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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,207 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Kerr Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bernie Gunther Novels Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781456122768
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Philip Kerr’s intricate novels featuring former Berlin homicide detective Bernie Gunther have earned a hallowed place in the hearts of mystery fans. It’s 1950, and Bernie has arrived in Argentina seeking asylum after being falsely identified as a Nazi war criminal. There he investigates the murder of a wealthy banker’s daughter in a case reminiscent of one he worked in Germany eighteen years before.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/12/2014

    " I just love the Bernie Gunther series by Philip Kerr. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 2/11/2014

    " Good book. A flawed protagonist who's decent enough to root for. A seductive love interest. Plenty of plot twiats and things to think about. I thought the celebrity angle was a bit over-played. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tenli | 2/9/2014

    " Another compulsive read in this series. Very noir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 2/7/2014

    " Plenty of good stuff on the O.D.E.S.S.A., the vast and efficient "rat line" set up by and for NAZI SS members. Really piqued my interest in how many thousands of sociopaths escaped the grip of justice at the end of WWII. Boggles the mind. Even though Kerr writes fiction, he prides himself on meticulous research, and he seems to have a commanding feel for Germany/Europe in the mid-20th century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/29/2014

    " Best so far by Kerr. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/25/2014

    " Engaging book of intrigue with historical fiction that takes place post world war2 when Jews and Nazis immigrated to Perons Argentina. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Marr | 1/19/2014

    " The Bernie Gunther books just keep getting better. This time out, Bernie cavorts with all his old wartime comrades now relocated to Argentina. Evita indeed--poor Bernie is to busy sticking his nose into the worng placed he doesn't even have time to learn the tango! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tess | 12/25/2013

    " Enjoyable and much better than "The One from the Other", the fourth in the series. This one still lacks the wonderful noir voice and tone of the Berlin Noir trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxane | 12/21/2013

    " An outstanding novel of Argentina and Directive 11 - a 'what if' there was also a Directive 12. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 12/9/2013

    " The entire series is great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 12/1/2013

    " Switch of venue for Bernie. First thriller I've read about ARgentina after WW II. I love Kerr's writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Acland | 12/1/2013

    " I liked the way that this book was simultaneously set in two places and across two different periods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 11/30/2013

    " Bernie Gunther in Argentina. Lots of ex-Nazis and treasure of a sort. Fine series, one of the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 8/29/2013

    " My favorite of the Gunther series so far. Though not quite factual, Kerr imagines how another fascist country could deal with accepting some of the worst immigrants ever. When a country accepts a bunch of war criminals into their midst, bad things are bound to happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen Aylward | 2/21/2013

    " not as satisfying to me as the earlier books set in berlin "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/2/2013

    " Wonderful-it's like being in a time warp and reading this bookconveys to the modern reader more understanding of a misunderstood time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andre | 12/20/2012

    " A new Bernie Gunther novel, in Argentina, dealing with the emigrant nazies and the Peron government. Very enjoyable as usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 11/28/2012

    " This is a good series about a non-Nazi private eye in Germany before, during and after WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernard | 11/11/2012

    " Double plot 1932 in Germany and 1950 in Argentina. Very good read and interesting plot, interesting historical context on both pre-nazi germany and Peron times in Argentina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 10/17/2012

    " This one was not as good as the first three books, but I certainly liked it better than number four. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darrell Reimer | 9/6/2012

    " Although not as well-conceived, or nearly as devastating in effect, as Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy, this recent addition to the Bernie Gunther library is easy to consume. It fits the bill as a "summer read" with some genuine grit to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Reaves | 7/26/2012

    " What did all those Nazis get up to in Peron's Argentina after the war, anyway? Kerr tells us in this installment in the Bernie Gunther saga. I once had an argument with a friend who denied that Peron was a fascist; I think Kerr would side with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Tomashot | 6/28/2012

    " Loved Kerr's Berlin Noir Trilogy. This sequel moves post-war to 1950 Argentina, incorporating Peron and the migration of Nazi's to South America. Already blown away 50 pages into it... "

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About the Author
Author Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr is a British writer and bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, along with other fiction series, stand-alone novels, a fantasy series, and nonfiction works. In 1993, he was named in Granta’s list of Best Young British Novelists. In 2009, If the Dead Rise Not won the world’s most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing worth €125,000. The book also won the 2009 British Crime Writers’ Association’s Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award. Field Gray, the seventh in the series, was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel. And in 2015 The Lady from Zagreb made the New York Times bestsellers list.

About the Narrator

Paul Hecht’s long career in audio books spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits.