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The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel (Bernie Gunther #4)

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Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a cop in Berlin in 1936, and he was to get to know it more intimately as a private eye as each case drew him deeper into the enormities of Hitler's Germany. Forced into the SS and sent to serve on the Eastern Front, he experienced the full brutality of the regime in the killing fields of Ukraine, and by war's end, made his wa ...more
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Published February 1st 2009 by Penguin Books (first published September 7th 2006)
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May 04, 2012 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
After a ridiculously long break from writing the Bernie Gunther novels (15 years I think) Philip Kerr returned with possibly his best piece of Chandleresque writing to date.

Bernie is a fantastic noir gumshoe; forever down on his luck, somehow always finding himself the subject of affection of countless beautiful women, morally grey at times yet always willing to put it all on the line for the right cause. Not to mention a fantastic voice for narrating a noir story.

The hardboiled dialogue in The
Bernie Gunther, private investigator, is the literary heir to Philip Marlowe, and that's a good thing. While the plot in this novel feels a bit contrived, the hardboiled dialog is often fun, and after writing four novels about Bernie Gunther, Kerr knows his main man inside and out.

It's the character of Gunther that makes this Chandler-style noir worth reading. He's cynical about religion, amoral when it suits, and German to the core, but he hates Nazis. As a policeman in Berlin before and durin
May 05, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of a different view on Post WWII Germanu and history.
The fourth Bernie Gunther adventure a long time after the first three novels Kerr wrote. Those three while decent enough show a less likable Gunther than this phase 2 Gunther whose exploits shortly after the war show a post WWII Germany that does not quite fit the general accepted truths. Kerr does quite a decent job in showing That with a major war over the Good guys did not necessarily did win the war. We already do know about the braindrain post World war 2 and how both the Allied forces and ...more
Lance Charnes
Apr 25, 2015 Lance Charnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who'd like Philip Marlowe better with a German accent
Perhaps the only thing more noir than pre-war Nazi Germany is post-war Germany at the dawn of the Cold War. So it makes sense that ex-cop, ex-SS-member, and full-time cynic Bernie Gunther makes his return in this dark and cynical tale of war criminals, CIA agents, deception, murder, and historical whitewashing.

Gunther, a private investigator, has moved to the barely de-Nazified Munich of 1949 to scratch out a living chasing down missing people. There are still millions of vanished people four ye
Judith Johnson
May 14, 2016 Judith Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have an abiding interest in 19th/20th Century German culture and history, and have visited Berlin several times, so I really love Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther books, though I had to have a break after reading the first three. The brutality was too much. But having recently read the first of Richard Evans's magnificent books on the Third Reich, which took the reader up to Hitler's coming to power in 1933, it struck me that Kerr had perfectly captured those turbulent times and the kind of crimin ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Lawyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who love Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett
Recommended to Lawyer by: Goodreads Group Pulp Fiction who introduced me to Bernie Gunther in The Berlin Noir Trilogy
The One From the Other: Everybody is out to Get Bernie Gunther

Lullaby and good night, etc. etc. One of these days I'm gonna finish this review.

The KitKat Club is closed. Gute Nacht meine Damen und Herren. Schlafen Sie gut. Süße Träume.
Mark O'Neill
I was absolutely riveted to this book from beginning to end. I picked it up, expecting to only read a few pages before bed. I ended up staying awake and finishing the book all the way through in 5 hours. I just couldn't put it down, even if my life depended on it.[return][return]Bernie Gunther is kind of like 24's Jack Bauer. He's a complete nutcase but you're always cheering for him. Whenever he starts to get his revenge or bust a few heads, you'll shouting at him to hit harder! It's very satis ...more
K. M.
Aug 18, 2009 K. M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Heard about this author on NPR and became interested in this strange genre of early aftermath of war Germany mystery and thriller literature. I couldn't get the more famous Berlin Noir series by the author at any local bookstores so gave this one a try.

I wanted to quit about half way through. The Gunther character is so painfully implausible.

The necessity to have the dry sarcasm in almost every exchange is what we might expect from a detective in a Law & Order episode or Han Solo, but seem
Christopher Smith
All conflicts have at least two sides. Most have more than two and some have elements that are not as clear, are unexpressed, disguised, even unknown to holders and/or observers. Philip Kerr’s “The One From The Other” forces readers who may have long-held beliefs that WWII was fought for clear right vs. wrong reasons and that actions by forces on either side were also clearly right or wrong, to re-examine that belief. That is not to say that readers will or even should reverse their belief in th ...more
Richard Waddington
I love this series and its main character - former policeman-turned private investigator - Bernhard Gunther. The action in this book takes place in post-war (1949) Germany and the murkiness and confusion of that time/place is brilliantly executed by the author. He has clearly done his research as the context and locations feel very realistic. The 'authenticity' is boosted by the inclusion of real people in the story (e.g. prominent politicians and former-Nazis etc.) It is written in a classic No ...more
May 05, 2014 Lorna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I found "The One from the Other" slightly difficult to get into at first. Set in post WWII Gemany it seemed to jump from the past to the present then back again.
But the more I read the deeper into the story I found myself and it turned out to be a good read.
Bernie Gunther is a private eye. Living in post war Germany he naturally has a lot of missing persons cases. When someone calling herself Britta Warzok employs him she simply wants to know if her husband, now a war criminal, is dead or ali
Toni Osborne
Mar 02, 2011 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 4 in the Bernie Gunther series

The novel follows the “Berlin Noir Trilogy”, with a detective story set in post war Germany. It contains a wealth of historical details spun into a complex plot. It covers the reconstruction period of Germany and its new threat, the rapid growth of communism.

The story starts with a prologue set part in Berlin and part in Palestine in the late 30’s. Gunther is sent to Palestine with two mandates, one to facilitate a dealing that would allow a Jewish businessman
Rowland Bismark
Philip Kerr began his writing-career with three impressive novels about German policeman and private investigator Bernie Gunther set around World War II. Then came the intriguing A Philosophical Investigation, but after that he went (or tried to go) commercial, with largely unfortunate and forgettable results. Turning back to Bernie Gunther is a calculated risk, but certainly the re-appearance of this character is more welcome than anything else Kerr might have turned to.

A long Prologue set in
Donald Luther
I've now read five novels in the Bernie Gunther series. In general, I can strongly recommend any of them for several reasons. They are well-researched. They are very atmospheric, very much like my beloved film noir (the first three are collected into a single volume called 'Berlin Noir'). The characters are well-defined and their activities are reasoned and help to drive the narrative. The crimes involved are consistently riveting and demand solution.

Having said all of that, I have to report tha
Jul 05, 2015 Bibliophile rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, own, reread
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Nov 09, 2010 Kurt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Berlin Trilogy by this guy is highly enjoyable. Some people dig the wartime Europe of historical-fiction writer Alan Furst, but I can't say enough about Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels. His works offer the vivid depictions of mid 20th century Germany but add the noirish conventions of the "finder" type detective (think Lew Archer with SS connections), complete with dry wisecracks and wonderful internal monologue. It all works. Trust me. Gunther is a likable, moral guy in a world filled w ...more
Richard Riley
Jan 03, 2014 Richard Riley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping from the start to the finish. This "Book Noir" drags you into the chilling war era rumble of preening political factions, posturing nations, skulking war criminals and revenge seeking assassination squads with a skill and narrative that keep the pages turning. The horrors of the days, so skilfully interwoven into Gunther's progress, remind the reader that the often trite and self absorbed complainants of modern day western societies had better be glad they weren't scavenging during the ...more
May 03, 2016 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Supreme noir fiction from a master of the genre.
Feb 24, 2016 Evelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been going back and reading all the Bernie Gunther books in order, now that I've got all 10 accessible in my library. (Did I mention that I'm a huge fan of Philip Kerr's Gunther series?) Going through the series in order has allowed me to remember lots of interesting details I'd forgotten about the Berlin detective turned reluctant investigator, albeit vocally and rebelliously non-party member, for the Nazi regime.

This book ranges non-chronologically across the 30s during the early days of
Wayne Zurl
Feb 01, 2016 Wayne Zurl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE ONE FROM THE OTHER by Philip Kerr………..

Philip Kerr knows old Germany like Raymond Chandler knew Los Angeles and Robert B. Parker knew Boston. Kerr’s protagonist, the hard-nosed and hardboiled ex-cop turned private detective, Bernie Günther, shares more than a passing similarity with Phillip Marlowe and Spenser.

This book begins with a thirty-seven page prequel that drops us into Berlin of 1937 where Bernie is called into the offices of the dreaded Nazi SA, the paramilitary political thugs of t
Sep 16, 2015 Julián rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bernie Gunther es un expolicía y detective que ha sobrevivido a la Segunda Guerra Mundial y al régimen nazi. Su segunda mujer muere en el hospital y en medio del caos y la destrucción de la posguerra en Berlín se ve envuelto en una trama entre agentes de la CIA, excriminales nazis y mafias varias. El argumento está un poco traído por los pelos: Bernie guarda cierto parecido físico con un médico austriaco buscado por la justicia y quieren hacerle pasar por él para que éste pueda viajar a EE UU a ...more
May 02, 2015 Evelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In truth, more like 4.5. This is the fourth book in Kerr's Bernie Gunther series, published in 2006. I read the book relatively soon after it came out, but impulsively picked it up again over the course of the past week.

The Gunther books are like a wonderful wine that ages well; Repeated tastings help unearth the subtle, but no less delightful underpinnings. So too with the Gunther books. Repeated readings often reveal nuances and plot elements I missed or ignored the first time.

The events in
Jun 29, 2014 Loraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kerr has written another gumshoe thriller that opens a window to history many have forgotten--1949 Germany when the winners and losers are still sorting things out, German war criminals have built an escape network to South America, aided and abetted by the CIA, the Catholic Church (because it hates commies more than nazis) and god knows who else, tens of thousands of German war criminals are still behind prison walls, and a kind of peace is being normalized, one that will see the Berlin Wall ri ...more
Not my favorite of the Bernie Gunther novels. Kerr has always had to walk a really fine balance with Berlin Noir since of course he cannot escape grappling with the Holocaust (and, indeed, that's much of the point of these books). But then, on the other hand, he has always run the risk of turning the Holocaust into fodder for what is essentially the pleasure of a whodunit. That perhaps comes out most strongly in this Gunther novel because the story explicitly deals not with a man trying to find ...more
Buck Jones
Jan 02, 2016 Buck Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gunther has a smart alec personality … and it tends to get him in trouble if he's not careful. Formerly a detective in pre-World War II Berlin's criminal police, his department was absorbed by the SS and he served in Russia. A man who is a survivor, despite his propensity to speak his mind.

This story unravels quickly in Munich during the American occupation in 1949/50. We learn quickly that this rather unconventional man - with an unconventional past - attracts unconventional clients in his new
Margie Nash
Apr 10, 2015 Margie Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philip Kerr was recommended to me as a non-cookie cutter type detective (Bernie Gunther)story writer, and that he is. Some of his books start in the late 1930's. This one is after the war. Bernie is tired of running his in-laws' (since deceased) hotel near Dachau. Soon his wife dies in a home with a strange disease. He goes back to being a detective in Munich when is lured into finding a Nazi on the run and manages to get himself tangled in a very dangerous web. The plot is mixed with the CIA, s ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Tuomo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series in an order based on the year they're set in:
1) "If the Dead Rise Not" (book #6, set in 1934) but saved the latter half (set in 1954) for later
2) "March Violets" (#1, set in 1936)
3) "The Pale Criminal" (#2, 1938)
4) "Prague Fatale" (#8, 1941)
5) "A Man Without Breath" (#9, 1943)
6) "A German Requiem" (#3, 1947)
I was completely blown away by the original trilogy, which is an incredible set of crime investigations set in pre-WWII Berlin and post-W
Jan 11, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that unfortunately I've began reading Kerr's novels out of order...hopefully I'll rectify that.

I read the first Bernie Gunther book a while ago, and trawling through the garage produced this little book.
I have, in essence, skipped the climax / ending of the war through Kerr's eyes. I must say, I feel I prefer the setting of the first book to this one, although the author is not at all taxed by having to describe various locations....quite the opposite, I'm planning a retreat to Garmisch
Jul 27, 2011 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series a lot. I want to love it but Kerr relies just a tad too much on coincidence for my liking. Still, this was another solid read in the series, a good mystery that incorporates historical events with a gripping narrative. Looking forward to reading the rest.
May 08, 2014 Inês rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foi um livro que me deixou com um amargo de boca quando o cheguei ao fim. É um policial com um enredo muito bom, mas que no final me deixa com uma sensação amarga de que não é feita justiça e afinal o crime compensa.
Não é dos que gostei mais. Mas também não é dos que gostei menos. Serve também para não esquecermos as atrocidades que se praticaram durante a 2.ª Grande Guerra Mundial.

It was a book that left me with a bitter aftertaste whem arriving to the end. It's a crime book with a very good p
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