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The Man From Berlin

(Gregor Reinhardt #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,126 ratings  ·  270 reviews
Yugoslavia, a German officer has been shot and killed. Along with him a young, beautiful filmmaker and photographer—a veritable hero to her people—has been brutally murdered.

Assigned to the case is military intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt. Already haunted by his actions in war and the mistakes he’s made off the battlefield, he soon finds that his investigatio
Paperback, 435 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Berkley
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Jan 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
The main character is Gregor Reinhardt, a German army captain who is asked to solve two murders in a small town in Yugoslavia during WWII. I really enjoyed it.
Nat K
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books, ww2
”A good man, in the wrong place.”

Captain Gregor Reinhardt is a complex character. Having fought in WWI, with the belief that he was doing the right thing for his country, even winning medals for his bravery (including the Iron Cross), he now finds himself embroiled in events of WWII that are beyond his control, and have him questioning much of what he previously took for granted.

”He had to get moving, or face another evening that would end with him at the bottom of a bottle, or staring down the
Roman Clodia
May 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: skim-read-to-end
This is a difficult one to review because McCallin has clearly done lots of research into the complex politics of the setting of 1940s Sarajevo, but I found the book overall a slog to read. It's so slow moving, with everything described to death. No one can simply walk across a room but it has to be described in terms of how the light looks and how the dust motes are dancing.

The protagonist is an uptight and humourless Abwehr captain with all the usual characteristics: personal tragedy, alcohol
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Man from Berlin (2013) (Gregor Reinhardt #1) by Luke McCallin was another attempt to fill the hole left by Philip Kerr's untimely death, and with it his long running character Bernie Gunter. Having read the opening one, sometimes two, titles in what I hoped might be similar series, I am delighted to say that this is the best one I have read so far.

The Man from Berlin is a slow burn of a novel. Whilst initially very procedural and detailed, it gradually builds up a head of steam until a memo
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Man From Berlin – Great Crime thriller

The Man from Berlin by Luke McCallin is an amazing crime thriller and even better as it is a first novel. There is a lot of huff n puff calling this a literary thriller, is that just to make the anal retentive literary types like the book too. This is a great thriller and better than any of the crap those literary types could ever produce.

Captain Gregor Reinhardt is in the Abwehr a former detective in the Berlin Police and decorated war veteran, before b
Steven Z.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
If one could turn the clock back to the 1990s when men like Slobodan Milosovic and places like Srebrenica were in the news they would recall the horror that they felt. People could not fathom what the Serbs, Croats, and Muslims hoped to gain from all the violence, particularly since the origins of the conflict go back at least to the 4th century AD with the creation of the Byzantine Empire. The events of World War II are also part of the Balkan puzzle that we still grapple with today that are di ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Reinhardt is an ex-Berlin detective, now in the Abwehr in Sarajevo caught up in the murder of a woman journalist and a fellow officer. He's in the middle between partisans, local cops, Croats, Serbes, Communists, the army, and a former colleague who hates him. He's been through WWI and now his son is on the eastern front.

It's an intriguing story with just the right amount of setting detail. Reminiscent of Phillip Kerr's Gunther, this book is not as good as Kerr's original trilogy, but better tha
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Sarajevo, in 1943, this novel features Captain Gregor Reinhardt, a previous detective in Berlin, who is now a member of military intelligence. This is obviously set in the Second World War and things are rarely clear cut and like so many crime novels set in this era, such as the fabulous Bernie Gunther series, there is little that is black and white in the beginning of this series either. For Reinhardt, who gained an Iron Cross in WWI, found his career in the police stalled after he refus ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Captain Gregor Reinhardt was once a highly successful detective in the Berlin criminal police (KRIPO) until the Nazis took control of the police and he rejoined the army. He was also a decorated war veteran (WWI), and a holder of the Iron Cross. He is now a German intelligence officer (Abwehr) interrogating prisoners of war (not torturing them, which sets him apart from his colleagues) in the Balkans in early May 1943. When a leading woman Croat film-maker, German collaborator, Ustase (Croat fas ...more
S.J.A. Turney
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A while ago I saw two novels by Luke McCallin on a promotion and, in a fit of ‘why notness’ I bought them. The thing is, I may be solidly rooted in ancient history with most of my reading there, but every now and then I’m partial to a little World War 2 fiction. Michael Ridpath’s ‘Traitor’s Gate’ made it into my annual top 10. And I rather liked the look of a murder investigation in a WW2 setting.

First off, this is a novel with a fascinating and I might even hazard ‘unique’ viewpoint. Few works
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazon's search engine generated this one as a recommendation last November when I went in search of the pub date for the next book in Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series. Since I'll have to wait till at least late April for the next book about Kerr's WWII era Berlin detective, I figured this might be a pale imitation, though something I might enjoy.

And I did, in fact, enjoy it, but not for any of the reasons I thought I would. Gregor Reinhardt, the hero of this book, is only marginally like Gu
Jay Ray
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
No doubt McCallin is a very talented writer! The thing is, the book could have finished a hundred pages sooner. I personally, felt like there was so much he was trying to convey it resulted in a lack clarity in his story telling. Unfortunately, I lost interest about 3/4 the way through the book...just so much peripheral detail I had a hard time focusing on the "story!" ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this over the weekend. Very good crime/thriller stuff. The historic background is not so accurate like the author admitted it, but I could make an ideea about the intern struggle in the former Yugoslavian zone.

Not in the same humourus and ironic tone like Philip Kerr series, with more realistic characters, not blaming directly the Nazy, but still in the end going in another`s one boat.

The murder mystery wasn`t so complex or impressive, but it has been a fast and enjoying read.

A thing it`s
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the Man from Berlin. It is a 'whodunit', but I find that very often whodunits are excuses to immerse ourselves in other cultures - after all, few people can dig deeper than homicide cops, and I guess novels about psychotherapists would be a bit static.
So this novel does a fine job of taking us somewhere else; first of all, the place is Sarajevo, which I've never visited and which is a character in itself with its incredibly complex ethnic and religious mixes. The time is 1943. And more
Rob Kitchin
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Man from Berlin is a fairly lengthy, ambitious novel that charts the investigation into a double murder in Sarajevo in 1943 by a disaffected German officer and decorated First World War veteran, Captain Gregor Reinhardt. Reinhardt shares a similar history to Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther -- a successful homicide detective in Berlin’s Kripo who has little time for the Nazis and is forced out of the service in the wake of its takeover by the Gestapo. Reinhardt has a very different personality t ...more
Jack Tilghman
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. The plot and murder scene were all very well constructed, and the historical context is very accurate. Any enthusiast of World War II history will jump write into McCallin's version of 1943 Sarajevo. Unfortunately, I don't think the book was able to live up to my expectations after its promising start. I felt it dragged on a bit too long and the resolution was far from satisfying. McCallin is clearly a talented writer, but I felt the last 100-150 page ...more
Too long, too convoluted, a protagonist too upright and too dull. Too bad, because the setup and setting had a lot of potential. Abandoned.
J Edward Tremlett
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Captain Gregor Reinhardt is not what you would call a contented man.

An officer in the Abwehr, he can barely remember a time when he felt good about himself. When he was a proper policeman, back in Germany. When he was happily married to a good woman, before she died. When his estranged son still looked up to him, before he joined her in death.

When he had a government he could occasionally look up to, before the Nazis ruined it.

Now, posted to one of the most ethnically, religiously, and political
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-2017, ww2, crime
Yugoslavia, 1943. Abwher (military intelligence) officer Gregor Reinhardt, a former police officer in Berlin, gets a case to solve: the murder of a german officer along a local female VIP- a member of the Ustachi.

For the depressive Reinhardt, a widower estranged with his son-currently MIA after Stalingrad, this murder is going to be the occasion to question himself as to where he stands with this war.

Within this on the whole classical frame-with false suspects and dramatic turns of events includ
Gail Barrington
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent noir novel about a reluctant member of the Abwehr, formerly a policeman in Berlin, hence the title, although the action takes place in Croatia where loyalties are divided and retaliation brutal. It was a thoughtful and complex novel and I'm happy to find out that McCallin has written a couple more. ...more
Over-complicated, but might be acceptable as the launching pad for the series it started. Found the lead character flat; passive; uninteresting.
David Highton
A widowed ex-Berlin detective in German Military Intelligence based in Sarajevo is asked to investigate a double murder of a beautiful Croatian propaganda film maker and a fellow German officer. He has to tread a careful line between the Sarajevo police and other elements of the German forces. A clever and complex plot and a well drawn lead character - a bit slow moving for me to give 4 stars though.
Suzanne Robertson Moutis
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: number-1s
So, there's a lot to unpack in this novel, but it's totally worth it. At its heart a murder mystery, Luke McCallin's book, the first in a series, is cloaked in a World War II plot that involves a dead propaganda filmmaker in Sarajevo and the German soldier, formerly a policeman (and the titular man from Berlin), who is assigned to solve the case. I found learning (a little) about the history and politics of the Bosnia-Herzevogina region really interesting. Totally complicated, but really interes ...more
Keith Currie
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the person who sent me a review copy of this book – I enjoyed it immensely!
Captain Gregor Reinhardt is a former Berlin detective now an interrogator for the Abwehr in Sarajevo under German occupation in 1943. As a decorated WW1 veteran he is patriotic to his nation but extremely conflicted about Nazi behaviour in occupied countries. He is given an opportunity for redemption when asked to investigate the murders of another German officer and a beautiful Croatian film maker. His dogge
David Lowther
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The early pages of The Man fromd World Berlin were fairly standard fare but once it got going this was a cracker of a thriller. The hero Gregor Reindhart is, like Bernie Gunther in the Philip Kerr novels, an ex cop from the Kripo in Berlin's Alexaderplatz. There the resemblance ends because where Gunther conceals his hatred of the Nazis with a worldly cynicism, Reindhart does it by a dogged determination to do his job despite interference from superior officers.

The Man from Berlin is set in Sara
Matt Brady
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, wwii, crime
A murder mystery elevated beyond the usual by the setting and characters. Gregor Reinhardt is that semi-common and probably problematic trope of the "Good Nazi". Of course he isn't actually a Nazi at all, and despises the party that drove him to quit the Berlin police force in disgust, but it's a handy descriptor for the character archetype. He's a former cop and a veteran of the First World War now trying to ride out the second largely by keeping his head down, drinking too much, and contemplat ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well written, intense World War II thriller in an original setting that of Sarajevo, no stranger to war stories in other eras, but this also educated me in how the Nazis failed to suppress the nationalistic hatreds and indeed their permitting the Croats to unleash savage, vicious attacks on innocent Serbians -- that revolted the Italian allies and even some of the Germans themselves -- laid the grounds for the barbarity that came 45 years later. Story is strong, central character is finely-drawn ...more
Robert Ronsson
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been looking for the series to fill the Bernie Gunther shaped void in my reading life and this fits it so well it's suspicious. Bernie and Gregor Reinhardt would have been Kripo colleagues in Berlin before the war. Both refused to join the party but found they had to join the army to stay alive (if not sane). Both do the best they can to be good men when they are surrounded by evil.
Luke McCallin's research (in this book mainly into the pre-war history of the former Yugoslavia) is every bit
Colin Mitchell
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Enjoyed this novel. Crime but in a second world war setting and from a German perspective. Captain Reinhart, hounded by the Nazis from his work as a policeman he finds himself, a first war veteran, in military intelligence. When the body of a female journalist is found and that of a young lieutenant, his former talents are called into action.

The book is set in Sarajevo at the time of Operation Swartz, a push against the communist inspired Partisans, Reinhart finds himself caught between various
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
For being a debut, this is a pretty amazing book; the plot is very well constructed, it takes you through a kind of maze of characters and situations which are seldom what they look like; an infinite game of smokes and mirrors in which the hero has to travel at different levels: the external events, the investigation of a double murder, as well as the more intimate and spiritual journey he has to go through in parallel to the investigation.
An historical crime novel supported by good research, no
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Luke McCallin was born in Oxford, grew up around the world and has worked with the United Nations as a humanitarian relief worker and peacekeeper in the Caucasus, the Sahel, and the Balkans. His experiences have driven his writing, in which he explores what happens to normal people--those stricken by conflict, by disaster--when they are put under abnormal pressures.

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