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The One from the Other by Philip Kerr

The One from the Other (2006)

by Philip Kerr

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Series: Bernie Gunther (book 4)

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I've read seven of this excellent series so far and really enjoyed them all. Oddly I thought I had read them in their written order, but this one, # 4, managed to evade me until now. Now I understand why # 5 takes place in Argentina. But it doesn't matter, partly because the written order and the chronological order are not the same and, mainly, because Kerr is such a good writer that he tells you what you need to know for each book, within the flow of each story, without wasting pages on the back story,
This story tells us a lot about Germany and Austria after WW2 and, as ever, Bernie Gunther is not totally in tune with the powers that be. It starts with Bernie running (or not) a hotel in Dachau, but not for long. Soon he is back as a private detective and that is where his troubles begin as again his principles get in the way of his self interest.
The plot flows seamlessly and speedily with ODESSA, the CIA and Haganah all adding to Bernie's problems. Kerr's attention to carefully researched background is compelling and never gets in the way of his excellent storytelling and there are lots of very clever pieces of wordplay to enjoy.
Yes, there is an slight resemblance to Phillip Marlowe, but in a reverential way as opposed to being too influential.
I have found Philip Kerr's other non-series books to be rather patchy in quality but I have no hesitation in recommending the Bernie Gunther series.
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  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
The One From The Other is the fourth novel in the Bernie Gunther series by author Philip Kerr. With the death of his second wife and a failing hotel on his hands Bernie returns to the only thing he knew how and was any good at: being a private detective. This time he sets up in Munich. After a couple of seemingly easy cases Bernie is beaten up and taken to a hospital. While there he is employed on the seemingly simple task of impersonating a friend (who he looks like) and collecting his inheritance as the person is in a wheelchair unable to travel. When he gets to Vienna he finds that the case is anything but simple when his previous clients start turning up dead and he is wanted for their murders.

This book is an excellent hard boiled detective novel. Read the full review here ( )
  thecrimescene | Sep 30, 2013 |
Complex plot. Great surprise ending.
  EctopicBrain | Dec 4, 2012 |
This is an amazing series of books. Bernie Guenther has been set up to take a fall for a German war criminal. He has been excellently framed, and even his little finger has been removed to make him resemble Eric Gruen, a physician wanted for infecting prisoners with malaria so that drugs may be developed for its cure. Among the victims are Gunther's wife. At the end of rhe book Gunther is aon a boat bound for Argentina in the company of Riccardo Klement, aka, Adolph Eichmann, ( )
  velopunk | May 29, 2012 |
This is a welcome return to readers, for Bernie Gunther, after a 15 year absence. The first two novels featuring him were set in Nazi Germany, the third in postwar Berlin. In this one, most of the action again takes place in Germany, but in 1949. Bernie is somewhat slower, but returns to his old profession as a private detective. With crackling dialogue, Kerr paints a vivid picture of the time, with an atmosphere of suspicion and menace. Starting on a seemingly straightforward investigation, Bernie is entangled in a plot to see him convicted or killed as a Nazi wanted for war crimes. The story maintains the high standard of the first three novels
  camharlow | Jan 30, 2012 |
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God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
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4. bind i Berlin Noir serien. her er vi lige efter 2. verdenskrig. Læs endelig hele serien - spændende bøger, godt tidsbillede.
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Philip Kerr 's Berlin Noir trilogy- featuring the tough, fast-talking detective Bernie Gunther-is a publishing phenomenon that continues to win new fans more than fifteen years after its initial publication. Kerr has brought Bernie back in this highly anticipated thriller that will delight fans of the original books and attract new attention to the backlist. It is 1949 and-after being forced to serve in the SS in the killing fields of Ukraine-Bernie has moved to Munich to reestablish himself as a private investigator. When the beautiful Frau Britta Warzok hires him for an apparently simple job, Bernie's suspicions flare, but the money is too good to turn down. Soon, Bernie is on the run, because in postwar Germany, it's hard to know friends from enemies, the one from the other.

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"Munich, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing war crimianls, 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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