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Prague Fatale (Bernard Gunther #8)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,092 ratings  ·  287 reviews
Philip Kerr's sequence of historical thrillers featuring private detective Bernie Gunther forms a body of work comparable to the great series of the two masters of the genre, Len Deighton and John le Carre. The Berlin Noir Trilogy quickly established Kerr and Gunther as the perfect combination of writer, character, setting and genre. These gritty, noir thrillers, narrated ...more
Paperback, 439 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Quercus
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Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
I've been reading my way through all of Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels. What an astonishing writer - the subject is Nazi Germany and the perspective is from a jaded, Berlin police detective who is decidedly not a Nazi and yet is forced to work with the worst of the worst, and, yes, he eventually, unwillingly goes into the SS. Vivid details of a nightmarish Germany both pre-WWII and afterwards. Details moral collapse and ordinary people's responses - both good and hideous. I don't think anyone else ...more
Monica
Another outstanding glimpse into the dark days of Nazi Germany with that knight in tarnished armor, Bernie Gunther. And it's a locked room mystery with more than a nod to Agatha Christie. It starts with Bernie back from the Eastern Front, disgusted at what he saw of the war there, glad to be back in Berlin as a cop. Then Reinhard Heidrich, a man he loathes, summons him to what used to be Czechoslovakia to be a special investigator for him in a castle full of overdecorated Nazi generals. There ar ...more
Sterlingcindysu
Updated 12-20-13, this is in my 10 top reads for 2013. I've picked books that I remember instantly when I look through the list, either because the plot was great, the subject matter was different or the writing was excellent.



This was my first Bernie Gunther novel and Kerr is a strong writer. His details of the food, clothing, manners, clubs, etc of wartime Germany was amazing. Because of Gunther's travels and investigations, the research has to detail all the ranges from very poor to highest cl
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Eric_W
It’s 1941 and Bernie is back in Berlin from his work with the SD (Sicherheitsdienst), the intelligence arm of the SS (the Kripo, Kriminalpolizei, or German equivalent to CID, were under the SD.). Having been exposed there the the truly awful ethnic cleansing and retribution of the “special action” squads who were killing rather indiscriminately, he’s considering suicide. Always skeptical of Naziism, he’s dragged into an investigation of a railway worker who had been murdered and then left on the ...more
Nick Brett
Philip Kerr’s eighth Bernie Gunther thriller is set in Prague in 1941. Heydrich, now in charge over there, summons Bernie to give him security advice. On arrival Bernie is confronted with a ‘locked room’ murder and the suspects are all rather senior officers. Bernie has brought his new girlfriend with him but soon realises that Prague is a dangerous place for them both and all is not what it seems.....

Any Bernie Gunther book is a joy and this is no exception. Although the subject matter is far f
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L Fleisig
Phillip Kerr's latest Bernie Gunther novel, Prague Fatale, is a very much welcome addition to the Bernie Gunther series. For those new to the series, Bernie Gunther is a cop, a detective. But he isn't just any detective. He's a Berliner and he has been working the streets from the days of the Weimar Republic on through to the regime of Adolf Hitler. Like most `hard-boiled' detectives, Gunther likes to toe his own line and has a fierce independent streak. Of course independence is not a prized at ...more
Rob Kitchin
The four great strengths of Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series is the historicization within the Nazi regime, a strong noir voice, the lead character - a self-loathing, cynical, cantankerous cop with a moral core - and well constructed stories. Prague Fatale delivers on the first two of these in spades. Kerr drops us into Berlin and Prague in 1941, the politics, the power-games within the Nazi regime, the suffering, the resistance. He evokes a very strong sense of place and time. The prose and dialogu ...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr is a fic­tional book in the Bernie Gun­ther series. This is the eighth book in the series which brings up the ques­tion: just how many lives does Bernie Gun­ther has?

Bernie Gun­ther returns from the Easter Front to find that 1941 Berlin is not the city he left – and not for the bet­ter. Life is unpleas­ant in Berlin due to black­outs, Czech ter­ror­ists, RAF bomb­ings and food rationing.

When Bernie’s old boss Rein­hard Hey­drich of the Sicher­heits­di­enst (SD) order
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Abby
This is the eighth book featuring Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr's Berlin detective. The series has taken Bernie from the 1930's, as the Nazis are coming to power, to 1950, when he gets caught up in Cold War espionage, and now back to the war years. “Prague Fatale” is set in 1941 and Bernie has returned from the Eastern Front – where he has seen unspeakable horrors – to the Berlin Kriminalpolizei (“Kripo”), where he is investigating the murder of a Dutch railroad worker and contemplating suicide. W ...more
switterbug (Betsey)
In 1941, Berlin police detective Bernie Gunther flirts with suicide as a way out of his wretched life. He loathes Nazi Germany, but has orders to serve and protect the Reich, and feels like an imposter, a blur of who he was before the crimes that he was commanded to execute in Belorussia. Nazi newspapers trumpet their clarion call that “the Jews are our misfortune,” while Germany struggles to maintain their strength against the advancing Russian army.

Berlin is barely recognizable, with everythi
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Mark
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical whodunnits
Recommended to Mark by: Ed
Once again Bernie Gunther is called to do a job for his benefactor, or vitamine B as it is called by the Nazi's, General Heydrich or is the man his nemesis? Anyhow he requires the services of a real policeman and not some Party policeman, and Bernie is indeed the real deal.
While the story for Bernie starts in Berlin pretty soon his services are required in Prague, still one of Europes most beautifull cities (perhaps even in the world!) and it is there that he must solve the murder of one of the
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Lysergius
Philip Kerr does it again. Bernie Gunther is back in Berlin from the Ukraine. It is not long before he is summoned to Prague by his old nemesis Reinhard Heydrich who has a proposition to put to him...
Chip
Disappointing for a Bernie Gunther novel. All the others I've read to date have, and succeed on, multiple levels. This one, however, just didn't seem to do so or, frankly, do much for me. I struggled a bit to track, and distinguish, many of the characters, and found the plot convoluted and less than intriguing. Kinda wonder if the commercial success of this series has driven Kerr to go back to the well too often, publishing books even when he doesn't really have a worthwhile story to tell - or a ...more
Nikoleta
Το τελευταίο μυθιστόρημα του Phillip Kerr στη σειρά βιβλίων του Μπέρνι Γκούντερ , Μοιραία Πράγα , είναι μια ευπρόσδεκτη προσθήκη στη σειρά.

Για τους νέους στη σειρά, ο Μπέρνι Γκούντερ είναι ένας αστυνομικός, ένας ντετέκτιβ. Αλλά δεν είναι ένας οποιοδήποτε ντετέκτιβ. Είναι ένας μέλος του εγκληματολογικού και έχει εργαστεί στους δρόμους από τις ημέρες της Δημοκρατίας της Βαϊμάρης και μέσα στο καθεστώς του Αδόλφου Χίτλερ. Όπως και οι περισσότεροι σκληροτράχηλοι ντετέκτιβ, έτσι και στο Γκούντερ αρέσε
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Nick
I've devoured all of the Bernie Gunther novels, wonderful mash-ups of police procedurals and WWII historical espionage starring a horny & ornery Weimer liberal who somehow manages to stay alive during the rise of Nazism and its aftermath throughout Europe and Latin America. So naturally I snapped up the latest with eager anticipation -- where would Bernie go next? Interestingly, he went back to 1941 -- an unusual non-chronological story within this decades-long story world -- and a chance to ...more
Sarah
After a little too much Polish war history and Ukrainian feminism I picked something light - ha - for the train and it was this... which begins with the funeral of Reinhard Heydrich (one of the chief architects of the holocaust) and then backs up to wind a story around it. I just can't get away from him/it/the horror.

This is clipping along but I'm not too impressed. The hero is a 007 type, hard-boiled but good-hearted, putting up with being in the SD as he doesn't have any choice and can do litt
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Alla
“Prague Fatale” by Phillip Kerr follows Berlin detective Bernie Gunther as he is assigned to protect Reinhard Heydrich, the Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. It is World War 2, 1941 and Germany is still doing rather well in the war, though cracks are beginning to show.
But Gunther has his own problems to worry about. Back in Berlin, a foreign worker has been run over by a train, only Gunther sees that he was actually murdered. Shortly afterwards, he meets Arianne, a bar girl who got in trouble
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Jim
This is the third Bernie Gunther I've read and #8 in the series. The other two I've read ["If the Dead Rise Not" & "Field Gray"] are more involved as they each take place in two different periods of Bernie's life. "Prague Fatale" covers a period from autumn of 1941 through mid-1942. Bernie has returned from Belorussia where he spent the summer of 1941 on the Russian front and what he has seen there has made him more disgusted with himself and his fellow Germans than ever [see "Field Gray"]. ...more
Jessica
Mar 20, 2012 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes fans, or fans of historical fiction set in World War II
Recommended to Jessica by: I received it in a Goodreads giveaway.
I want to begin by thanking the publisher, Marian Wood Books (G.P. Putnam's Sons), from whom I received a free copy of the uncorrected proof via a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Since mysteries are not my typical modus operandi, I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up this novel. From the back cover, I deduced (in true detective fashion), that there had been seven previous Bernie Gunther novels. This either meant that I was in for a very compelling story, or a chain of pulp mystery n
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Scottnshana
Big big fan of the Bernie Gunther books--let me say that up-front. There is something about a smart-ass German police detective and his cynical observations from within his brutal system that evokes the best crime fiction of Martin Cruz-Smith and James Ellroy. This may be the best of the series, though. With a twist on an Agatha Christie classic, Mr. Kerr has written a well-researched, humorous (the autopsy scene is a gem), and entertaining snapshot of the people surrounding Reinhard Heidrich in ...more
Maris
Lucky find.

Every book is better when it has some personal story about it, and this one definitely does.
I was taking part in a youth exchange project in Romania, and had to go through 2 airports to get home, the last one was in Belgium, and as I had to spend there 14h - I thought that there is no better way of spending time than reading some good book (back then didn't know how close to a description of a "good book" I was). But the moment I walked into the book-store a revelation struck me - 99
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Donald Luther
This was the fourth of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels that I've read. All are very good and well worth taking the time to make your way through this sinister world of the 1930s-1950s. For the uninitiated, Bernie is a Police Commissar in Berlin during and after the Nazi era, who finds himself investigating homicides against the background of, for example, the Berlin Olympics, the search for Adolph Eichmann or, in this case, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich.

If you like noir-type novels,
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Tony
If you've read any of the seven previous books in the Bernie Gunther series, you'll know that Gunther had some personal history with SS Reichsprotector Heydrich -- the architect of the "Final Solution" and regarded by many as the evilest of the many evil men who were responsible for the Holocaust. And if you know a bit about World War II, you'll know that Heydrich was killed in 1942 by Czech and Slovak soldiers trained by the British. This eighth installment in the Gunther series opens at Heydri ...more
Ken
Outstanding noir mystery set in Nazi occupied Europe. The novel is unusual for a"hardboiled" noir piece due to the nod the author gives to Agatha Christy and a murder in a locked room. All of Kerr's novels in this series have a strong historical base and a compelling protagonist who is not a Nazi. Gunther is a character with depth that does not like authority.
Ashland Mystery Oregon
Bernie Gunther, wily and clever to straddle the Nazi superstructure and not only survive, but prosper. You might think amoral, but no, it's gutter survival skills that you observe. He walks among evil, but is not, though Gunther feels he is without soul, without grace.

Prague Fatale is set in 1942, and Gunther is back in Berlin after investigating at the Eastern Front. He meets Arianne Tauber, and becomes blinded,in thrall to this beautiful woman. Gunther's public infatuation leaves him vulnerabl
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Perrin Pring
Prague Fatale is the first Bernie Gunther novel I've read. I liked it, and I'll just tell you my favorite part now. Bernie Gunther is the protagonist of the story, you could even say he is the hero of the story, but he isn't actually that good of a guy. Let me back up.

Bernie Gunther is a member of the German SS during World War II. While Gunther is not a Nazi party member, he isn't exactly innocent either, having, at the start of the book, just recently returned from the front, where he witnesse
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Mark
Back from the East, 1941, Bernie is having a tough time investigating two related murders, including a grizzly beheading under a train station. Under threat of air raids Berlin has total blackouts in the evenings, and criminals are taking advantage of it. The only solace is a new love in Bernie's life. Just as he's picking at the loose ends of the case he gets summoned to Prague by none other than Heydrich himself. Heydrich, the new political leader of what was Czechoslovakia tells Bernie that s ...more
Craig
It's a rare treat to discover a new author and character of this standard. The basic idea is a Philip Marlowe style detective but in Nazi Germany rather than California. Naturally he has to work for the state, a private dick in Hitler's Germany would have been stretching it a bit. The writing is worthy a Chandler or Hammett and it's hard to think of a better environment for their kind of cynicism.

Bernie Gunther is senior detective somehow surviving and pursuing his inexorable love of justice am
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Πάνος Τουρλής
Όσοι διαβάσατε την Τριλογία του Βερολίνου και δε χορτάσατε ατμόσφαιρα Β΄ Παγκοσμίου πολέμου, θηριωδίες Ναζί, αγωνία και ανατροπές, ο Μπέρνι Γκούντερ ξανάρχεται κοντά μας ενώ ετοιμάζεται να μεταφραστεί κι άλλο βιβλίο τη φετινή άνοιξη!

Γυρνάμε πίσω στο 1942. Ο Γκούντερ έχει μόλις επιστρέψει από το Ανατολικό Μέτωπο με τις χιλιάδες εκτελέσεις αθώων, οπότε θέλει χρόνο για να ηρεμήσει και να καταπραΰνει το αντιναζιστικό του μίσος. Ένα πτώμα στις γραμμές ενός τρένου και αργότερα η απόπειρα βιασμού μιας
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Dave
It's impossible not to compare this and the other recent Bernie Gunther books to the first three titles in the series (collected as the Berlin Noir trilogy). That trio of tight, crackling, creepy stories is hard to beat, and unfortunately Kerr has yet to recapture their sinister style. Not that there isn't plenty of evil in Prague Fatale, which features a who's-who of mass-murdering SS men and their underlings. But the murder mystery, modeled after an Agatha Christie all-suspects-in-the-weekend- ...more
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Kerr has published eleven novels under his full name and a children's series, Children of the Lamp, under the name P.B. Kerr.

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