A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther Series #3)

A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther Series #3)

by Philip Kerr
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A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther Series #3) by Philip Kerr

Post-World War 2, Bernie Gunther investigates the murder of an American Nazi-hunter amongst the ruins of the Third Reich in this riveting thriller in Philip Kerr's bestselling historical mystery series.

Vienna, 1947. Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a policeman in 1930s Berlin and came to know it intimately as a private eye under the Nazis, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime. Now the war is over and Bernie is in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend and ex-Kripo colleague of the murder of an American officer. Amid decaying imperial splendor Bernie traces concentric circles of evil that lead him to a former head of the Gestapo and to a legacy that makes the atrocities of the war seem lily-white in comparison...

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ISBN-13: 9780142004029
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Series: Bernie Gunther Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 165,183
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Philip Kerr is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels, two of which—Field Gray and The Lady from Zagreb—were finalists for the Edgar® Award for Best Novel. Kerr has also won several Shamus Awards and the British Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Award for Historical Crime Fiction. As P. B. Kerr, he is the author of the much-loved young adult fantasy series Children of the Lamp.

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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.