Have to read the rest of these; Bernie has more adventures on the Russian front and in South America. They were published 26 years ago and there are now 11 books in the series.
The plots are complex, twisted and demand something of the reader but I like that. The violence feels gratuitous, but then I get the impression these were gratuitously violent days. So it doesn't ring hollow. Kerr wants to spice it up with sexual dalliances, the descriptions of which sometimes border on the silly but these are early books.
But the great attraction is reading stories as if from the Other Side. The hero is German, almost a Nazi, speaks Russian better than English at least in these earlier stories , and looks out at the world with the sensibility of a wounded Berliner. If there is victory here, it is of the human spirit. The Pale Criminal.
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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.
Top Five Books of Best Crime Fiction Read These Too No current Talk conversations about this book. Now published in one paperback volume, these three mysteries are exciting and insightful looks at life inside Nazi Germany -- richer and more readable than most histories of the period. Bernie Gunther is a s Berlin cop, then a house detective for a major Berlin hotel, then a private investigator, then a cop again, then in the SS, then a private investigator again.
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Philip Kerr came back to Bernie Gunther in The novels were not published in chronological order, more about that at the end. Some of those books offer stories in the past, but there are framing scenes in the s.
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