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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The Pale Criminal finds Bernie back on the force in 1938 on the edge of war when Berlin experiences the mad spree of a serial killer. Occasionally he will foreshadow some event, suggesting that if he had known then what he came to know later he might have acted or spoken differently – but even in those instances he doesn’t reveal too much to the reader, leaving that lovely uncertainty as motivation for turning the page again and again. On a recent trip to the library, I saw that they were having a donated book sale - five for a dollar.

That piece takes place in 1937, or in between the story lines of March Violets and The Pale Criminal. We first meet ex-policeman Bernie Gunther in 1936, in March Violets (a term of derision which original Nazis used to describe late converts.

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. I had read the first two books in the series, and was trying to separate my reviews, but I ended up putting a general review on the trilogy rather than critiquing each book separately as was my intent. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. Taken altogether, the novels span a period of nearly a quarter century, and in that time Bernie covers a lot of territory, both in terms of his location and in terms of his means of support.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. There are people feeling like that now, but since society doesn't accept it, they either hide it or they are being judged. I was in Germany in the late '80's, just before the wall came down, and there were still echoes of that early post-war era to be found. March Violets", the first book in the set is set in Berlin in 1936 a dangerous place that's coming under increasing Nazi control when Bernard Gunther, a cynical, damaged, well-intentioned, wise-cracking, ex-Berlin-Kripo-cop-turned-private-detective and Marlowe-esque anti-hero hero, is engaged by a wealthy industrialist to investigate the murder of his daughter and SS officer son-in-law in an apparent burglary.The Bernie Gunther novels are first-class, as stylish as Chandler and as emotionally resonant as the best of Ross Macdonald. One of Bernie’s traveling companions on this trip was the notorious Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann.

I had fallen into Philip Kerr by way of his Wittgenstein-inspired bit of serial killer detective sci fi, A Philosophical Investigation.

My perusal of Web sites did give me a heads up that I can expect to see another Bernie Gunther installment in a year or so: Field Grey is coming out in the UK in July 2010. 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 even after the war, amidst the decayed, imperial splendour of Vienna, Bernie uncovered a legacy that made the wartime atrocities look lily-white in comparison .



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