The Pale Criminal (Bernie Gunther Series #2)

The Pale Criminal (Bernie Gunther Series #2)

by Philip Kerr
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The Pale Criminal (Bernie Gunther Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
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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drh108 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Bernie is great and the story moved along in a very true to life setting. Good read.
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
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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