Berlin Noir

Berlin Noir

Book - 1993
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Now in one volume--the first three novels in Philip Kerr's New York Times bestselling historical mystery series starring hard-boiled detective Bernie Gunther...

"A Chandleresque knight errant caught in insane historical surroundings. Bernie walks down streets so mean that nobody can stay alive and remain truly clean."--John Powers, Fresh Air (NPR)

Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin. But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. And even after the war, amidst the decayed, imperial splendour of Vienna, Bernie uncovered a legacy that made the wartime atrocities look lily-white in comparison...

This collection includes:
MARCH VIOLETS
THE PALE CRIMINAL
A GERMAN REQUIEM
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, ©1993.
ISBN: 9780140231700
0140231706
9780241962350
Characteristics: 834 pages ;,20 cm.

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lerche
Jan 21, 2019

The Berlin Noir Trilogy is a fascinating read and extremely well researched. Once you get past the awkward sex scenes and the abundance of weird similes in his writing style, Philip Kerr and his protagonist Bernie Gunther grow on you. I am looking forward to reading the other 11 Bernie Gunther novels. Four stars for the first three.

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patch666
Aug 02, 2016

one of my favorite series of all time >> instant classic ~420. I read them all multiple times ~

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Eosos
Jan 25, 2016

MARCH VIOLETS
It really felt like the author was trying a little too much with the hard boiled detective talk. There is only so much tough talk, wise cracks and convoluted similes one story can hold and this one had too much, way too much. Not to mention one particularly terrible sex scene where the woman is compared to a contended dog.
Still, I rather liked the mystery and the characters and it's a good setting for this type of thriller/detective novel, so I'll try the next book in the series and see if it improves.
A PALE CRIMINAL
While this second book in the series had less of the noir and more of a story, it was not quite as good as the first. It was missing the charm of the first book, not to be mistaken with the lack of charm the main character portrays in either book, but the quirkiness of the story and the funny one liners are gone and the plethora of unlikable characters has been increased. All I think to the detriment of the book. So I think this is sayonara to this series.

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eajanzen
Apr 12, 2015

Fantastic mystery/crime novels. Just the right blend of grit, personality, and history.

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jylleininger
Jan 29, 2013

Very well-written. Helps to keep a list of characters as you go. Good companion to In The Garden of Beasts, which is non-fiction of the same era.

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