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A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther Series #3)
     

A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther Series #3)

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by Philip Kerr
 

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The disturbing climax to the Berlin Noir trilogy

Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels have won him an international reputation as a master of historical suspense. In A German Requiem, the private eye has survived the collapse of the Third Reich to find himself in Vienna. Amid decaying imperial splendor, he traces concentric circles of evil and

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The disturbing climax to the Berlin Noir trilogy

Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels have won him an international reputation as a master of historical suspense. In A German Requiem, the private eye has survived the collapse of the Third Reich to find himself in Vienna. Amid decaying imperial splendor, he traces concentric circles of evil and uncovers a legacy that makes the wartime atrocities seem lily-white in comparison.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the wreckage of postwar Berlin, PI Bernie Gunther--in his third appearance--accepts coal for payment and reluctantly takes on a case for Russian Col. Palkovich Poroshin, one of the despised ``Ivans.'' Asked to prove black marketeer Emil Becker innocent of the death of U.S. Counterintelligence Corps Capt. Edward Linden, Gunther leaves Berlin (and his unfaithful wife) for Vienna, where the incarcerated Becker insists he had been set up while delivering SS files to Linden at the behest of a stranger named Konig. Gunther's search for Konig attracts the attention of the CIC's John Belinksky, who also believes Becker was framed. After saving Gunther from some drunken Russians, Belinsky asks Gunther to infiltrate the ranks of a super-secret group of ex-Nazis whose leader may be former Gestapo head Heinrich Muller. Obviously, the Nazi-hunting CIC wants Muller badly, but Belinsky drops a bombshell that brings into question his own role in the investigation. Unleashing a series of stunning revelations, Kerr ( The Pale Criminal ) discloses the reasons for the Russians' interest in Linden and for the many deaths involved in Gunther's case. Rooted in historical details, driven by a powerful narrative, this atmospheric novel traces a frightening course amid a multiplicity of ironies. (Oct.)
Library Journal
This is Kerr's third Bernie Gunther mystery in as many years. As in the others, Gunther must solve his case against a backdrop of war-ravaged Germany. Kerr's plot is formulaic, but his main character--with his SS background and rabid hate for the Soviet occupying forces--rises above stereotypical detectives. Kerr adds to his character with a light touch of subtle, wry humor; yet he relies on contrivances to piece together the puzzle. Still, Kerr has a good premise for a detective series and a lot of promise as a writer. Despite its faults, Requiem is worth a read. Bernie Gunther might be the next Doc Adams.-- Martin J. Hudacs, Solanco H.S., Quarryville, Pa.
Kirkus Reviews
Bernhard Gunther, who's aged over ten years since his first appearance in 1936 Berlin—he's now lived through a hellish war and has settled down warily with a wife who's cuckolding him with one of the occupying Americans—is cast as a less witty but equally mordant detective in this postwar tale of murder and political intrigue. Persuaded by a Russian officer to try to clear his unscrupulous old comrade Emil Becker of the murder of an American officer in Vienna, Bernie follows a trail from Becker to resurrected Gestapo chief Heinrich Mller—all the while sinking into a Graham Greeneish landscape of casually willing women, men willing to sell anything to survive and exonerate themselves, and occupation forces, both Soviet and American, who alternate between hunting down Nazis and recruiting them into their own intelligence forces. As in March Violets and The Pale Criminal, Bernie's widening investigations steadily deepen the sense of political evil—except that now, unsettlingly, the Nazis have no monopoly on institutional terror. Though not as elaborately horrifying as Bernie's first two adventures, this one, lacking the Reich as automatic villain, is even bleaker—and, in its depressing way, even richer in ironic insight.

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A brilliantly innovative thriller-writer. (Salman Rushdie)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101640166
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/29/2006
Series:
Bernie Gunther Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
137,838
File size:
496 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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A brilliantly innovative thriller-writer. (Salman Rushdie)

Meet the Author

Philip Kerr is the author of many novels, but perhaps most important are the five featuring Bernie Gunther—A Quiet Flame, The One from the Other, and the Berlin Noir trilogy (March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem). He lives in London and Cornwall, England, with his family.

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A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther Series #3) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first two books of the Berlin Noir trilogy. I love the Nazi Germany background and Bernie Gunther. (Harry Bosch in war time Germany) But I was dissapointed in this, the third story in the series. The post war setting was terrific - but I didn't understand what happened at the end. I even read it twice and still didn't get it. But I will be reading #4 as I like Bernie and the setting.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Now I have read all of the Bernie Gunther novels. The first two were the weakest, so I think he only got better as went along. A German Requiem is very interesting, yet there are so many layers to the plot that I felt a bit exhausted when I finished it. My guess is that author Philip Kerr intended to end the series when he put the three volumes into one, but the character called out for more. I really enjoyed many of the novels, and especially the historic information given to set the stage. I thought it as a shame that the integrity that I thought Gunther had was not something he started with. The Pale Criminal will always be the black mark on the series.
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
another rollicking good read and insightful Bernhard Gunther novel. Our intrepid hero is in post-war Vienna for this one, even though this novel is inlcuded in the "Berlin Trilogy" series of his first three books. Found it interesting that the author skips from 1938 in the last novel to 1947-48 in this one, and note that the two book after this one continue on through 1954. Then in book 8, Prague Requiem, he returns to 1941-42, and his forthcoming book takes place in 1943. You don't need to read them in sequence, but I'm curious why the author skipped WWII in his original progression. ANyway...I found this to be another page turner, and the cloak and dagger of post-war Soviet, American and ex-Nazi/SS intelligence operations makes for interesting reading and historical settings. I found the character lacked some of the heavy sarcasm and wit of the first two novels, though it's still him. An easy recommend.