If The Dead Rise Not (Bernie Gunther #6)
Berlin, 1934: The Nazis have secured the 1936 Olympiad for the city but are facing foreign resistance. Hitler and Avery Brundage, the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, have connived to soft-pedal Nazi anti- Semitism and convince America to participate. Bernie Gunt...more
At the end of the fourth novel, Kerr had Gunther flee Europe ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is the first of the Bernie Gunther series I've read - I was given a few and this one had the earliest chronological date, with Berlin 1934. Turns out it's number six, but that didn't seem to make a significant impact.
Gunther is a hard boiled, hard drinking hotel detective, looking to private. He's everything you'd expect in a stereotypical noir detective. And he hates the Nazis. Hell he really hates them. He'll tell, you, he'll ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
From Hitler’s Germany to pre-Castro Cuba
If the Dead Rise Not opens in Berlin in 1934. Bernie Gunther has left the Berlin criminal police, the KRIPO, because he can’t stomach the politics of t ...more
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 ...more
The novel starts in 1934 against the backdrop of the Nazis preparing for the 1936 Olympic Games. What I've loved about this series is that glimpses into eve ...more
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 ...more
Bernie is the classic tough-guy, heart of gold, wise-cracking, private eye, ala Sam Spade. It's 1934, so of course he's like that. The twist is: it's 1934 Berlin. I love history and historical fiction. Here, we've blended the best of hard-boiled detective stories with a chilling historical. Perfect.
With one caveat: just as t ...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 ...more
Kerr schrijft zeer onderhoudend met scherp ...more