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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (731 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Kerr Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here's a supremely disturbing thriller set in the ruins of the Third Reich by an internationally acclaimed master of historical suspense.

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 Gunther's in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer. Amid decaying imperial splendor, he traces concentric circles of depravity that lead him to a former head of the Gestapo.

Gripping, frightening, and pungently atmospheric, A German Requiem demonstrates Philip Kerr's power to take his listeners hostage.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 2/13/2014

    " The third of the series featuring Bernie Gunther. WWII has now been lost, and miraculously Bernie has survived -- miraculously because, having been co-opted into the SS, he was able to escape having to participate in that organization's crimes only by volunteering for combat. Now, a PI in Berlin once more, he's wondering if his wife is giving blowjobs to occupying Americans for money and gifts when he's hired by a Russian officer to try to produce the evidence that will save a convicted murderer in Vienna from the hangman's rope; the prisoner in question, the Russian's colleague in black market dealings, was also, years ago, one of Bernie's subordinates in the Kripo, so Bernie is perfectly aware of how murderous the man is. Off to Vienna Bernie goes, wondering if he'll have a marriage to come home to (this doesn't stop him from boffing any volunteers he encounters, of course), and soon he finds himself in the midst of a sea of grubby international politics as rival occupation forces jostle for ascendancy; part of the mix comprises those German war criminals who're trying to ensure they not just escape retribution but actually establish themselves in good positions in whatever new order will emerge from this chaotic melting pot. I found this novel far more engaging than its three predecessors, with characters that were better drawn and a satisfactorily twisty plot -- this latter marred, perhaps, by a couple of marginally implausible coincidences. Even so, I may track down later titles in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maryellen | 2/11/2014

    " Bernie Gunther is sent to Austria to solve the mystery of the murder of an American soldier in postwar Vienna. The Russians are thrown in for good measure. As usual the story is filled with moral ambiguity and fascinating twists and turns. Bernie is in his usual morally corrupt/heart of gold state and the writing is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Richard | 2/10/2014

    " Post WWII Vienna. References to penicillin and the Third Man. Werewolf Nazis and why they are having all their teeth pulled and smuggling documents into American intelligence offices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 2/5/2014

    " The war's over; now it's the Yanks and the Russkies. "

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