Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a policeman in 1930s Berlin and came to know it intimately as a private eye under the Nazis, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime. Now the war is over and Gunther's in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer. Amid decaying imperial splendor, he traces concentric circles of depravity that lead him to a former head of the Gestapo.
Gripping, frightening, and pungently atmospheric, A German Requiem demonstrates Philip Kerr's power to take his listeners hostage.
©1991 Philip Kerr; (P)2008 Books on Tape
"Kerr has the talent to....take you places you have never been." (The Washington Post Book World)
"Echoes of Raymond Chandler but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master." ( London Evening Standard)
Berlin Noir is a great trilogy, and John Lee is its perfect reader. A German Requiem is a good capper. the last sentence was written to fulfull the onerous requirement for a review to have 20 words; tgus sentence was written to explain that sentence.
But let's ask ourselves: how are we allowing it to happen here?
Solid story. Great plot twists. Like the others in the series, does a great job recalling the noir mysteries of the 30s and 40s in an interesting new environment. Darkly funny at times as well.
Interesting how this novel's unexpected jump forward in years serves to unravel the ghosts of the beasts he saw through their infancy. Kerr just gets better and more cunning in his story craft as his hero get all the more hell knocked out of him, only to come out wiser than ever.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
This novel takes gives you some insight into Nazi era Germany. It is a well written mystery and the narration is excellent. I am looking forward to the next installment. I highly recommend this series.
Mr. Kerr can really write a great story - time and time again. I have listened to several "Bernie Gunther" novels and each one is exceptional.
The story was outstanding and the author placed the listener into the Post-WW2 era of occupied Germany and Austria. The characters were also excellent and the author took full advantage of the mix of nationalities and occupational personalities. The tenor of the narrative was a little too harsh at times and this was enhanced by the cadences of the narrator. However, this is a part of the "gumshoe" persona, so most folks who enjoy this kind of detective story would not be put off by it. For me, the book was set well and the characters were vivid and entertaining, so it was well worth the purchase and the time.
Good historical references, especially to The Third Man which was filmed in Vienna I 1948.
Other than Bernie, with whom I can relate, the KGB colonel has a honesty about his job and his actions.
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