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If The Dead Rise Not (Bernard Gunther #6)

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Berlin 1934. The Nazis have been in power for just eighteen months but already Germany has seen some unpleasant changes. As the city prepares to host the 1936 Olympics, Jews are being expelled from all German sporting organisations - a blatant example of discrimination. Forced to resign as a homicide detective with Berlin's Criminal Police, Bernie is now house detective at ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Quercus (first published January 1st 2009)
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F.R.
Do Germans actually have pantomimes in the same way the British do?

Is the phrase “let sleeping dogs lie” one which exists in German as well as English?

Philip Kerr’s novel inadvertently raises these questions. It’s something which – I suppose – is always possible when an English author writes a first-person narration from the point of view of a character from a completely different cultural tradition (in this case an ex-cop in Nazi Germany). Firstly, our hero notes that he and his companion are a
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Nick
After six Bernie Gunther mysteries, I've moved him into the realm of detectives I know and love and would follow anywhere, guys like Donna Leon's Commisario Brunetti or Mankell's Wallender. Gunther is funnier (or rather Kerr's narration is funnier), even while dealing with serious issues like the backwash of Nazism over the 20th Century landscape, the moral ambiguity of survival, the impossibility of love across the decades, and the persistence of evil. This episode is both a prequel and a seque ...more
Chip
Good, but I preferred the first half over the second, and the ending was a bit lazy - Kerr is far too good to wrap things up with the standard two page exposition of whodunit as for some reason he did here. Still, well worth the read. Some classic Kerr Guenterisms: "[s]he went back to her hometown of Danzig, which was either a city in Poland or a free city in old Prussia, depending on how you looked at it. I preferred not to look at it, just like I preferred not to look at a lot of things in the ...more
Maria
Philip Kerr alia o policial à história e transporta-nos para a Alemanha de Hitler, em plena azáfama pela realização dos Jogos Olímpicos que serão realizados em 1936.

Na pele do protagonista, Bernie Gunther, vivenciamos o clima que antecede a Segunda Guerra Mundial, espelhando já nessa altura o ódio pelos judeus e por pessoas de “raça inferior”, ou seja, todas as raças que não sejam a ariana.

Gunther, também ele judeu em 4º ou 5º, despede-se como policia, por não se rever nas regras da polícia daqu
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William
It almost hurts to give a Philip Kerr novel three out of five stars, but given how much I have liked the other novels in the Bernie Gunther series, it was harder still to give this book a higher rating.
And it all boiled down to two major issues I had with this novel.
The book was divided into two parts. The first part takes place in 1934 in Berlin and finds Gunther dealing with American gangsters, a beautiful journalist, corrupt Nazis, oppressed Jews and washed up boxers. The story rattles along
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Stephen
It's easy to believe that the appeal of the Bernie Gunther series resides in its sincere imitation of Chandlerian noir. In the early novels, that was perhaps its only virtue, but Kerr proved in A German Requiem and The One From the Other that he was not only capable of assimilating other influences (notably Graham Greene) into his work, but also exploring the fascinating moral dilemmas of the Nazi and post-war worlds with great success.

At the end of the fourth novel, Kerr had Gunther flee Europe
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Darrell Reimer
Those of us who prefer our Galahads well-bloodied can't do much better than Philip Kerr's Nazi-era Berlin gumshoe, Bernie Gunther. I've read all the books, but the litany of torment is so extensive I've lost track of what happened when. Has Gunther survived the deaths of two wives, or only one? Certainly a veritable harem of girlfriends awaits him in Purgatory. Not that he's troubled by such a prospect. Surviving the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, including a short stay in Dachau and the sordid ...more
Jan
Heerlijk ont- spannend. 19-6-2014: herlezen. De eerste acht delen 2 x gelezen.De hele reeks is heel geschikt voor ontspanning én het krijgen van een goed (historisch) beeld van de jaren 1932 -1954. Duitsland tijdens de Republiek van Weimar, tijdens de Hitlerperiode en vlak na de oorlog. Verder: Wenen, Cuba, Argentinië, Koude Oorlog. Het allersterkst is Kerr naar mijn mening in twee opzichten. De cynische humor van de hoofdpersoon Bernie Gunther en daarmee samenhangend het schetsen van morele dil ...more
Margaret Sankey
Back in 1934, shortly after being ejected from the KRIPO by incoming NAZIS, Bernie Gunther was hanging on in Berlin as a hotel detective at the Adlon. A beautiful American reporter got him involved in investigating the crooked construction of the Olympic stadium and the NAZI takeover of sports, as well as a cover-up to save her life. Now, it's 1954 and Bernie is attempting to live quietly in Havana when not only the dame and her daughter, but a ferocious American gangster and Cuban rebels surfac ...more
Hans
After finishing the sixth book about Bernie Gunther I have to say I really have enjoyed this series of books by Philip Kerr. One thing is the crime story and the plot which is exciting and at times complex to follow. But the one thing that has fascinated me the most is the historical aspects of the story. Europe before, under and after the war and how life could have been for a police man and later private detective, is intriguing to read. And when the last stories brought us to Argentine and Cu ...more
Don
This is a bit subpar for Kerr's series of novels about Bernard Gunther. This one is in two parts, the first taking place in Berlin in 1934, a year or so after the Nazis came to power, and the second part in Havana in 1954.

In the first part, Gunther is a German homicide detective who is opposed to the Nazis and trying to survive in the new Nazified Germany. We know that he is anti-Nazi because Kerr makes sure that Gunther expresses his feelings on nearly every page of the first part. I found this
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Krist
According to, the best bernie of the whole serie...
Richard Nessfield
This was my first Bernie Gunther thriller, and I'm now kicking myself for not reading Philip Kerr's books previously. The plot develops at a cracking pace, and I failed to predict most turns. Most of the characters are totally believable. The one exception, surprisingly, is the protagonist Bernie Gunther. I suppose, given the setting, he has to "get lucky" to escape his tight corners, but I can't help feeling anyone caught in his environment would have been a bit more diplomatic when talking to ...more
Tracy Terry
A 'Bernie Gunther' mystery. A self contained story with just enough hints about the main characters background to make it work well as a standalone novel. The sixth book in a series currently numbering nine its the first I've read.

A book of what to me felt like two stories, the main one set in 1930's Berlin, the other in 1950's Cuba. Whilst the two are connected they don't really sit well together, the pre-Castro Cuba element of the novel in many ways feeling more like a novella than part of a
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Donald Luther
The first thing I should note is that this completes the Bernhard Gunther books thus far published. I'm sure there will be more.

Once again, Kerr creates parallel stories, but this time it's the characters who tie the two sections together. One is the true love of Bernie's life (who, strangely, has not been mentioned in other stories) and one is corrupt American who moves pretty freely between criminal and legitimate worlds.

We begin in 1934, when Bernie is working as the hotel detective at the Ho
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Ian
Some reviewers seem to have set themselves against this sixth Bernie Gunther detective yarn. All I can say is that it worked for me, both in the split locations - Berlin and Cuba - and the split time periods - 1934 and 1955. Unlike other readers too, I found both plot twists satisfyingly well-handled. Gunther is a mass of hard-boiled clichés: it is his situation that sets him up as something different. From being a Republic-sympathiser during the inexorable rise of the Nazis in the build up to t ...more
Rickhow
Tough one for me, I wish you could give 1/2 stars because I'd give this 3.5. Without spoiling it, this book is really in two parts. The first part takes place in the early days of Nazi Germany. This part of the book I clearly give 4, if not 5 stars. Interesting, well written, moves at a great pace. Not a WW2 novel as such, no battles or soldiers or anything like that, but more of a detective novel. Really different, worth a read. The second part (I won't tell where it takes place, etc.) was a dr ...more
Stephen
Bernie Gunther would be your standard-issue world-weary detective were it not for the fact that he just killed a Nazi. Gunther has no love for the Nazis, who took power in his beloved Germany a year ago, and have in the year 1934 managed to reduce it to a joyless place for those who enjoy fast talk and loose women. Gunther is especially fond of both. Having quit his position in the police department to avoid having to fuss with the cretins in power, Gunther became the house detective of Berlin’s ...more
Carmelo Militano
This the third Bernie Gunther P.I. I have read and it is very good. The last 40 pages are especially gripping but what stands out over & over again is Kerr's ability to capture the atmosphere of Berlin in the 30's and Havana in the 50's. His the master of the surface texture of life and Gunther is droll and funny in the darkest of the dark situations. Its got Philip Marlowe stamped all over its scowling mug and tough guy straight talk from the hip to moll, gangster, or head of the secret pol ...more
Andrew Salmon
One of the highlights of Kerr's Bernie Gunther series is that you never know, book to book, what you're going to get. While other bestselling authors find a winning formula and stick with it, Kerr stirs the pot every chance he gets. The series began in linear fashion with the first three novels moving from 1936 (MARCH VIOLETS) to 1938 (THE PALE CRIMINAL) to 1947 (A GERMAN REQUIEM) in chronological order. Returning to the series years later, Kerr decided to mix things up and jump around in the li ...more
Toni Osborne
Book 6, in the Bernie Gunther series

The readers are carried deeper into Bernie’s saga in this terrific story that flips from 1934 Berlin into the rapidly changing world of 1954 Havana. The blend of madness and murder mixed with the Nazi and the Batista era creates an action packed backdrop for an exciting read and Mr. Kerr knows how to spice it up and to deliver it well.

1934, Germany is preparing to host the 1936 Olympic Games.

The action begins when Bernie, the house detective of the Hotel Adlon
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Paul
I heard about this, the latest Bernie Gunther mystery, on NPR. The author, Philip Kerr, has a great hook: Bernie's a German, investigating crimes in Berlin during the rise of the Nazi Party. I immediately thought of the great novels of Alan Furst and Martin Cruz Smith. When Alan Furst's characters set out to spy on, frustrate, and impede the Germans during the 1930s and 40s, or when Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko gets involved in a politically sensitive criminal investigation in Moscow during ...more
Jim Leffert
This book actually gets 3 1/2 stars from this reader. I went straight from the third Bernie Gunther novel to the sixth and most recent volume, bypassing, four and five, for now. Here’s another morally complex noir crime story involving the former Weimar-era homicide detective, who played along with the Nazis—but only up to a point--to survive. This book actually tells two connected stories. The first (similar to the first novel, March Violets) takes place in the early days of the Nazi regime, in ...more
Evelyn
This is the sixth of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series (to date there are a total of 7 books in the series). Gunther is a terrific creation, a decent if hard-boiled German detective, an independent thinker who refuses to toe anyone's line, yet consistently manages to survive a variety of intrigues and frame-ups. Gunther fought in and survived WWI, watched the Nazis come to power in pre-WWII Germany, steadfastly refused to join the party as it took control of his homeland, yet by staying 10 ste ...more
Steve Dennie
This is the sixth Bernie Gunther novel, the series by Philip Kerr involving a Nazi-era detective. He started out with a trilogy, which became known as the Berlin Noir Trilogy. Years later, he began writing more Gunther books. A seventh is currently in hardback. I love this series, which sets a mystery plot amidst historical events happening in Nazi Germany (the 1930s), and soon after the end of the war. So far, he hasn't written a book which occurre during the war.

This is kind of a different bo
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Rob Kitchin
If The Dead Rise Not is a solid addition to the series, but in my view is not quite as good as some of the others in the series (which given the very high standard of the previous books is always going to be a tough challenge). The dialogue was, as ever, sharp and often caustic and very funny. The characterisation was excellent. The story was interesting. My issue was with pacing and coincidence. For me the 1934 period of the book, which was effectively the back story for 1954 period, was too lo ...more
Ruth
"c2009. Recommendation from the Times, if I remember correctly. First time that I have read Mr Kerr and I am impressed. I found the plot tight, fast moving and intriguing. I definitely enjoyed the humour and the descriptive skill. The tense atmosphere in the first part of the book is well maintained as is the uneasiness that must have been apparent during the rise of Hitler. The second part of the novel - 20 years later- was a good tactic with some of the loose ends tied up satisfactorily. The p ...more
Jake
Much of my desire to read Philip Kerr's Bernard Gunther series stems from pure voyeurism (as I assume it does for many). Kerr does such an excellent job of painting a picture of Nazi-era Berlin/Germany and the other locales he writes about that the historical content alone is worth the price of admission (reading the Adlon stuff was fascinating).

This was the 6th Gunther book, I've read them all in order. Had this been my first, I might have given it 5 stars. Instead, I gave it 3. Why? Because it
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Tony
Kerr, Philip. IF THE DEAD RISE NOT (A Bernie Gunther Novel). (2010). **. This is really two novels in one, probably because neither one of them was long enough to be a stand-alone. Kerr has written some truly great period detective novels, usually set in Berlin during the Nazi regime. This one starts out in Berlin in 1934, and Bernie has been kicked off the city police force because of his continuing loyalty to the old regime. He is now a house detective at the famous Adlon Hotel, the most expen ...more
Mark
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of historical whodunnits
Recommended to Mark by: Ed Lynsky
I do have this hardcover and the amount of pages is 455 and not 320, which makes the book a whopping one third longer as stated.

We meet Bernie Gunther in 1934 Berlin where he no longer works as a homicide detective due to a difference in general opinion when it comes to matters of the Third Reich. Gunther is no card carrying member of Nazi party and finds them terrible people, and that is also why he no longerworks for the State. He is now the house detective of hotel Adlon where his principles
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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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