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Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German Requiem (original 1993; edition 1994)

by Philip Kerr (Author)

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Title:Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German Requiem
Authors:Philip Kerr (Author)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (1994), 834 pages
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Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German Requiem by Philip Kerr (1993)

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Having recently read and enjoyed Kerr's 2016 "The Other Side of Silence" which stars his detective protagonist, Bernie Günther, I decided to go back to the beginning of the series. Berlin Noir is an omnibus of the first three novels: "March Violets" and "The Pale Criminal" are set just before WW2, and "A German Requiem" just after. They were published 26 years ago and there are now 11 books in the series. The plots are complex, twisted and demand something of the reader (but I like that). The violence feels gratuitous, but then I get the impression these were gratuitously violent days. So it doesn't ring hollow. Kerr wants to spice it up with sexual dalliances, the descriptions of which sometimes border on the silly (but these are early books). But the great attraction is reading stories as if from the Other Side. The hero is German, almost a Nazi, speaks Russian better than English (at least in these earlier stories), and looks out at the world with the sensibility of a wounded Berliner. If there is victory here, it is of the human spirit. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Oct 18, 2016 |
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  supercoldd | Aug 27, 2015 |
Bevat: Een Berlijnse kwestie
Het handwerk van de beul
Een Duits requiem
  Marjoles | Apr 26, 2014 |
In the last of the trilogy, Berlin Noir, (Pale Criminal and March Violets) it’s 1948, Berlin is a mess, and Bernie is hired by a former colleague, Becker, to come to to discover who might really have killed a Captain Linden, an American counterintelligence officer. Becker is in jail awaiting trial for the murder, and the evidence against him appears overwhelmingly strong. Bernie soon finds himself enmeshed in a web of intrigue that pits a clandestine American intelligence operation against ex-Nazis calling themselves the “Org.” Many of these Nazis had ostensibly been killed during the war. They had apparently faked their deaths, assumed new identities, and let all the new records fall “accidentally” into Allied hands. Unfortunately, they had not been able to fake their dental records and when Linden stumbled across their trail and decided to blackmail them, the case became quite messy. Kerr is always good, and these riveting stories reek of authenticity. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Entertaining.Need to concentrate,Wonderful atmospheric Berlin 30s setting.Reads v convincingly.Amusing in that Heydrich,Goering,Himmler all pop up and are included as characters with roles to play.Can't work out whether this is supposed to be amusing but I find it so.Quite dark in parts but always a good read. 'Hero'reads very like a version of Philip Marlowe.Enjoyrd this ( )
  babybelle | Sep 11, 2013 |
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This is a compendium of three Bernie Gunther detective stories:- March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem
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Now published in one paperback volume, these three mysteries are exciting and insightful looks at life inside Nazi Germany -- richer and more readable than most histories of the period. We first meet ex-policeman Bernie Gunther in 1936, in March Violets (a term of derision which original Nazis used to describe late converts.) The Olympic Games are about to start; some of Bernie's Jewish friends are beginning to realize that they should have left while they could; and Gunther himself has been hired to look into two murders that reach high into the Nazi Party. In The Pale Criminal, it's 1938, and Gunther has been blackmailed into rejoining the police by Heydrich himself. And in A German Requiem, the saddest and most disturbing of the three books, it's 1947 as Gunther stumbles across a nightmare landscape that conceals even more death than he imagines. (For a review of Kerr's latest novel, The Grid, see our Thrillers section.)

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Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin. But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. And even after the war, amidst the decayed, imperial splendour of Vienna, Bernie uncovered a legacy that made the wartime atrocities look lily-white in comparison.… (more)

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