©2008 Philip Kerr; (P)2008 Books on Tape
"The brutality and corruption of Nazi Germany serve as the backdrop for this impressive debut mystery novel. Scottish-born Kerr re-creates the period accurately and with verve; the novel reeks of the sordid decade that saw Hitler's rise to power." (Publishers Weekly)
"Echoes of Raymond Chandler, but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master." (Evening Standard, London)
Move over Sherlock here comes Bernie! A real gritty true to the genre of PI Noir. Tough and smart a real man in a world going mad and dealing with the decay of a society and the terrible slide into Nazi Germany as the back drop.
Mind wandered more than usual. I like Deighton and Ambler..Silva and LeCarre. This was simple character dev but hard to follow. Too many characters and was not sure who was who. Maybe the book was too short at 9hrs. Found it hard to care about and like John Lee reading Follett better. Maybe it just takes some getting used to as by the end, I thought I might try the second book. Love the era/genre.
Writer & daddy.
Yes, I think this series would appeal to readers of all shapes and sizes.
The historical elements flow so well. Great mystery. Great characterizations.
Yes, more in this particular series. I really love his voice, especially for this Kerr series.
And if you dig history, this one's steeped in deftly tossed in asides. I was just in Berlin and it was great to follow Bernie with a map through neighborhoods I had familiarity with now. Berlin is such a tinderbox of historical allusion and Kerr does a terrific job of mining those diamonds, "bells", for this series. And anything that John Lee reads goes from good to engrossing with those first gravely syllables.
Plot had many surprising twists. Having traveled personally to many of the areas mentioned, you can tell the writer does his homework.
Mr. Lee is a very good reader, except he sometimes mispronounces German words for locations, people's names, etc. As long as you are setting your books in German locales, you should use German - and not Americanized - pronunciations.
Philip Kerr is a darned good mystery writer. John Lee is a very good reader (just needs to work on his pronunciations of German words)!
I could wile away the hours...
The "schtick" here is placing the hard-boiled detective in the midst of SS officers, concentration camps, etc. while trying to solve a double murder. And, it gets better and better as it goes.
In the top 25%
Gunther. He is irreverent, someone you can relate to emotionally, given his circumstances and the times he lived in.He is not afraid of himself.
Too many to select one specifically.
Against all odds, a mystery is solved.
The book started out kind of even/even as far as what I expected. I puzzled out the guilt pretty quickly as far as the story went, however, there were twists I did not see coming at all. As the story developed, it simply just kept getting better. Same with the settings.
As in my last review of a Gunther novel, the reader seemed terse and brisk. In this tale it was less of a problem for me though. It fit very well with the story line. Again, Kerr has made a historical setting come alive in his narrative. Many of the characters were not as developed or as interesting as those in "A German Requiem" and the period does not interest me as much. But the story is as great, if not better than the latter. So far, Kerr's Gunther novels have been worth the money and the time spent.
No, because it was too mundane. Had all the same characteristics of any common detective story. No unique features.
Given a little more life to the constraints of living in Nazi Germany, similarly to the way life in Soviet Russia was treated in Child 44.
No, but there undoubtedly be one.
It intertwines history and fiction, it's full of suspense and I love Bernie Gunther's character. He is gritty and sarcastic. I didn't like the ending too much and there is a lose end that does not get resolved. But these are minor bumps in an otherwise smooth narrative.
Bernie Gunther is a cool cat.
Bernie, but I am amazed at John Lees spectrum of talent. He is great as every character, even females.
Just finished the next book in series, Pale Criminal. Even better than the the March of Violets.
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