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The One from the Other (Bernie Gunther #4)

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A woman seeks Bernie out. Her husband has disappeared. She's not looking to get him back - he's a wanted man who ran one of the most vicious concentration camps in Poland. She just wants confirmation that he's dead. It's a simple enough job. But in post-war Germany, nothing is simple.
Unknown Binding, 372 pages
Published July 5th 2007 by Not Avail (first published September 7th 2006)
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Sep 25, 2011 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
Lance Charnes
Dec 31, 2011 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
Apr 11, 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
Aug 16, 2010 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can remember seeing the name Phillip Kerr a lot in the Nineties, he wrote these technological thrillers which amassed a great deal of publicity, even if they didn’t seem to get huge readership. Well, it seems that Mr Kerr has dropped the technological, and is now writing thrillers set in the past – more specifically, post-war Germany.

Setting a detective story in Germany after the war is actually a really good idea, as there are lots of potential clients with great secrets which can then become
Aug 03, 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.
Apr 25, 2017 Ingrid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good balance between fact and fiction. I enjoyed it.
Mark O'Neill
Jan 19, 2012 Mark O'Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2009 hoffnarr 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
Judith Johnson
May 05, 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
Nov 08, 2016 Nigeyb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently read the original Bernie Günther Berlin Trilogy ('March Violets’/'The Pale Criminal’/‘A German Requiem’) and concluded that Philip Kerr had saved the best until last, the third book in the trilogy - 'A German Requiem' - is superb.

Unlike Bernie Günther fans who read the books on publication, I didn't have to wait 15 years to read number four. I just carried on the next day. So far, with the Bernie Günther series I conclude reading them in quick succession is a good approach, not only h
Mar 21, 2017 Shari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We have all heard bits and pieces and paraphrases of Reinhold Niebuhr's exhortation: "God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other."

"... the one from the other." That's the hard part and Kerr examines this conundrum to a fare-thee-well in this novel. There were many organisations, attitudes, platitudes, angers, and nasty tricks that were in play following Wo
Jul 23, 2017 Speesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first three in the series were good. This is better. It's a really good look at one man, an articulate, cynical, realistic man, and his navigation of the perils the aftermath of the second world war presented to Germans, especially those who had, willingly or not, been part of the Nazi Party. Gunther is cynical, but keeps that down and the wise-cracks to a bearable minimum here. Those he does use, are born from desperation at the situation his leaders have left the ordinary person in the str ...more
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
Jan 23, 2009 Bibliophile rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, own, reread
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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
Toni Osborne
Jan 28, 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
May 05, 2014 Lorna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy
“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
Aug 17, 2012 George rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read any of PK's previous Gunther mysteries, but found this book hard to read. Couldn't finish it ultimately. The detective is a bitter man, and all the characters are unlikeable. You end up hating the Germans, the Americans, the Russians, the Jews, the Arabs, and everyone Gunther comes in touch with. Halfway through the book, I was still waiting for the detective work to really take off. The excessive historical references are rather contrived. One gets the impression that PK wrote a sh ...more
Oct 23, 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
Dec 29, 2014 Xabier rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La trama me ha parecido demasiado forzada y su desarrollo perdía y recuperaba ritmo continuamente.
No sé muy bien por qué pero tampoco los personajes terminaban de tener el "gancho" de las anteriores entregas.
Aunque ha resultado entretenida a ratos, en lugar de una novela negra tengo la sensación de haber leído una declaración sobre lo que las potencias aliadas, el Vaticanos, la Haganah, etc... hicieron con respecto los nazis "útiles" y con el resto.
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.
Raro de Concurso
Otra nueva aventura del detective Bernard Gunther. Esta vez en un periodo algo desconocido para mi, la posguerra en Alemania y lo relacionado con los prisioneros de guerra Alemanes.

Interesante y trepidante trama, como es habitual, aunque con un final algo precipitado y efectista.

Steve Gertsch
Ok. At times reads like a Google Maps page.
May 01, 2016 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Supreme noir fiction from a master of the genre.
Apr 19, 2009 Laurel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-crafted suspense and historical context. The only part that grated on my nerves a bit was Bernie seemed a little over-the-top this time, becoming a caricature of the hard-boiled noir detective.
Cameron McLachlan
Bernie Gunther returns in this latest novel, which delves into intrigue in early cold war germany and Austria. The plot zips along and is entertaining; however I can't help but feel that it covers the same ground as A German Requiem. This is likely because A German requiem dealt with the same themes of former Nazis being recruited by both sides in the cold war, and was also set in Vienna. I'm still going to check out the next one in the series, which is set in Argentina. Perhaps a change of set ...more
Mar 21, 2017 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you think things get complicated in the 3rd Bernie Gunther book, then wait until you get into this one! So many "mistaken" identities that you'll make you question who you are and lots of twists so that while you think you know what will happen next, you don't. I will say that we leave Germany in this one and that does disappoint me and makes me a little less 'happy' to read the next book. Philip Kerr has done an excellent job in making the reader feel invested in what happens, so I will cont ...more
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