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The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel | [Philip Kerr]

The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel

Munich, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing war criminals, and all the backstabbing intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war. It is also a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in their flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods.
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Munich, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing war criminals, and all the backstabbing intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war. It is also a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in their flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods. It's work that fills Bernie with disgust - but it also fills his sorely depleted wallet. Then a woman seeks him out. Her husband has disappeared. She's not looking to get him back: he's a wanted man who ran one of the most vicious concentration camps in Poland. She just wants confirmation that he's dead.

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

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    Linda Bellevue, WA, USA 06-18-08
    Linda Bellevue, WA, USA 06-18-08
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    "Excellent plot"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 04-03-10
    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 04-03-10 Member Since 2006
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    "The best in the series"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy PA 07-13-09
    Old Hippy PA 07-13-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Follow-Up To Pale Criminal"

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 04-11-10
    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 04-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "the one from the other"

    another Phillip Kerr book; great narrator; highly recommend this author and this series

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    P. Bowen New York, NY United States 01-15-14
    P. Bowen New York, NY United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2006

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    "Bernie Gunther, one of the great noir characters"
    Where does The One from the Other rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Aaron Troy, MI, United States 06-07-09
    Aaron Troy, MI, United States 06-07-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Not the best in the series, but still good"

    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.

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    PAR-TEE NEW JERSEY 05-11-14
    PAR-TEE NEW JERSEY 05-11-14 Member Since 2012

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    "To many "Strasses"for me..."

    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...

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    Kitty Reno, NV 03-30-14
    Kitty Reno, NV 03-30-14 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "Totally amazed me..."

    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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