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(Gereon Rath #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  616 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Berlin 1931: die Wirtschaftskrise verschärft sich, die Auseinandersetzungen zwischen SA und Rotfront werden gewalttätig, in der Unterwelt tobt ein Machtkampf, und Gereon Rath bekommt den Auftrag, den US-Gangster Abraham "Abe" Goldstein zu beschatten. Aus einer Gefälligkeit für das Bureau of Investigation wird ein tödlicher Wettlauf.
Hardcover, 573 pages
Published 2010 by Kiepenheuer & Witsch
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Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-odyssey, mystery
Berlin, 1931
Darkness is starting to fall, and plans of inaction which once seemed acceptable have allowed elements to fester. These are not the halcyon days of summer.

"Believing in something other than the Great Big Nothing, they aroused his envy and scorn in equal measure. He scorned them for their naivety; he envied them their faith."

Oh, Rath I see more of myself in you the more I read.

"You should never talk about love, simply live it."

The failing economy and the scores of unemployed youths
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this one was the best in the series so far — and definitely had an eerie setting in 1931 Berlin. I really hope they translate the remaining novels into English ... and quickly!
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kriminalroman
The setting is Berlin in 1931, as the economic crisis intensifies, and the clashes between the SA and the Red Front become more violent, a power struggle rages in the underworld, and Komissar Gereon Rath of the Berlin Kripo is commissioned to shadow the US gangster Abraham "Abe" Goldstein, as a favour for the FBI.

The action never stops and the conclusion is nail biting. Another winner from Volker Kutscher.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geweldig boek. De derde uit de reeks politieromans die speelt tijdens het einde van de Republiek van Weimar. Deel 1 in 1929, deel 2 in 1930 en deze in 1931. Alles zit erin: spanning, historische achtergronden, de opkomst van de nazis en de botsingen met de communisten. Een geweldig plot en niet te vergeten de hoofdpersoon commissaris Gereon Rath met zijn hond en moeilijke verhouding met zijn vriendin Charly. En natuurlijk Berlijn. Ik kan niet wachten op het volgende deel.
Gereon Rath isn't always entirely above-board in his dealings with the law and criminals, but he's always, in the end, on the side of right. He also isn't always the brightest bulb in the basket, and he's often terribly inept when it comes to women. Nevertheless, he's rather appealing most of the time, and I found this third book in the series the best yet. The Jewish gangster from Brooklyn provides an interesting entry to at least one of the Jewish worlds of 1931 Berlin, and in this volume the ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The third and best in this trilogy. Better character development, clearer story lines, excellent exposure of the insidious and invidious rise of the Nazis and the lack of understanding of the implications of this by the general public as well as the authorities.
Bill Taylor
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
3rd mystery to be solved by Berlin Detective Gereon Rath....set in 1930s Germany with the storm of National Socialism on the rise...Best written case yet, good to see Charly back as well...
Inhalt: Der amerikanische Gangster und vermutliche Aufragskiller Abraham Goldstein kommt nach Berlin und Kommissar Rath wird darauf angesetzt Goldstein zu beschatten, damit dieser keinen Mord begehen kann.
Gleichzeitig kommt bei einem Einbruch ein Junge zu Tode und wie seine Komplizin gesehen hat, ist einer der Polizisten Schuld an seinem Tod und vermutlich war diese Tat auch Absicht. Neben diesen Vorfällen gibt es zudem Bandenkämpfe in Berlin, sowohl zwischen den Berliner Ringvereinen, wie auch
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bis jetzt das beste Buch in der Reihe.
Jill Meyer
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Goldstein" is the third novel in German author Volker Kutscher's "Gereon Rath Mystery" trilogy. I have the English version of the paperback, but the audio version is in French. Definitely some marketing issues here on Amazon, but that may be because I think Kutscher's work has been adapted for television in one language or another. I've read the first two books in the series, which is set in Berlin in the late 20's, early 30's, in the later days of the Weimar Republic, when the brown-shirts are ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimis
Kommissar Gereon Rath hat Probleme, eines hat sogar einen Namen: Abraham Goldstein. Hinter diesem Namen verbirgt sich ein Sohn jüdischer Auswanderer, die in New York ein neues Leben beginnen wollten. Seine Karriere ging aber mehr ins örtliche Gangster-Milieu. Nun taucht er in Berlin auf, allerdings ist die "Burg", das Berliner Polizeipräsidium am Alex, durch ein Fernschreiben des FBIs gewarnt. Der Vize-Polizeipräsident setzt jetzt Rath zur Überwachung ein, daß sie nicht ohne Komplikationen abläu ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mit "Goldstein" bin ich endgültig Fan dieser Reihe - wieder ein atmosphärisch unglaublich dichtes Buch, was das drohende Unheil gut beschreibt. Ich bin unendlich gespannt, wie Kutscher Gereon Rath in kommenden Büchern politisch positionieren wird- wird er zum
Mitläufer, wie es wahrscheinlich nötig sein musste, um im Polizeiapparat bestehen oder womöglich noch aufsteigen zu können? Dies interessiert mich so sehr - ebenso wie der neue Kriminalfall - dass ich mir den VÖ des vierten Bandes extra im K
John Lester
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunnit, ww2, thriller
4.5 stars really. My favorite of the three so far--in a way alllllmost reminiscent of James Ellroy, without being all Ellroy-ish. I think also I can relax a bit into these (and a little on the large side--almost 600 pages), since I'm now totally familiar with all the people at the station and in his life. And Rath, being Rath, he's kind of on the outs with his personal and professional life after the last book and is piecing things back together with Charlotte, who is working on a runaway girl c ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I acknowledge these are not literary masterpieces by any means but Volker Kutscher's series are fun, fast, easy, engaging reads and Goldstein is no different. I admittedly fell in love with the characters from the tv show before I even read a book and the characters and setting are where these books shine.

Goldstein, the 3rd book in the Gereon Rath series, is a huge improvement on the 2nd book which was just meh but again carried by the characters. In Goldstein however we have an engaging, susp
Margaret Sankey
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the third Rath procedural, it is 1931, and Charlotte is chasing the survivor of a pair of juvenile delinquents who ave been robbing Berlin's department stores (and by extension, she's after the corrupt cop who killed one of them). Rath, redeemed by the events of the previous book, but not entirely trusted by the police force, has been assigned to trail an American gangster from Meyer Lansky's New York gang as he visits his dying grandfather and traditional Jewish family. The gangster, Goldste ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Berlin 1931. An American gangster arrives in Berlin and Gereon Rath is given the task to track his whereabouts. Volker Kutscher description of the tension in Berlin and the downfall of the Weimar republic is superb. The characters in the novel perfectly placed in the setting of a largely unstable situation with fights and riots arranged by nazi stormtroopers or communists. The plot is perfectly arranged around this dark set-up, with night-clubs, gangsters, corrupt policemen, prostitutes, drug-ad ...more
This series keeps getting better and better; the characters keep growing (and growing on you); there’s an incredible sense of building menace (it’s 1931 in Berlin and the failure of the Danat Bank is mentioned towards the end - one of the things that basically sent the German economy into a tailspin) that culminates in a Nazi riot on the Ku’damm. In the middle of all this are Gereon and Charly, still trying to work out their obvious attraction and at times unwilling love for another; Charly has ...more
David C Ward
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok but no more. A laborious plot involving a gang war (with an American gangster in the mix) and a police conspiracy to kill criminals all against the backdrop of the growing power of the Nazis. As before, these books are just too long and everything is over described. The pacing is so slow and the style so earnest hat it works against the premise that that Berlin is a “Babylon.” It’s all pretty proforma and Rath isn’t that much of a bastard anymore. Not enough attitude or atmosphere and no sens ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. The setting in early 30s Berlin, makes this a very special series, and vol. 3 satisfies as a mystery novel. The main protagonist, Gereon Rath, commissioner in the murder squad, is in many ways rather an asshole, and definitely gets away with many questionable actions that reflect badly both on his integrity and his personal character, but annoying as it is, it's a choice of the author that is carried through consistently. Side characters are well drawn.

For the moment, only the first
Ptr Mat
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Potřetí Gereon Rath, čteno spíše ze zájmu poté, co jsem shlédl Babylon a šlo o z mého pohledu nejzdařilejší setkání s ním. Zápletka velmi zajímavá - pád mladého zloděje ze střechy obchodního domu KDW... Zápletka vtažena i do střetů mezi rudými a SA, mnohem plastičtěji, než v dřívějších dílech. Výborná práce s rešeršemi a popisy Berlína patří k autorově stylu a román je vizuálním dílem...
Doporučuji pro chvíle oddechu...
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
And another good entry in the Gereon Rath series. Difficult to write about them, they are not amazing, just decent, good entertainment. The setting from 1929 onward is quite interesting, because we see the fall of the Weimar republic and the rise of the Nazis. This one ends with, unrelated to the general story, some unrest caused by the SA. Gereon is not fond of them and it will be interesting to see how that goes.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
A Jewish mobster from Brooklyn shows up in Berlin in 1931 and a bodies start appearing. Like dropping mentos into a a bottle of Coke, you know something explosive is going to happen. But with the Gereon Rath novels, it's not always what you think. A gripping historical police procedural/crime novel set in 1931 during the Weimar Republic - these stories are getting better and better, especially as they draw closer to Hilter taking power as chancellor in January of 1933.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Really enjoying this series - the location and time it is set definitely add something and Gereon is an interesting character although also exasperating and prone to bad choices. It's not an especially challenging read but good for times when you want to relax. Looking forward to more of his cases.
Bill Wallace
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent police story improved by its time and place. Gereon Rath walks a line between law and vice as Germany reels toward the abyss. I got a little tired of the soapy elements here but the overall story -- lost Weimar youth with Nazis and a Jewish gangster -- is a vigorous page turner. I'll buy and read these books as fast as they can be translated.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
10/15 - Hat mir im Vergleich zu den beiden Vorgängern sehr viel besser gefallen. Guter Krimi, wenngleich ich mit der Figur des Kommissars Rath nach wie vor nicht warm werde. Muss man aber ja auch nicht unbedingt.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the best of the series so far. The author weaves a great plot and evokes the atmosphere of the time. anybody who enjoys a good 'krimi' and is interested in the history of the time will enjoy this book.
Für mich das schwächste Buch der Reihe bisher. Ich habe auch ewig dafür gebraucht.
Gene Borowski
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best of the three in the series by far. Do Abraham Goldstein or Alex return in future Rath novels?
Robert Hyman
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jeg ble ferdig med denne boka og startet den neste i serien med en gang. Det sier sitt!
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Volker Kutscher studied German language and literature studies, philosophy and history. He works as journalist and writer. His crime stories took place in the Berlin during the Weimar Republic and contain a lot of descriptions of this city and time. Photo: Krimidoedel Dr. Jost Hindersmann

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