- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: A Marian Wood Book/Putnam; First Edition edition (September 7, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399152997
- ISBN-13: 978-0399152993
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 176 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. Set in 1949, Kerr's excellent fourth novel to feature Bernhard Gunther (after 1991's German Requiem) finds the erstwhile PI managing a failing hotel about a mile from the site of the Dachau concentration camp. After the death of his wife, Kirsten, in a mental hospital, he calls it quits and opens a private detective agency. A series of missing-Nazi cases sets Bernie on a course that becomes increasingly complicated until he's beaten to a near pulp, had his little finger chopped off and is sent to a mysterious private estate to recover. There he's drawn into a nightmare involving the American occupation and the CIA, and soon his life hangs in the balance. Kerr's stylish noir writing makes every page a joy to read ("The little mouth tightened into a smile that was all lips and no teeth, like a newly stitched scar"). Perfectly plotted, the book builds to a satisfying conclusion. (Sept.)
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After a 15-year hiatus during which he's taken readers from the Himalayan snows to Enlightenment England, Kerr returns to the war-torn Germany of his Berlin Noir trilogy with a fourth case for sardonic detective Bernhard Gunther. It is 1949, and fed up with trying to run a hotel next door to Dachau, Gunther hangs out his shingle and in walks a tall blond with marriage on her mind and a missing husband on her conscience. Gunther sets out to track down the renowned sadist, one of many SS spiders able to slip through the Allies' dragnet and find refuge in the Americas. Of course, nothing is quite as it seems, and our knight's detached weltschmerz gets a fresh coat of tarnish. As with his earlier Gunther books, Kerr follows Raymond Chandler's playbook closely, adapting his trademark metaphors with all the subtlety of a goose-step and the restraint of Hermann Goring at a knackwurst-eating contest, to say nothing of the relish. Still, the knockabout action should please most fans of classic hard-boiled mystery and historical espionage. David Wright
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The story is cunning - there are no red herrings, the plot relatively straight-forward, the clues obvious for those paying close attention. Sadly for Gunther, he does not and is beat up, mutilated and framed as a result. How he gets out of the situation makes for great reading. As with the previous books in the series, Kerr shows the complexities of Germany in the 40s, not only in terms of de-Nazification, but also the grey areas that the emerging Cold War created. Gunther reflects, "A lot of people - most -people, including Kirsten - had refused to believe any of the evidence presented at the (Nueremberg) trial. Kirsten had said that the photographs and documents presented ... had been faked in a grand sham to humiliate Germany even more. I myslef had found it all hard to comprehend - that we, perhaps the most civilized nation on earth - could have done such appalling things. ... Hard to comprehend, yes. BUt not so hard to believe ..."
Apparently for some the writing was cliched; I found it vintage noir, and well in keeping with both the tenor and scope of the genre and time period. I was a bit frustrated that Gunther - a hard-boiled, clever and experienced detective - would be so gullible and clueless as the story unfolded. That it is necessecary to advance the plot I understand, but deduct a star for it nonetheless. _The One from the Other_ ends in a cliff-hanger of sorts, but I am such a fan of both the protragonist and the writing style of Kerr that I will be certain to follow the story line. A recommended series.
He is a tough guy but a deeply moral man in the same mould as the detectives in the pulp fiction of Dashiell Hammett,Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane but the author produces a much more sophisticated and elaborate Hero in a superior plot.
I can visualize the Hero ,Bernie Gunther,In a film played by H.Bogart,a solitary man in a sea of evil but fighting it and surviving.
The novel starts with a flash back in the late 30's in Palestine Cairo and Germany and most of the action takes place in Vienna and Bavaria in the late 40's
Bernie Gunther,caught in a web of conspiracy involving the nazis theCIA and Israeli revenge teams is chased as a war criminal in a complex and clever plot.He fights physical and moral adversity with his brains and his street smarts in a very realistically described era and characters of the times
I consider that the author knows profoundly and in detail the history of the times and the places that the novel runs.He writes in excellent clipped prose,his characters are very well crafted and real and Bernie Gunther has become a prototype for this type of literature
It is a very atmospheric book, a pleasure to read, particularly for the intellectual reader who will discover deeper meaning further to the thrills and the literary merit.