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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But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of the Nazi regime. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

Before the war the Nazis and after the war the United States and the Soviet Union act as deux ex machina in these stories in a satisfying ways, showing the ubiquity of their control of their societies, government as a criminal conspiracy. Set two years after "March Violets" in 1938 against a backdrop of the Munich Agreement and Kristallnacht Kerr deftly weaves fact and fiction as Gunther is engaged by a wealthy Frau to trace a blackmailer; but before you know it he's co-opted back into the Kriminalpolizei (Kripo), now part of Himmler's Reich Security Organisation, to investigate the serial sex-murders of Aryan teenage girls, killings with links to a conspiracy at the core of the SS [and of course in the best fictional style to the original throw-away blackmail story]. Since the late eighties, Philip Kerr had been redefining crime fiction with his justly-lauded Bernie Gunther sequence.

Part of the allure of these novels is that Bernie is such an interesting creation, a Chandleresque knight errant caught in insane historical surroundings. Kerr έχει κάνει πολύ βαθιά έρευνα στη περίοδο του Γερμανικού φασισμού και στη μετέπειτα καταστροφή της Γερμανίας - ο δε ήρωάς του Μπέρνι Γκούντερ μένει αξέχαστος στους αναγνώστες με το κυνισμό και την 'επικίνδυνη' ευελιξία του. 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. As you can tell from my description of the titles to date, one of the ongoing features of this series is the way Kerr shifts his attention around Bernie’s colorful biography!

The following quotes from the first book will either make you cringe or go running for your own copy. A few more tidbits about Bernie, gleaned from the series to date: he served in the First World War and was awarded an Iron Cross, second class. Let me explain: I’m not a devoted fan of the mystery genre though I’m thankful to GoodReads for introducing me to some worthy authors in that field that I would otherwise never have read. The Olympic Games are about to start; some of Bernie's Jewish friends are beginning to realize that they should have left while they could; and Gunther himself has been hired to look into two murders that reach high into the Nazi Party.Any proximity to her pouting, cherry-red Fokker Albatross of a mouth would have been worth losing a fingertip or a piece of my ear. Since then he has written and published ten universally lauded Bernie Gunther novels, and is currently working on his eleventh. A richly satisfying mystery, one that evokes the noir sensibilities of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald while breaking important new ground of its own. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. What Bernie discovers is far worse than a lone madman: an occult conspiracy at the very heart of the Nazi Party.

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