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The One from the Other | [Philip Kerr]

The One from the Other

Munich in 1949 is a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work. It fills Bernie Gunther 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Munich in 1949 is 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 the flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods. It's work that fills Bernie Gunther 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 post-war Germany, nothing is simple, and Bernie soon finds himself on the run, facing enemies on every side.

©2006 Philip Kerr; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A brilliant transfer of a Chandler novel to postwar Germany." (Guardian)
"A superb crime novel...one of the most gripping and accomplished detective novels published so far this year." (Sunday Times)
"One of the great achievements of contemporary crime fiction....pure Chandler. Powerful and impressive." (Observer)

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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    6/19/08
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    "An excellent book"

    Philip Kerr writes fine thrillers, and this is one of his best.

    The genre is what you might term a 'noir thriller' typified best perhaps by Raymond Chandler, but what gives the book its spice and bite is that the story is set in post-war central Europe. The formula works really well, and the author skillfully weaves into the plot the thread of moral ambivalence that must have characterised the times in that part of the world. The characters are well drawn, and Philip Kerr works in very plausible references to real life villains such as Eichmann. The central character, Bernie Gunther, is not painted as a perfect human being, which I think greatly adds to the story, which is meticulously plotted, written with great pace and verve, and put in a fascinating and interesting historical context.

    Narration by Jeff Harding is well judged and paced and greatly enhances the listening pleasure.

    Incidentally, this is the fourth book in a sequence (but can be easily read on its own).
    Strongly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Rupert Seymour
    Stromness, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Post war shadowy nightmare."

    Bernie Gunther is no man's fool - he knows there are evils that haunt post war Germany ... he was after all in the SS even though he was transferred to the Russian front as he wouldn't be complicit with mass murderers. He's a good ex-SS man and he knows that beneath the surface of his conquered nation there lies living proof of it's ghastly past. Philip Kerr has the magic of Jo Nesbo to be able to tell a story and suddenly surprise the reader by taking the plot off at a tangent. Just when you sigh and relax feeling Bernie Gunter has resolved a problem the writer takes us off in another direction and accelerates leaving us holding onto our hero's coattail. An added bonus is the no nonsense voice of Jeff Harding who brings life and a bucketful of hard bitten gravel to the character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/22/14
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    "Another great listen in post war germany"

    I enjoyed this to. It is interesting observing the different levels of corruptness across the book from the butler, to the CIA and the real nazis. All steps on a way. Bit too many dead bodies in Vienna i dont think added much to the plot. The rest was fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stanley
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    7/4/11
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    "Good Very Good"

    Just love this mans books,when you get into them you do not want to stop untill the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harvey
    St Albans, Herts, United Kingdom
    12/10/10
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    "The One From The Other - Philip Kerr"

    Really enjoyed this non stop adventure, with the reader making it even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    London, United Kingdom
    3/18/09
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    "Another great Bernie Gunther thriller"

    A satisfyingly complicated plot, mainly set in 1949, as Germany struggles to put itself back together. When his wife dies of flu, heads to Munich to become a private detective once again. With thousands of ex-Nazis who weren't accounted for, a series of cases has Gunther trying to track down what happened to several of these, including one involving a stunning blonde who wants to remarry but can't until her husband (a death camp commandant) is proven dead. This is the catalyst for Gunther's getting involved in a very tangled web of Nazis on the run, the Catholic Church pipeline which helped them escape, the occupying forces, the CIA, and all the sordid corruption of the postwar era, when everyone was running some kind of scam. What makes the story especially engaging is the Gunther himself served in the SS, and did things in the war that still haunt him. Like everyone else in the story, he's guilty, complicit, and can't change the past.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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