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From New York Times best-selling author Philip Kerr, the much-anticipated return of Bernie Gunther, our compromised former Berlin bull and unwilling SS officer. With his cover blown, he is waiting for the next move in the cat-and-mouse game that, even a decade after Germany's defeat, continues to shadow his life.

The French Riviera, 1956: The invitation to dinner was not unexpected, though neither was it welcome. Erich Mielke, deputy head of the East German Stasi, has turned up in Nice, and he's not on holiday. An old and dangerous adversary, Mielke is calling in a debt. He intends that Bernie go to London and, with the vial of Thallium he now pushes across the table, poison a female agent they both have had dealings with.

But chance intervenes in the form of Friedrich Korsch, an old Kripo comrade now working for Stasi and probably there to make sure Bernie gets the job done. Bernie bolts for the German border. Traveling by night, holed up during the day, Bernie has plenty of downtime to recall the last time Korsch and he worked together.

The summer of 1939: At Hitler's mountaintop retreat in Obersalzberg, the body of a low-level bureaucrat has been found murdered. Bernie and Korsch are selected to run the case. They have one week to solve the murder - Hitler is due back then to celebrate his 50th birthday. Lucky Bernie: It's his reward for being Kripo's best homicide detective. He knows what a box he's in - millions have been spent to secure Obersalzberg. It would be a disaster if Hitler were to discover a shocking murder had been committed on the terrace of his own home. But the mountaintop is home to an elite Nazi community. It would be an even bigger disaster for Bernie if one of them was the murderer.

Two different eras: 1939 and 1956, 17 years apart. And yet not really apart, as the stunning climax will show when the two converge explosively.

©2017 Philip Kerr (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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One of the best Bernie hunter series!

I really enjoy the Bernie Gunter series, and this one is the best i have read to date. Excellent storyline, great narration by John Lee. In addition to good suspense, the character are well developed, and Bernie with his sharp Berliner humor has me laughing, at the same time this does not detract from the great depiction of Germany pre and pst Ww 2. Very absorbing!

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over-the-top narration became tedious

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

it was satisfactory; I don't expect fairy-tale endings

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

not sure. I usually like John Lee but found his over-exaggerated archness tedious here

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

depends on the cast

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Bernie Would Have Won

John Lee took some time hitting his stride in this one. Does he do Kerr's books about the English football club? I miss the idiosyncratic noir slang of the series opener, but plot and setting are solid here. My personal favorite of this series is the one with the Cuban Casino.

I love these books. If you are interested, I strongly recommend beginning at the beginning. This particular story might not grip a new listener, but the momentum of the series is far from spent. While not knocked over by this installment, I was excited to get it and will be excited for the next one.

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Bernie in the Brambles

More great adventures of Bernie the sarcastically cynical broken hero... Fascinating snapshot of a historical context, and delightful weaving of historical characters into the fabulous fiction... These books don't have to be read in order, you can appreciate the uniqueness of Bernie regardless of which book you pick up first... Murder, conspiracy, Nazis, Commies, twists and turns, and the inevitable near death experiences Bernie always finds himself somehow enduring and surviving... Witty and depressing simultaneously that's Bernie the Bull... Flows smoothly w/ the historical back and forth, and the narration is excellent... Fair warning, there is no such thing as a happy ending in a Bernie Gunther story, only varying degrees of survival...

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another good Bernie

The highlight of this series, to me anyway, has been the different historical settings that Bernie has found himself in. The setting in this one is great, Hitler's Lair in the mountains of SE Germany. I'd always heard and read about it but the author brings it to life like no other source has to me. The Nazis were an extreme example of the bullies taking over. Those at the top of the regime were ruthless from the start, that's how they got to where they did. But I never really thought how the ruthlessness filtered down the chain of command. And, I'd never really thought about how the local Germans hated the Nazis for coming in and destroying their world, taking their property, killing them. It was a nasty existence. So, Bernie gets sent to solve a murder that no one can know even happened. He has this ruthless crowd trying to derail him almost at every step. But, in typical Bernie fashion, he keeps surviving on his way to solving the crime.

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Parallel Histories

The trio of author, protagonist and narrator bring 2 completely separate plots together seamlessly as Bernie, again, miraculously survives certain death so that we can observe not just history, but it's aftermath. The author's ability to make Bernie almost superhuman, in a believable way, helps us to glimpse how one righteous man might make a difference in a world where man's inhumanity to man is front page news, when the righteous go unnoticed. But they do go on...creating some light in the darkness.

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Another great read - and many great one liners

Wow, I really enjoyed this book. Seemingly, I can’t get enough of that Philip Marlowe storied life of love & lust, murder, and intrigue. With the basis or backdrop of WW2 and the Weimar Republic. I love the way Burnie sizes up the situation and tell it like it is. He’s a man with principles and won’t finish the job until it’s complete. Yet another story of murder set the past and the past, past with a cast of characters be they fictional or real. Take Gerdy Troost, for example. When I heard that name I went like, wow, who has a name like that? Then I looked it up. There was such a person and it’s not hard to imagine that dialog coming out of her mouth. There are other characters of the Nazi regime as well. Intriguing band of cutthroats they are. And Kerr brings them to life.

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He just got better every book

I enjoyed the story line the most of any of his books, he got better as he went along.

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Complicated but worth it

A complicated plot with lots of characters. The historical information is fascinating to say the least.

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Great mix of Bernie, history and detection

Pre and post-war stories intertwined with the best of Me. Kerr's skill in a hard to put down novel.