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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Kerr Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bernie Gunther Novels Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781415946336
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Bernie Gunther, the tough, fast-talking noirish detective who made his first appearance in March Violets, takes center stage in this twist-filled thriller that turns Philip Kerr’s German trilogy into a surprise-filled quartet. Fans have had to wait fifteen years for Bernie’s resurrection. They will not be disappointed.

Munich, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it’s a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing war criminals, and all the backstabbing intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war. It is also a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in their flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods. It’s work that fills Bernie with disgust–but it also fills his sorely depleted wallet. Then a woman seeks him out. Her husband has disappeared. She’s not looking to get him back–he’s a wanted man who ran one of the most vicious concentration camps in Poland. She just wants confirmation that he’s dead.

It’s a simple enough job. But in postwar Germany, nothing is simple–nothing is what it appears to be. Taking the case, Bernie takes on far more than he’d bargained for, and he soon finds himself on the run, facing enemies on every side. Because in a defeated and divided Germany, it’s hard to know friends from enemies, the one from the other.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/14/2014

    " A weaving of fact and fiction that pulls you in slowly - it's impressive that Kerr is able to sustain that feeling of sinking dread that typically comes in Nazi Germany noir even as his time frame shifts to the war's aftermath. Bernie's a terrific character and I love the setup for the next entry in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/14/2014

    " The same reviewer to recommend Christine Falls directed me to this book. Exactly what I was looking for in some Spring Break in Chicago reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trilby | 2/9/2014

    " This well-made thriller with a German narrator via a British author shows the machinations of war criminals and their fascist collaborators in postwar Germany. Kerr obviously knows his WWII history, as historical characters and places are intermingled with fictitious ones. For example, Eichmann appears in the novel, first before the war, then afterward. We learn about what happened during the war via the chases through Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Vienna. As a former member of the SS, the narrator both exploits and is exploited by his connections with the Nazi underground. It's a dark world, but the action is so intense and unrelenting, the darkness never reaches the density of many other noir thrillers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graeme Roberts | 1/29/2014

    " Bernie Gunther brims with well justified Weltschmerz. I learned so much from this excellent story and found it highly credible. I have always wanted to learn about the feelings of the German people before and after WWII and this is an astonishing view. I love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Baron Norris | 1/24/2014

    " Got Field Grey for Christmas and after reading it I started the series again. Looking forward to Prague Fatale. This is one of my favorites in the Bernie Gunther series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/17/2014

    " 3.5. Liked the pacing and wry humor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Spence | 12/31/2013

    " Picked this crime thriller up for free. Got to admit i'm intrigued by this detective. Gunther is as hard as nails, a ladies man of sorts & walks his own path. looking forward to reading the other books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Verena Schmekel | 11/30/2013

    " Good to read in one go. Like that it is not the usual war stereotype reasing, but often grey-shaded and Komissar Gunther morally difficult to judge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Gertsch | 11/23/2013

    " Ok. At times reads like a Google Maps page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keke | 10/18/2013

    " The plot is not as well crafted as his three previous books in Berlin Noir. Its way too obvious. None the less the atmosphere and writing are wonderful. Some pages are so good you just have to read them out loud to someone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Elliman | 5/5/2013

    " Gunther, Gunther. Why did I leave it so long? (Well, actually because Kerr turned to horrible Hollywood-style blockbusters). Many writers can only produce great work in in one genre. I'm glad that Kerr returned to the one he excels in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 4/30/2013

    " Not Chandler (as it claims on the blurb) but still pretty enjoyable and he slips the period details in without overwhelming the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/24/2013

    " Bernie is off to South America to look for Eichmann... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anton Roe | 1/3/2013

    " Flashes of brilliance mixed with some bizarre and pointless chapters. Great overall plot but could have been a little more exciting. First Kerr book I have read, enough here to try another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Stanley-Snow | 12/24/2012

    " My neck is killing me from all the twists & turns! Philip Kerr has done good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joni | 8/3/2011

    " P I Bernie Gunther, 1949, American occupation, hired to find a missing SS husband "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/2/2011

    " A real page-turner. Well-researched but in places overwritten, what we used to call ' a good yarn'. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 5/22/2011

    " I like Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series a lot. I want to love it but Kerr relies just a tad too much on coincidence for my liking. Still, this was another solid read in the series, a good mystery that incorporates historical events with a gripping narrative. Looking forward to reading the rest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 5/21/2011

    " Really imaginative with a great central character. I'll probably read them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/14/2011

    " Enough realistic description for a Walt Disney cartoon of de-Nazification in Germany, 1947. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 4/25/2011

    " It was ok. It started slow but picked up the pace. He's done better.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 2/28/2011

    " Wonderful writer. Quite disturbing to read about nazis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 12/20/2010

    " Once it got going, I got sucked into the plot. I wasn't crazy about the "wise-cracking" detective stereotype of the main character, however, so I'm not sure I would go back and read the first three books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CT | 11/19/2010

    " Set in post-war Germany, former cop turned P.I. Bernard Gunther is one tough, hard-boiled character. I loved the wise-guy dialogue and the historical atmosphere of Nazi Germany. While the plot meandered a bit, it all came together in the end. Philip Kerr can definitely write! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gargamelscat | 10/13/2010

    " Good story, same flaws as all the previous novels.

    Too Forrest Gump - really which top Nazi has Gunther NOT had an encounter with?!

    Still a compelling read in terms of plot and pace. And the Gunther character is likable.
    "

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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

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.