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Prague Fatale

(Bernie Gunther #8)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  5,066 ratings  ·  498 reviews
September 1941. Bernie Gunther returns from the horrors of the Eastern Front to find his home city of Berlin changed, and changed for the worse. Now back at his old desk on Homicide in Kripo HQ, Alexanderplatz, Bernie starts to investigate the death of a Dutch railway worker, while starting something - of an entirely different nature - with a local good-time girl.

But he is
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Published by Cuercus (first published October 27th 2011)
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May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Και ναι!!!! κατάφερα να τελειώσω το βιβλίο!!!!!!! Νομίζω ότι τον τελευταίο μήνα είμαι στη χειρότερη αναγνωστική μου κατάσταση.... so much working.....

Σε κάθε περίπτωση, το βιβλίο αξίζει 5 αστέρια, αλλά θα περιοριστώ στα 4, πρώτον για το ότι δεν μπόρεσα να εμβαθύνω και να το χαρώ λόγω της ανάγνωσης λίγων σελίδων κάθε μέρα, ενώ από την άλλη αν είχα διαβάσει πρώτα την Τριλογία του Βερολίνου θα γνώριζα καλύτερα τον πρωταγωνιστή και δεν θα προβληματιζόμουν για τις πράξεις του και θα είχα κατασταλάξε
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the first page of this book, I was hooked up and please mind that I was avoiding HF quite a lot lately, because I was not in the mood. Definitely Kerr has a magical pen and can keep readers in his story until the end. 2nd WW, is not my theme at all, but author has built a character so unconventional, that “rocks”.. I have also to give credit to the details mentioned in the book, regarding everyday life in Germany of the 1942 (that proves the extensive research author has done) . Conclusivel ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the 8th Bernie Gunther “historical adventure” – the series runs from the 1930’s through the 50’s. Bernie is a Berlin detective – whether in police uniform or not – and has been described elsewhere as the “only honest cop in Nazi Germany”. Regardless of when each of the books occurs – before, during or after WWII – Bernie – whether while inside or outside of the regime – is fighting his own one man war against the Nazis. There’s more than a little Philip Marlowe/Sam Spade to Gunther – jad ...more
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading my way through all of Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels. What an astonishing writer - the subject is Nazi Germany and the perspective is from a jaded, Berlin police detective who is decidedly not a Nazi and yet is forced to work with the worst of the worst, and, yes, he eventually, unwillingly goes into the SS. Vivid details of a nightmarish Germany both pre-WWII and afterwards. Details moral collapse and ordinary people's responses - both good and hideous. I don't think anyone else ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο του Kerr συνδυάζει αινιγματική δράση και πολιτικό παρασκήνιο, αναπλάθει την εποχή με γκρίζα χρώματα και αποτελεί μελέτη της ψυχοπαθολογίας του ναζισμού. Μας μεταφέρει με μεγάλη επιτυχία στη Πράγα, έχει γρήγορο ρυθμό και πολλές ιστορικές αναφορές.
Cœur De Pirate
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πρώτη επαφή με τον Philip Kerr (και κατ' επέκταση με τον επιθεωρητή Γκούντερ) και οφείλω να ομολογήσω ότι μου άρεσε πολύ. Κυρίως η διάχυτη ειρωνεία προς το ναζιστικό καθεστώς και τις απάνθρωπες συνθήκες ζωής που επικρατούσαν. Σίγουρα θα ξαναδιαβάσω κάτι από τον ίδιο συγγραφέα και την επόμενη φορά θα φροντίσω να ξεκινήσω τη συγκεκριμένη σειρά από την αρχή.
Chrissa Vasileiou
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Μια ακόμα εξαιρετική ιστορία του Μπέρνι Γκούντερ από τη μοναδική πένα του Philip Kerr.

Βρισκόμαστε στο 1941 και η δράση μεταφέρεται από το Βερολίνο στην Πράγα,όπου ο Γκούντερ καλείται να προστατέψει από επίδοξους δολοφόνους τον ισχυρό άντρα των Ες Ες Ράινχαρτ Χάιντριχ. Στην εξοχική του κατοικία έχουν προσκληθεί για ένα χαλαρό,χλιδάτο Σαββατοκύριακο αρκετά υψηλόβαθμα στελέχη των Ναζί - ένας εμετικός εφιάλτης για τον Γκούντερ, που όμως δεν μπορεί να κάνει τίποτα. Όταν ένας από τους άντρες του Χάιντ
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have not read all of the Bernie Gunther books. I will have to correct that error. Philip Kerr will be missed. This was one awesome read.
Maria Bikaki
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Αν και λάτρης της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας ομολογώ ότι μέχρι τώρα δεν είχα την ευκαιρία να διαβάσω κάποιο βιβλίο του Κερ. Στην πραγματικότητα και για να μια απολύτως ειλικρινής αν δεν ήταν η αγαπημένη μου φίλη Χρύσα να μου προωθήσει το έργο του ενδεχομένως και να μην τον γνώριζα ποτέ παρόλη την τεράστια φήμη που από ότι φαίνεται ακολουθούν τα βιβλία του. Με την πρώτη ευκαιρία λοιπόν που μου δόθηκε αποφάσισα να εισχωρήσω και εγώ με τη σειρά μου στον λογοτεχνικό κόσμο του philipp Kerr. Εντάξει ομολ ...more
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recent-favorites
This is the eighth book featuring Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr's Berlin detective. The series has taken Bernie from the 1930's, as the Nazis are coming to power, to 1950, when he gets caught up in Cold War espionage, and now back to the war years. “Prague Fatale” is set in 1941 and Bernie has returned from the Eastern Front – where he has seen unspeakable horrors – to the Berlin Kriminalpolizei (“Kripo”), where he is investigating the murder of a Dutch railroad worker and contemplating suicide. W ...more
L Fleisig
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Phillip Kerr's latest Bernie Gunther novel, Prague Fatale, is a very much welcome addition to the Bernie Gunther series. For those new to the series, Bernie Gunther is a cop, a detective. But he isn't just any detective. He's a Berliner and he has been working the streets from the days of the Weimar Republic on through to the regime of Adolf Hitler. Like most `hard-boiled' detectives, Gunther likes to toe his own line and has a fierce independent streak. Of course independence is not a prized at ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Updated 12-20-13, this is in my 10 top reads for 2013. I've picked books that I remember instantly when I look through the list, either because the plot was great, the subject matter was different or the writing was excellent.

This was my first Bernie Gunther novel and Kerr is a strong writer. His details of the food, clothing, manners, clubs, etc of wartime Germany was amazing. Because of Gunther's travels and investigations, the research has to detail all the ranges from very poor to highest cl
Maria Altiki
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα ακόμα εξαιρετικό βιβλίο από αυτά που συνηθίζει να μας δίνει ο κος Kerr! Λίγο διαφορετικό απο την τριλογία, εδώ αντί για δράση κ σασπένς έχουμε κατασκοπεία αλα John Le Carre και μυστήριο αλα Αγκάθα Κρίστι. Στην ιστορία μπλέκονται πολλά αληθινά πρόσωπα, πραγματικά ιστορικά γεγονότα και μια μελέτη της ψυχοπαθολογίας του ναζισμού! Η αλήθεια είναι ότι χρειάστηκε την απόλυτη προσοχή μου κ συχνές ματιές στο wikipedia, είναι όμως ένα βιβλίο που θα παραμείνει στο μυαλό μου για καιρό δημιουργόντας μου ...more
Nikoleta Katsiouli
Το τελευταίο μυθιστόρημα του Phillip Kerr στη σειρά βιβλίων του Μπέρνι Γκούντερ , Μοιραία Πράγα , είναι μια ευπρόσδεκτη προσθήκη στη σειρά.

Για τους νέους στη σειρά, ο Μπέρνι Γκούντερ είναι ένας αστυνομικός, ένας ντετέκτιβ. Αλλά δεν είναι ένας οποιοδήποτε ντετέκτιβ. Είναι ένας μέλος του εγκληματολογικού και έχει εργαστεί στους δρόμους από τις ημέρες της Δημοκρατίας της Βαϊμάρης και μέσα στο καθεστώς του Αδόλφου Χίτλερ. Όπως και οι περισσότεροι σκληροτράχηλοι ντετέκτιβ, έτσι και στο Γκούντερ αρέσε
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
After his adventures in Argentina, Cuba, USA, Vienna, Munich, Russia, & Paris we’re back in both place and time - Berlin in 1941 - where a disillusioned and suicidal Bernie is back at his old desk working Homicide in Kripo HQ after the horrors of the Eastern Front. Berlin in 1941 is a city of severe rationing, blackouts & RAF bombing raids, the S-Bahn murderer, Czech terrorists and widespread disillusionment.

Initially I was frustrated that this book does not move Bernie’s "present day"
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another outstanding glimpse into the dark days of Nazi Germany with that knight in tarnished armor, Bernie Gunther. And it's a locked room mystery with more than a nod to Agatha Christie. It starts with Bernie back from the Eastern Front, disgusted at what he saw of the war there, glad to be back in Berlin as a cop. Then Reinhard Heidrich, a man he loathes, summons him to what used to be Czechoslovakia to be a special investigator for him in a castle full of overdecorated Nazi generals. There ar ...more
πόσο μου άρεσε, πόσο το απόλαυσα, πόσο θαυμάζω τον Μπέρνι και πόσο ευχαριστώ τον Φίλιπ για το ταξίδι στην ιστορία που κάνω και στα γεγονότα που μαθαίνω, δεν νομίζω ότι μπορώ να το εκφράσω!

θέλω κι άλλα!
Carlos Vogiatzis
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τέσσερις άξονες. 1. Ανάπλαση ιστορικής εποχής στη Ευρώπη υπό ναζιστική κατοχή, 2. Διαχρονικοί χαρακτήρες 3, Ατμόσφαιρα 4. Αστυνομική πλοκή.
Zohar -
Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr is a fictional book in the Bernie Gunther series. This is the eighth book in the series which brings up the question: just how many lives does Bernie Gunther has?

Bernie Gunther returns from the Easter Front to find that 1941 Berlin is not the city he left – and not for the better. Life is unpleasant in Berlin due to blackouts, Czech terrorists, RAF bombings and food rationing.

When Bernie’s old boss Reinhard Heydrich of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) orders him to Prague
A while ago I read March Violets, the first in Philip Kerr’s series featuring Bernie Gunther, a detective in Berlin during the Third Reich.

Initially I was gripped by the story, but it soon went off in a direction I did not particularly care for.

Yet, here I am years later reading another Bernie Gunther novel. Why? What for? – you may ask. Well, the plot of this one sounded a bit more interesting. A bit more like a proper whodunit in the style of Agatha Christie.

However it turned out to be a very
switterbug (Betsey)
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
In 1941, Berlin police detective Bernie Gunther flirts with suicide as a way out of his wretched life. He loathes Nazi Germany, but has orders to serve and protect the Reich, and feels like an imposter, a blur of who he was before the crimes that he was commanded to execute in Belorussia. Nazi newspapers trumpet their clarion call that “the Jews are our misfortune,” while Germany struggles to maintain their strength against the advancing Russian army.

Berlin is barely recognizable, with everythi
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
It’s 1941 and Bernie is back in Berlin from his work with the SD (Sicherheitsdienst), the intelligence arm of the SS (the Kripo, Kriminalpolizei, or German equivalent to CID, were under the SD.). Having been exposed there the the truly awful ethnic cleansing and retribution of the “special action” squads who were killing rather indiscriminately, he’s considering suicide. Always skeptical of Naziism, he’s dragged into an investigation of a railway worker who had been murdered and then left on the ...more
Rob Kitchin
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The four great strengths of Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series is the historicization within the Nazi regime, a strong noir voice, the lead character - a self-loathing, cynical, cantankerous cop with a moral core - and well constructed stories. Prague Fatale delivers on the first two of these in spades. Kerr drops us into Berlin and Prague in 1941, the politics, the power-games within the Nazi regime, the suffering, the resistance. He evokes a very strong sense of place and time. The prose and dialogu ...more
Nick Brett
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Philip Kerr’s eighth Bernie Gunther thriller is set in Prague in 1941. Heydrich, now in charge over there, summons Bernie to give him security advice. On arrival Bernie is confronted with a ‘locked room’ murder and the suspects are all rather senior officers. Bernie has brought his new girlfriend with him but soon realises that Prague is a dangerous place for them both and all is not what it seems.....

Any Bernie Gunther book is a joy and this is no exception. Although the subject matter is far f
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical whodunnits
Recommended to Mark by: Ed
Once again Bernie Gunther is called to do a job for his benefactor, or vitamine B as it is called by the Nazi's, General Heydrich or is the man his nemesis? Anyhow he requires the services of a real policeman and not some Party policeman, and Bernie is indeed the real deal.
While the story for Bernie starts in Berlin pretty soon his services are required in Prague, still one of Europes most beautifull cities (perhaps even in the world!) and it is there that he must solve the murder of one of the
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've devoured all of the Bernie Gunther novels, wonderful mash-ups of police procedurals and WWII historical espionage starring a horny & ornery Weimer liberal who somehow manages to stay alive during the rise of Nazism and its aftermath throughout Europe and Latin America. So naturally I snapped up the latest with eager anticipation -- where would Bernie go next? Interestingly, he went back to 1941 -- an unusual non-chronological story within this decades-long story world -- and a chance to ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent entry by Philip Kerr of his noir style series featuring Bernie Gunther , a Berlin police homicide detective during the time when Hitler was in power. The plots are engaging and incorporate real historical events and many of the real personages of the time. Bernie is an angst filled character who tries to retain a semblance of integrity and humanity as he is confronted with the very worst that the human species can offer. The characters are nicely drawn and the dialogue is rich ...more
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it
There are now two 'Bernie' books under my belt. I think it is time to start from the beginning of this series. A few more questions are emerging about the main character that reading these out of sequence has probably only made more noticeable.

The pacing of these books is slower than I usually want in detective/mystery books. They make up for it with the different story line and setting.
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philip Kerr does it again. Bernie Gunther is back in Berlin from the Ukraine. It is not long before he is summoned to Prague by his old nemesis Reinhard Heydrich who has a proposition to put to him...
Vasilis Kalandaridis
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ο Αύγουστος του 15 ειναι πλέον ο Αύγουστος του Bernie Gunther.Υπεροχο,καθηλωτικό σχεδόν βιβλιαράκι.Σύντομα το επόμενο.
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Philip Kerr was a British author. He was best known for his Bernie Gunther series of 13 historical thrillers and a children's series, Children of the Lamp, under the name P.B. Kerr.

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Other books in the series

Bernie Gunther (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • March Violets (Bernie Gunther, #1)
  • The Pale Criminal (Bernie Gunther, #2)
  • A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, #3)
  • The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4)
  • A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther, #5)
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  • Field Gray (Bernard Gunther, #7)
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  • The Lady from Zagreb (Bernard Gunther, #10)
  • The Other Side of Silence (Bernie Gunther, #11)
“The real question here is what happens to you, Gunther. In many ways you’re a useful fellow to have around. Like a bent coat hanger in a toolbox, you’re not something that was ever designed for a specific job, but you do manage to come in useful sometimes.” 5 likes
“I solve this kind of case all the time. Usually in the penultimate chapter. I like to keep the last few pages for restoring some sort of normality to the world.” 1 likes
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