed on Bernie's backstory, including how he came to be in a Russian POW camp, as well as continuing the narrative in the 'present' (which in this case is 1956.)
At last Bernie Gunther crosses swords with the English! As with the other novels the mix of historical fact (it helps if you have heard of the Cambridge Circle) and fiction makes this compulsive listening.
The final show down with the English spymasters. To say any more would be a plot spoiller, but it is classic Bernie!
Almost- too long for one sitting, but I completed it in a week!
I can't wait for the next installment, as Bernie will be back next year!
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