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Prague Fatale (Bernie Gunther #8)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  3,740 Ratings  ·  414 Reviews
September 1941: Reinhard Heydrich is hosting a gathering to celebrate his appointment as Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. He has chosen his guests with care. All are high-ranking Party members and each is a suspect in a crime as yet to be committed: the murder of Heydrich himself.

Indeed, a murder does occur, but the victim is a young adjutant on Heydrich’s staff, found d

Paperback, 439 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Quercus
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May 03, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Και ναι!!!! κατάφερα να τελειώσω το βιβλίο!!!!!!! Νομίζω ότι τον τελευταίο μήνα είμαι στη χειρότερη αναγνωστική μου κατάσταση.... so much working.....

Σε κάθε περίπτωση, το βιβλίο αξίζει 5 αστέρια, αλλά θα περιοριστώ στα 4, πρώτον για το ότι δεν μπόρεσα να εμβαθύνω και να το χαρώ λόγω της ανάγνωσης λίγων σελίδων κάθε μέρα, ενώ από την άλλη αν είχα διαβάσει πρώτα την Τριλογία του Βερολίνου θα γνώριζα καλύτερα τον πρωταγωνιστή και δεν θα προβληματιζόμουν για τις πράξεις του και θα είχα κατασταλάξε
Oct 27, 2014 Vaso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the first page of this book, I was hooked up and please mind that I was avoiding HF quite a lot lately, because I was not in the mood. Definitely Kerr has a magical pen and can keep readers in his story until the end. 2nd WW, is not my theme at all, but author has built a character so unconventional, that “rocks”.. I have also to give credit to the details mentioned in the book, regarding everyday life in Germany of the 1942 (that proves the extensive research author has done) . Conclusivel ...more
Sep 12, 2016 Xanthi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο του Kerr συνδυάζει αινιγματική δράση και πολιτικό παρασκήνιο, αναπλάθει την εποχή με γκρίζα χρώματα και αποτελεί μελέτη της ψυχοπαθολογίας του ναζισμού. Μας μεταφέρει με μεγάλη επιτυχία στη Πράγα, έχει γρήγορο ρυθμό και πολλές ιστορικές αναφορές.
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
Maria Bikaki
Oct 16, 2015 Maria Bikaki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Αν και λάτρης της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας ομολογώ ότι μέχρι τώρα δεν είχα την ευκαιρία να διαβάσω κάποιο βιβλίο του Κερ. Στην πραγματικότητα και για να μια απολύτως ειλικρινής αν δεν ήταν η αγαπημένη μου φίλη Χρύσα να μου προωθήσει το έργο του ενδεχομένως και να μην τον γνώριζα ποτέ παρόλη την τεράστια φήμη που από ότι φαίνεται ακολουθούν τα βιβλία του. Με την πρώτη ευκαιρία λοιπόν που μου δόθηκε αποφάσισα να εισχωρήσω και εγώ με τη σειρά μου στον λογοτεχνικό κόσμο του philipp Kerr. Εντάξει ομολ ...more
Jun 02, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recent-favorites
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
Nikoleta Katsiouli
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
Jul 12, 2016 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the 8th Bernie Gunther “historical adventure” – the series runs from the 1930’s through the 50’s. Bernie is a Berlin detective – whether in police uniform or not – and has been described elsewhere as the “only honest cop in Nazi Germany”. Regardless of “when” each of the books occurs – before, during or after WWII – Bernie – whether while inside or outside of the regime – is fighting his own one man war against the Nazis. There’s more than a little Philip Marlowe/Sam Spade to Gunther – j ...more
L Fleisig
Apr 25, 2012 L Fleisig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2013 Sterlingcindysu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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
Maria Altiki
Jul 22, 2015 Maria Altiki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα ακόμα εξαιρετικό βιβλίο από αυτά που συνηθίζει να μας δίνει ο κος Kerr! Λίγο διαφορετικό απο την τριλογία, εδώ αντί για δράση κ σασπένς έχουμε κατασκοπεία αλα John Le Carre και μυστήριο αλα Αγκάθα Κρίστι. Στην ιστορία μπλέκονται πολλά αληθινά πρόσωπα, πραγματικά ιστορικά γεγονότα και μια μελέτη της ψυχοπαθολογίας του ναζισμού! Η αλήθεια είναι ότι χρειάστηκε την απόλυτη προσοχή μου κ συχνές ματιές στο wikipedia, είναι όμως ένα βιβλίο που θα παραμείνει στο μυαλό μου για καιρό δημιουργόντας μου ...more
Dec 03, 2016 Nigeyb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After his adventures in Argentina, Cuba, USA, Vienna, Munich, Russia, & Paris we’re back in both place and time - Berlin in 1941 - where a disillusioned and suicidal Bernie is back at his old desk working Homicide in Kripo HQ after the horrors of the Eastern Front. Berlin in 1941 is a city of severe rationing, blackouts & RAF bombing raids, the S-Bahn murderer, Czech terrorists and widespread disillusionment.

Initially I was frustrated that this book does not move Bernie’s "present day"
May 07, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
πόσο μου άρεσε, πόσο το απόλαυσα, πόσο θαυμάζω τον Μπέρνι και πόσο ευχαριστώ τον Φίλιπ για το ταξίδι στην ιστορία που κάνω και στα γεγονότα που μαθαίνω, δεν νομίζω ότι μπορώ να το εκφράσω!

θέλω κι άλλα!
Zohar -
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) orders him to Prague
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
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
Rob Kitchin
May 06, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nick Brett
Oct 31, 2011 Nick Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  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
Dec 05, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent entry by Philip Kerr of his noir style series featuring Bernie Gunther , a Berlin police homicide detective during the time when Hitler was in power. The plots are engaging and incorporate real historical events and many of the real personages of the time. Bernie is an angst filled character who tries to retain a semblance of integrity and humanity as he is confronted with the very worst that the human species can offer. The characters are nicely drawn and the dialogue is rich ...more
There are now two 'Bernie' books under my belt. I think it is time to start from the beginning of this series. A few more questions are emerging about the main character that reading these out of sequence has probably only made more noticeable.

The pacing of these books is slower than I usually want in detective/mystery books. They make up for it with the different story line and setting.
Oct 27, 2011 Lysergius rated it really liked it
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...
Vasilis Kalandaridis
Ο Αύγουστος του 15 ειναι πλέον ο Αύγουστος του Bernie Gunther.Υπεροχο,καθηλωτικό σχεδόν βιβλιαράκι.Σύντομα το επόμενο.
Oct 14, 2012 Maris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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
Mal Warwick
Nov 04, 2016 Mal Warwick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find historical fiction grounded in fact irresistible. When a plot rests on events that really took place and characters who really lived, I’m prepared to give the author a little slack if the writing style is less than engaging.

A hard-boiled detective in Hitler’s Germany

Fortunately, I don’t have to make any such compromise when it comes to Philip Kerr’s series of novels featuring Berlin detective Bernie Gunther. I’ve just finished reading Prague Fatale, the eighth book in the series. I’m stil
Mar 14, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  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
Donald Luther
Apr 23, 2013 Donald Luther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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  • Silesian Station (John Russell, #2)
  • Rosa (Berlin Trilogy, #1)
  • Dark Voyage (Night Soldiers, #8)
  • Then We Take Berlin (Joe Wilderness, #1)
  • A Trace of Smoke (Hannah Vogel, #1)
  • The Man From Berlin (Gregor Reinhardt, #1)
  • The Sleepwalkers (Willi Kraus, #1)
Kerr has published eleven novels under his full name and a children's series, Children of the Lamp, under the name P.B. Kerr.

Librarian’s note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
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  • A Man Without Breath (Bernard Gunther, #9)
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