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The Pale Criminal | [Philip Kerr]

The Pale Criminal

During a sweltering heat wave in the summer of 1938, the German people anxiously await the outcome of the Munich conference, wondering whether the Fuhrer will plunge Europe into another war. Meanwhile, private investigator Bernie Gunther is hired by a rich widow to find out who has been blackmailing her, as well as by the Berlin criminal police to track down a serial killer. Temporarily promoted to the rank of Kommissar, Gunther sets out to solve the dual mysteries amid the tensions of pre-war.
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Publisher's Summary

During a sweltering heat wave in the summer of 1938, the German people anxiously await the outcome of the Munich conference, wondering whether the Fuhrer will plunge Europe into another war.

Meanwhile, private investigator Bernie Gunther is hired by a rich widow to find out who has been blackmailing her, as well as by the Berlin criminal police to track down a serial killer. Temporarily promoted to the rank of Kommissar, Gunther sets out to solve the dual mysteries amid the tensions of pre-war.

Hard-hitting, fast-paced and richly detailed, Philip Kerr's second Bernie Gunther novel is nothing short of spell-binding.

©1990 Philip Kerr; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Bernie Gunther's the right kind of hero for his time - and ours." (New York Times)

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  • chris
    London, United Kingdom
    1/19/09
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    "Second in the series and just as good"

    This is the second title in the "Berlin Noir" trilogy. Set in Berlin of 1938, Bernie Gunther is investigating a serial killer specialising in young German girls. Meanwhile, elements of the Nazi party are attempting to use the killings to stir up anti-Jewish rioting. An excellent story, with more interesting detail of Berlin in the 30's and the Nazi threat.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    3/12/14
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    "Fascinating pre war Nazi German setting"

    My first Phillip Kerr book. I enjoyed the story of the individuals in the setting of a comming Nazi state. Well enjoyed isnt the right word probably fascinating that so many failed to challenge the holocaust and stand up for what was right. But how easy is it to take tha path. Jeff Hardings narration was first class. Only problem is from tine to time i felt i was in a Jack Reacher Book because it was Jeff narrating. Wonder if this is why the narrator changes later in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gunnar
    Portugal
    12/17/13
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    "Bernie Gunther back in Kripo"

    Fascinating to have a detective story set in Nazi Germany. The idea is brilliant, the reading is good without being fantastic but the story is a bit too fantastic at times.

    But all in all a very good listen.

    Recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Bristol UK
    10/7/13
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    "German Chandler innit!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pale Criminal the most enjoyable?

    If you've read any of the Flashman books and Hammett or Chandler then in a nutshell that's what to expect. A ripping yarn set upon a backdrop of Germany between the 30's to 50's


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    6/21/10
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    "Enjoyable Yarn"

    This was an enjoyable detective story and the setting - late nineteen thirties Germany - added to the interest. I did however find the hard boiled American narration a wee bit annoying, especially as the narrator made such a good job of the other German characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rita
    Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    1/12/10
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    "Great period feel"

    i really enjoyed the hard-boiled detective in this series and the backdrop of 1930s Berlin provides a sinister atmophere. All the series are good but I did not enjoy Philip Kerr's other books. Luckily he has return to the Bernie Gunther stories

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • r
    maghera, United Kingdom
    3/13/09
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    "fantastic listen"

    I did not know much about Germany before the war. It paints a picture of a country on a downhill slope,where serial killers, thugs and politicians do what they like.
    It is a fasinating listen and a great thriller.
    It kept me listening right to the end. I really enjoy these books and the characters are gritty, real and have plenty of human faults.
    This novel is a 1st rate listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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