The Other Side of Silence
Bernie Gunther has done various jobs since the war. Now it's the 1950s and he's working in a hotel on the Cote D'Azur. It's winter, and the Riviera is empty and a little sad. In a bar one evening he bumps into Herr Leuthard, an acquaintance from the war, who offers him a most enticing job.
Leuthard owns the Grand Hotel du Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. It's the best hotel on the...more
Contrary to the other Bernie thrillers, which can move through the 1930th, '40th and halfway '50th in one story, it is the first one which had only one flashback to Bernie's life in Nazi Germany and in particular the timeframe ...more
In this eleventh book in the series, one war is over and another, colder war has begun. Kerr’s Berlin gumshoe is in hiding, changing his ...more
As always, we jump around in Bernie’s life and, in this novel, it is 1956 and he is living on the French Riviera. Pushing sixty, working as a concierge at the Grand Hotel de ...more
I miss being a cop when the Berlin police still meant something good. But mostly I miss the people, who were as sour as I am. Even Germans don’t like Berliners, and it’s a feeling that’s usually reciprocated.
Now in his late ...more
An unpleasant blackmailer named Harold Heinz Hebel, who Bernie encountered back in 1938, and then during the winter of 1944/45, who we learn about in flashback, is the catalyst for another absorbing and surprising tale. The present day narrative takes place in 1956 with Bernie working at a hotel on the ...more
The novel had ...more
I like Bernie and find him funny and interesting but the story involves wayyyyy too many characters.
Set in a really interesting period/place and with plenty of spy shennanigans but it just descended into a list of who's who and who did what in the war that I became completely flumoxed...then bored.
Such a shame as all the elements are there for a book I would ...more
If you've read all his previous misadventures, then you understand how he got so jaded and depressed. He has every right to feel that way. In fact, in the early pages of this book, he even recounts that he tried suicide. How he is ...more
I really liked the fact that the ...more
We were cautioned on the book's cover not to race through
It was important to me because it was my first Bernie Gunther.
Yeh, I know, where have I been living?
I'm pleased to have been sent an ARC and very willing to express
Bernie is a character that came to life on the pages.
His life is like a tapestry with inherent flaws fully exposed.
Among other things, I found him witty, cynical, sarcastic, satirical
and yet in some way lovable.
The plot ...more
This one has rather a lot of material on the art of blackmail. "Now I've heard everything. Blackmailers recommending detectives. Or ex-detectives. It sounds an awful lot like a salmon recommending a good poacher." I enjoyed the descriptions and "Bernie history" pertaining to ...more
The publication of Philip Kerr’s, Bernie Gunther thriller, The Other Side of Silence, once again shows why is a master of historical fiction. How he is able to weave the factual into fiction, and still make it seem as if it really did happen, with the characters in the novel in real life.
Gunther is working as a concierge in a French Hotel on the Rivera in 1956, he was trying to keep his head down, and working under an assumed name, Walter Wolff. ...more
Brilliant plotting, character, and dialogue. I wish I had started at number 1, based before WWII - I will now!
"The war is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera. It is 1956 and Bernie is the go-to ...more
Gunther is working as a concierge on the French Riviera, when he gets involved with helping Somerset Maugham deal with a blackmailer, a blackmailer whom Gunther had encountered in his earlier days in Nazi Germany. There are also British traitors to deal with (Roger Hollis, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt, who were associates of Kim Philby.)
Kerr weaves this story of life on the decadent Riviera, which only takes a ...more
It's as if Philip Kerr turned into a bad Alan Furst, then suddenly switched back to writing detective stories. More simply, it's called "padding."
Bernie has never been a true action hero. He's far too cynical to rampage through an adventure controlling the events around him. He's always been the sort of guy to whom unpleasant things happen and he has to deal with them. His sharp intellect and ...more
Bernie is hiding out in Cap Ferrat under the name of Walter Wolf and working as a hotel concierge. He works by day and plays bridge twice a week and that is the sum total of his interesting life now that his wife has left him. This changes when W. Somerset Maugham asks him to be his go-between in a case of blackmail. The situation ...more