The Pale Criminal (Bernie Gunther Series #2)

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Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer," Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries that are nothing short of spellbinding. In this second book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he’d seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin—until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, ...

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Overview

Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer," Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries that are nothing short of spellbinding. In this second book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he’d seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin—until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.

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"...a superb tour of Berlin on the edge of an abyss and a cynical, dashing leading man. —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Echoes of Raymond Chandler but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master." —Evening Standard

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142004159
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Bernie Gunther Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 209,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Kerr

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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  • Posted June 28, 2012

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    The Bernie Gunther novels come out now with some regularity, but

    The Bernie Gunther novels come out now with some regularity, but it must have seemed back in the beginning that it could be a short-lived series. The first three have been combined into one book- The Berlin Noir trilogy. But, I wanted to read them separately, so I have ordered them from libraries. I like the current series, obviously so much that I wanted more, but what a shock to meet the original Bernie Gunther. He's not the man of integrity we know now, nor is he a particularly nice guy. In current novels, he is not anti-Semitic, but more willing to interfere with those who are. In The Pale Criminal, he is more ambivalent. And much more of a homophobe. Gays figure in most Gunther novels, or so I remember, and Bernie's approach to them seems more worldly and human than the Bernie of The Pale Criminal, where queers disgust him and he cannot stand to be near two men kissing. In fact, it repulses him. And finally, this Bernie is a cold-blooded murderer. So I can only assume that Philip Kerr has decided to bring his character along a bit as the series continued. As it is, I would never have read a second Gunther novel had this been my first.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    Stepping up

    I felt this book improved the series with intrigue that improved the drawing of characters. Fun read that leads nicely to the next book in the trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    great period piece

    I enjoyed this book. Bernie is great and the story moved along in a very true to life setting. Good read.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Enjoyable. Sarcastic, hardhitting, hard-nosed detective; quite t

    Enjoyable. Sarcastic, hardhitting, hard-nosed detective; quite the scoundrel, but with a hidden heart of gold. Found it even more interesting than March Violets. The depravity of the Nazis that he describes is quite interesting in fleshing out the paper images one normally has of the time period. The suggestion that Hitler's thought process was possibly the result of him having venereal diseases is a nice twist.

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