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March Violets Paperback – Bargain Price, July 27, 2004
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He has picked-up the nuance of how people delude themselves into believing what they are told, no matter how implausible.
Right from the start you know that Gunther is as cynical as you can be, without being arrested by the Gestapo (which he is at a later point of the book). The way he weaves the disillusionment of the average German, while at the same time showing how they just acquiest to what was going on. Unlike most books about Germany at this time, he presents the Nazi's as people not cardboard cutouts. He does, though, show them in all their sadism and brutality. But it is a brutality that has become humdrum and expected. No one is surprised by what is going on. Everyone is just hoping it doesn't happen to them.
Especially appealing is Gunther's gumshoe comments and asides as to what is going on. At one point he gets out of his car and gives the "Hitler salute" when the party standard is paraded by. His comment, "it's not worth taking a beating for not saluting". He tells of a circulating joke, that next to Jews, Hitler hates homosexuals and cripples the most. The punch line is that everyone but Hitler knows that his Minister of Propaganda, Joseph "Joey" Goebbels has a club foot.
You can just imagine Robert Mitchum or Humphrey Bogart playing this "fleabite" PI. He drinks, he smokes, and he's like a junkyard dog when it comes to doing his job.Read more ›
As with any noir-novel, things quickly spiral well beyond the initial investigation, as Gunther crosses paths with the Gestapo (who also have an interest in the case), Berlin's organized crime rings and more than one femme-fatale. Added to this gritty mix are several plot-twists and red-herrings worthy of the masters of noir genre. The resolution of the mystery - or mysteries as it turns out - was so complex and convoluted, fraught with dead-ends and suprises that I was hopless in resolving it myself, in the end simply turning myself over to Kerr's writing allowing him to take me where he would as the pieces eventually came together. As a fan of the genre, I can't ask more of a writer.
It was with tremendous pleasure then, that Kerr writes Berlin (a city that is dear to my heart) so well. The detailed references to landmarks, stations, and locales (both extant and long-gone) made me a little homesick for the city.Read more ›
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Great read. It really paints a picture of what Germany was like before the war and that not everybody was a Nazi.Published 2 months ago by William J Jeademann
The historical perspective for pre-WWII was very interesting. Very enjoyable read.Published 3 months ago by Phil
Dashiel Hammet for our generation. Great history combined with hard boiled fiction. As a former history major who has lived in Germany for almost 10 years, this is revelatory.Published 3 months ago by Seingalt