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Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German Requiem Paperback – January 1, 1994
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This volume captures his three Bernie Gunther novels, each a gem on its own. They are rich in the atomosphere of those strange, terrible years of Nazi Germany. These novels dare to set forth true police procedurals in the upside down world of a truly lawless society. Few of us can ever image how everyday life would be in a totalitarian society. These novels get the job done with a realistic, human hero. It is a pleasure to have a story unfold through the eyes of a rare, truly brave person with human frailities, not the more common super-hero that unfortunately litters most thrillers. It is thought-provoking to remember that many members of pre-war German society were ethical, moral people that felt outrage at a society with no rule of law. Further, we contemplate why there were not enough Bernie Gunther's left to opose and strive.
I hope that Phillip Kerr gives us another installment of this wonderful Bernie Gunther mini-series.
I was sorry to finish this trilogy. It is fantastic escapist literature. I have read a couple of the J. Robert Janes novels, although neither the plots, nor the characters compare favorably to Berlin Noir.
On the other hand, I thought the storytelling was very good, and the plot lines were solid. And Kerr, to his credit, is capable of coming up with phrases that stick with you instantly.
An enjoyable and worthwhile read, but Alan Furst is a much better example of the genre.
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Book certainly added to my diction. I had to look up many words that I've not seen before. GOOD READPublished 9 days ago by SVTRIDE
I enjoyed the descriptions and clever use of vocabulary. There is a lot of humor embedded in the tale. Read morePublished 12 days ago by David M.
Good historical background information. The author used an abundance of similes/metaphors. I wasn't sure whether he poked fun at the "noir" writing of other authors. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Waltraud Wieland
I found this years ago in a used bookstore and was quite interested. I'm a historian specializing in twentieth-century Germany, and I like mysteries, so Kerr's collection looked... Read morePublished 25 days ago by R. Kunath
I think that the Gunther books constitute a solid if unspectacular example of detective fiction featuring a cynical world weary protagonist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Very well written. Encyclopedic knowledge of the cities and the times. The main character is very well written.Published 1 month ago by Rolf E. Hansen
Some find the first three books of the Bernie Gunther saga a bit difficult due to the language and the views of some of the characters, including Bernie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jch