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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

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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Starts slow but satisfying

Took a long time for Phillip Kerr to get this one set out by the overall result was very strong. Well worth the investment of time. John Lee is amazing.

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  • snpt
  • Wayne, NJ, United States
  • 05-13-15

John Lee give this series its true flavor

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.

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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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  • Aaron
  • Troy, MI, United States
  • 06-07-09

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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Great book, but depressing to read how the Catholic Church colluded with former Nazis

This was a great book, yet at the same time, it was very depressing to read how the Catholic Church had colluded with former Nazis to assist with their escape from justice.