Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German Requiem (Bernard Gunther #1-3)
I give up. I simply cannot read another noir cliché like, "Looking around the room, I found there were so many false eyelashes flapping at me that I was beginning to feel a draught." I know that's part of the genre, but I'm well into March Violets and it's going nowhere. These constant Jimmy Cagney comments have pushed me over the edge, and I think they're contagious. I'm struggling to keep my eyes open like a hooker in church on Sunday. Ugh....See what I mean?
The short version: read this series. The setting is ideally suited for the darkest roman noir. Bernie Gunther, who left the Kriminal Polizei because of politics taking precedent over justice, is the tough, wise-cracking P.I> who thumbs his nose at Hitler and his henchmen. However, not even Gunther can avoid being em ...more
--"Don't make any sudden moves. I scare easily and then get violent to cover my embarassment."
--"With Jeschonnek's gun safely in my coat pocket, I bent down to take a look at him. You didn't have to be an undertaker to see that he was dead. There are neater ways of cleaning a man's ears than a 9 mm bullet."
If you enjoy Raymond Chandler, you'll like Philip Kerr. More ...more
I’ve been “off” reading science fiction and fantasy for a while for a simple reason. I wanted some really good writing. And that’s hard to find in the genre.
Now, that’s an incendiary statement, even to me. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid. The first two science fiction authors I read were Robert Heinlein and Andre Norton. I still love them. I can name half a dozen science fiction and fantasy authors I have so muc ...more
Unputdownable - I read the whole thing in a matter of days.
Berlin Noir is a repackaging of the first three books in the Bernie Gunther series: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and German Requiem. Noir is not and has never been a preferred genre for me but having read a review of the most recent Bernie Gunther, The Lady from Zagreb, I decided to give the series a spin.
Bernie is a cynical, hard-drinking, somewhat overweight PI working primarily on missing persons cases. The setting for March ...more
Απολαυστικό αλλά ασήκωτο...
Ήταν ανάγκη να κάνουν 3 βιβλία σε ένα;
Στον καναπέ κόντευε να με πλακώσει, ο καρπός μου έπαθε θλάση και ο αγκώνας μου πιάστηκε.
Η πρώτη ιστορία είχε ωραίο τίτλο. "Οι βιολέτες του Μάρτη" και είναι ουσιαστικά η εισαγωγή στον εφιάλτη του ΓΡάιχ. Διαδραματίζεται το 1936 στο Βερολίνο. Μου άρεσε η μετάφραση, είχε μια σπιρτάδα. Από την άλλη όμως θα έπρεπε να έχει αρκετές επεξηγήσεις για λέξει ...more
Then I read Lehter Station and w ...more
Au début, l'épaisseur du livre fait peur. Une fois poussé la porte des premiers chapitr ...more
This volume is comprised of the first 3 of Kerr's novels that star Bernie Gunther, a former policeman in pre-WWII (and later post-WWII) Berlin. He's left the police force because he didn't like where the Nazis were taking it, and he struck out on his own. March Violets takes place in 1936, before the Olympics took place i ...more
This book comprises the following books: March Violets (1989), The Pale Criminal (1990) and A German Requiem (1991).
Bernard Gunther is a former Commissioner of the Berlin police and also an ex-soldier, became a private detective. His style of working reminds Philip Marlowe in the late 1930s.
In this trilogy, the author describes in a magnificent way the III Reich and its apogee until the German in ruins in 1947 after the end of World War II.
The description of how Berlin was "cleaned" for the Olym...more
The first two novels in this omnibus take place in 1930s Berlin, while the third is set mostly in 1947 Vienna. In all three, PI Gunther ends up investigating crimes borne from the moral, legal and economic rot of the Nazi regime. ...more
Je ne lui ai mis que 3 étoiles, parce que les 4 et 5 étoiles sont réservées, en ce qui me concerne, aux chefs d'œuvre de la littérature, pourtant si je devais juger uniquement par rapport aux autres romans noirs, je ne pourrais pas lui donner moin ...more
Update: the fiercest review I found on this book was by someone who gave 5 stars to The Time Traveler's Wife.