Berlin Noir: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, 1-3)

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Berlin Noir: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, 1-3)

Berlin Noir: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, 1-3)

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In one big paperback you get the complete Berlin trilogy: March Violets; The Pale Criminal and A German Requiem.

The towns like Berlin that were initially “liberated” by the Red Army suffered terrible looting and destruction on the ground. Communism is the new enemy, and with the Nuremberg trials over, some strange alliances are being forged against the Red Menace - alignments that make many wartime atrocities look lily-white by comparison. Bernie Gunther, who left the Kriminal Polizei because of politics taking precedent over justice, is the tough, wise-cracking P. The idea of a 'gumshoe' in (and before and after) the Nazi era seemed a bit odd, but the more I read, the more I adapted to the style and the idea and by the end of the 3rd book, I was in.For example, Kerr could have chosen to end March Violets with Gunther's arrival at Dachau, and spent all or most of the second book with having his sympathetic protagonist struggle to survive, let alone solve his case, there. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Anyway, for a twenty cent investment I figured I couldn't go far wrong in selecting the trio of books that apparently made Kerr's literary reputation.

Downing’s main character John Russell and Cantrell’s Hannah Vogel are both news reporters, not detectives, so the sensibilities are different. A group of watercolor landscapes went on sale at a German auction house, supposedly the work of a young and impoverished Adolf Hitler while he was struggling as an artist in Vienna. This caper has our hero taking a little trip to Palestine to help a client, a Jewish businessman, emigrate and move his assets safely there. The jaundiced world view and the cynical humor make it palatable while the seriousness of what is at stake is retained. Like most hard-boiled detectives, he's got a dry wisecrack for every situation, though he's better at it than most and I actually found myself laughing out loud at many of his comments.

Bernie as a character is an unrepentant wise-ass, and this aspect of his personality rings loud and clear in his presentation of himself and his experiences to the reader. The first three in the Bernie Gunther series, March Violets, The Pale Criminal and A German Requiem are true crime classics that transport readers to the rotten heart of Nazi Berlin, and introduce the cynical, wise-cracking private eye who sought justice within it. stars, and I may read more of his books, despite the fact they are potboilers, and despite his anti-French prejudice.

What Bernie discovers is far worse than a lone madman: an occult conspiracy at the very heart of the Nazi Party. The mysteries are first-rate hard-boiled stuff, with plenty of fistfights and other manly action, as well as twisting plots full of double-crosses and surprises. That said, the atmospherics, level of authentic historical detail, and genre-nailing fun kept me going here. It ought to be the exclusive property of novelists—but only if they are as clever and knowledgeable as Philip Kerr.What sets these novels apart from Furst, of course, is that Furst doesn’t have any continuing character. Since the late eighties, Philip Kerr had been redefining crime fiction with his justly-lauded Bernie Gunther sequence. The first book take place in 1936: Hitler is on the rise, people like him, there are some weird laws, Jewish people are slowly trying to flee the country. I simply cannot read another noir cliché like, "Looking around the room, I found there were so many false eyelashes flapping at me that I was beginning to feel a draught. Bernie Gunther Books 1, 2, and 3 BERLIN NOIR is a one-volume trilogy comprised of the first three Bernie Gunther novels republished in a single book.

By the way, while Kerr has some interesting female characters, there is fair amount of objectivization in the great tradition of noir novels that women readers might take offense to. Kerr's private detective Gunther is to World War II Berlin what Martin Cruz Smith's Inspector Arkady Renko is to post-Soviet Moscow -- broody antiheroes whose ethics and personal loyalties forever place them at odds with the me-first-morality of their respective environments. And the main character, although he doesn't agree, he doesn't hate the nazis, he thinks they are stupid, but not all of them and not completely.But on a seemingly straightforward stakeout, Bruno is killed, and Bernie suddenly finds himself tapped for a much bigger job.

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