It's a simple enough job. But in postwar Germany, nothing is simple: nothing is what it appears to be. Taking the case, Bernie takes on far more than he'd bargained for, and he soon finds himself on the run, facing enemies on every side. Because in a defeated and divided Germany, it's hard to know friends from enemies, the one from the other.
©2007 Philip Kerr; (P)2007 Books on Tape
This is my first experience listening to a book by this author and I was very pleasntly surprised. Not only is the plot well developed, it is not obvious until near the denoument. Some of the villians are actually likable until they are revealed. There is a refreshing lack of plot crutches such as making the bad guys much smarter/skilled than the hero to create tension or making players do things that are completely out of character. The author also infuses the main character with a clever sense of humor. As usual, John Lee does an amazing narration and, thankfully, doesn't effect a German accent throughout the book.
Easily read as a standalone. John Lee fits for the voice of Gunther and is excellent at voice characterization of the other players. Intricate plot with much credible history. A great read.
Another great story from Philip Kerr. Great plot, even this jaded reviewer didn't see how the plot would twist until the author was ready. Narration was superb. This is really very good historical fiction-writing. Read Pale Criminal first, then this one. You will enjoy!
Once again Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther chronicles his remarkable adventures through 20th century history, and his hard-boiled perspective strikes just the right tone.
This is the least of the bunch. I don't read series detective novels as a rule because - most are garbage. This series is good fun, however - the setting is original, the dialogue is thoughtful and the plots are (generally) clever. The central twist here is the disappointment - you will see it a long way off and the fact that Bernie doesn't is irritating because he comes across as far more astute in the first three books.
Anyway, still far beyond much of what you will find out there.
love the story line of the series. Philip Kerr shows with Gunther that during crazy times there were some people who saw how wrong everything was a the time.
This book had too many "Strasses" and not enough storyline... The writer without a doubt has talent, his characters are interesting, but he overdoes their portrayal. Where is the story, plot, the intrigue??? I found this book overdone in historical fact, to the point of repetitious boredom. I plowed halfway thru and just could not deal with another Strasse... Not my cup of tea... Look hard before you believe the hype...
I love my books, over 1000 in my library. I have been a member since the year 2000.
I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I got the mystery that I love and a bit of history mixed in. I am going to have to listen to other books in this series.
This story held my interest from the beginning to the end. Well worth my time and credit.
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