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The Pale Criminal by Philip Kerr
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Sep 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2011, mystery-thriller
Read from August 29 to September 17, 2011

This is the second novel in the Berlin Noir series featuring Bernie Gunther. this second novel is set just before the outbreak of WWII. It is a murder mystery set around a plot to kill young German girls. The author drops a lot of names familiar to those interested in the time period - Himmler, Heydrich, and others. He does a good job of setting the atmosphere; a chilling, depressing place to be. This novel builds on the character in the first novel, March Violets, but can stand as an independent work.

I'm a fan of Alan Furst and love his work set in this same era. Kerr does a good job of evoking much of the feeling. I still think Furst is better but this is an interesting novel and I will continue to read his work.

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