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Berlin Noir: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, 1-3)

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We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. He has won both the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing, and the CWA Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award. We first meet ex-policeman Bernie Gunther in 1936, in March Violets (a term of derision which original Nazis used to describe late converts. Bernie, 38, is working as a private investigator with offices on Alexanderplatz near the police station. The problem with the daughter is far worse than Bernie could have ever imagined – the kid is seeing the evil and now elderly Max Reles, in fact wants to marry him.

This is the kind of assignment that gives a man a reputation he can’t live down for the rest of his life! As head of Kripo, the Gestapo, and the SD (the Security Police), Reinhard Heydrich was Arthur’s immediate supervisor and a man who had distinguished himself by his ruthless suppression of all dissent during the 1936 Summer Olympics. But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.What Bernie discovers is far worse than a lone madman: an occult conspiracy at the very heart of the Nazi Party. But this series is full of humor, some of it quite ribald, much of it quite mordant, as you might expect, given that Bernie lives through some pretty ugly times.

Kerr έχει κάνει πολύ βαθιά έρευνα στη περίοδο του Γερμανικού φασισμού και στη μετέπειτα καταστροφή της Γερμανίας - ο δε ήρωάς του Μπέρνι Γκούντερ μένει αξέχαστος στους αναγνώστες με το κυνισμό και την 'επικίνδυνη' ευελιξία του. Communism is the new enemy, and with the Nuremberg trials over, some strange alliances are being forged against the Red Menace - alignments that make many wartime atrocities look lily-white by comparison. In The Pale Criminal, it's 1938, and Gunther has been blackmailed into rejoining the police by Heydrich himself. I honestly can’t think of a single other detective, murder mystery, or suspense thriller series I’ve read – including those I’ve mentioned above – that I would ever consider as funny. Although the titles are not all on the same imprint (I have Berlin Noir and The One From the Other in trade paper, the other two in cloth), the series as a whole has a very consistent look in terms of title typeface, layout and cover design.The three cases he deals with are interesting and I liked him as a character (he is not so "destroyed" as main characters of crime novels usually are). I had fallen into Philip Kerr by way of his Wittgenstein-inspired bit of serial killer detective sci fi, A Philosophical Investigation. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

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