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Metropolis

(Bernie Gunther #14)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,533 ratings  ·  509 reviews
Berlin, 1928, the dying days of the Weimar Republic shortly before Hitler and the Nazis came to power. It was a period of decadence and excess as Berliners - after the terrible slaughter of WWI and the hardships that followed - are enjoying their own version of Babylon. Bernie is a young detective working in Vice when he gets a summons from Bernard Weiss, Chief of Berlin's ...more
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Published April 4th 2019 by Quercus
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Paromjit
This is Philip Kerr's swansong after his untimely and much lamented death last year, and he leaves us with a gloriously detailed portrayal of the dying days of the Weimar Republic, the chilling rise of Nazism and Hitler in the city of Berlin. He returns us to Bernie Gunther's early days as a detective working in vice, but now promoted to the Murder Commission by the Chief of the Criminal Police, the lawyer and Jew Bernard Weiss. For some time, Jews have been fair game and every Jew in public lif ...more
Beata
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Berlin in 1928 is between two epochs: the Weimer Republic is at its dusk, and the Third Reich is just about to arrive. Berlin is still the city of decadence, cabarets, WW1 veterans, however, new ideas are on the horizon. Bernie Gunther is a only a young detective, tasked with finding the culprit behind brutal murders of four young women. He already has the perfect sense of investigating the crime that he will only master in his future cases.
Philip Kerr's portrayal of Berlin is just perfect,and
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Dave
The book is entitled Metropolis, not just because of the appearance of Fritz Lang, but because the main character might be better described as Berlin than even Bernie Gunther. Here, Kerr gives us a taste of early Gunther, right when he was promoted to the homicide bureau, putting his detective mind to work solving a case of a serial murderer roaming the streets of Berlin. But, best of all, Kerr places Gunther in a time of Weimar Germany with the whole country still suffering from its bitter defe ...more
Hanneke
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, that’s it then. Read my 14th and last Bernie Gunther detective. To my great regret there will never be another Bernie to look forward to. But I am happy to report this was a really excellent one!

I had the feeling that it had perhaps been Philip Kerr’s intention for a long time to write about the young Bernie Gunther. I might be wrong in my intuition about Metropolis, but I really thought it breathed the air of the older Bernie Gunther novels more than his last novels which were located at
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Yigal Zur
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i rarely give 5* for a book but this one absolutely deserve it. one of the best thrillers, full with compassion and empathty for humanity, clever, full with knowledge, great sense of humor, sometimes cynical but brings great laugh. it is sad we will not have more of Kerr books.
Susan
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourteenth Bernie Gunther novel and, sadly, the last to be published after the tragic loss of Phiip Kerr last year. I read the first Bernie Gunther novel in 1989 and was delighted when Kerr brought the character back in 2006, after the initial trilogy, which was completed in 1991.

During the series, Kerr wrote about the life of Gunther before, during, and after, WWII. The previous book, “Greeks Bearing Gifts,” was set in the 1950’s and I had, half-hoped, that Philip Kerr would have h
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HBalikov
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve been with Bernie Gunther on this long ride and now it is over. Philip Kerr has died and this is the last book that he will ever write about Berlin’s detective. Those who have been following Gunther through the Second World War and beyond now have the opportunity to read about how it all began. This book deals with Berlin during the post-World War I period and how Bernie Gunther becomes an expert in murder and other crimes.

Here is how one of his mates at his boarding house describes Germany
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Roman Clodia
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Set in 1928 during the Weimar Republic, this features a younger, more innocent, less cynical Bernie Gunther who has just joined the murder squad in Berlin and is on the trail of not one, but two serial killers - one targeting prostitutes, the other 'cleaning' the streets of begging/wounded war veterans.

For me, this has the strengths and weaknesses of the other books in this series: for one, the story is overlong, bloated with filler. Kerr is never one to leave any research unused so there are en
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Mark
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So the inevitable last book of the Bernie Gunther books has arrived, Philip Kerr died last year in March just days before the release of the previous Bernie Gunther novel. I expected that to be last one and bless his heart he had another one for us in stock. I love the little introduction that Ian Rankin provided for this book and love the gentleness he lays in there when he speaks about his friend and fellow writer. he shall be missed. I expect this book to be a bittersweet experience it being ...more
Geevee
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
My first Bernie Gunther is also the last written by Philip Kerr, who died shortly after completing the book.

The story was enjoyable and had some great descriptions of Weimar Germany, along with characters who were alive in those days playing larger or walk on parts in this Metropolis.

Bernie himself is a Great War veteran and is affected and influenced by his experiences throughout his adventure. He has just been recruited from vice to the murder department, and is immediately immersed into murde
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Alex Cantone
Berlin looked bigger at night: bigger and quieter and even more indifferent than it did by day, as if it was someone else’s bad dream…

In a prequel to the series, it’s now 1928 and Bernie Gunther has transferred from Vice to Berlin’s Murder Commission. A serial killer is at large, targeting prostitutes (grasshoppers), each killed with a hammer blow and scalped. One of the victims is the daughter of a gangster, and he wants justice, fast and brutal. Then the killer changes tack, taunting the polic
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Steven Z.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sadly, last March British author Philip Kerr passed away. Kerr was a prolific writer of over thirty books, including works of adult fiction and non-fiction, in addition to writing children’s books under the name, P. B. Kerr. At the time of his death he had just completed his last novel entitled, Metropolis, the last iteration of his successful Bernie Gunther series that dealt with German history from the 1920s through the Cold War. Kerr, one of my favorite purveyors of historical fiction consist ...more
Gram
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been with Bernie Gunther since the beginning - 1989 and the publication of "March Violets" the first in the series of 14 novels about a street savvy Berlin police detective whose working life as a cop mirrors the rise of Nazism in 1930's Germany through the years of World War II and beyond to a divided Germany of the Cold War era. Over the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's, I've travelled with him throughout Germany to various towns and cities in Eastern Europe and to Cuba, Greece, Argentina and ev ...more
Jake
The last week or so, I’ve written in different outlets about the impact Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series has had on my reading journey and personal life. While acknowledging the many faults of these books, I love them in a special way. I think Kerr is great at capturing atmosphere and cynicism to produce some truly great crime reading. “Nazi Noir” is a burgeoning genre now but Kerr’s Gunther works were really the trendsetter. Knowing this would be the last one following Kerr’s untimely death, ...more
eyes.2c
Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther. A wonderfully complex character. I've adored his journey. ...more
Nigeyb
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
After I'd got over the disappointment that this - Metropolis - the final Bernie Gunther book (RIP Philip Kerr), was not going to advance or conclude Bernie's "present day" narrative, I quickly began to appreciate it on its own terms.

Metropolis takes us right back to 1928 and the moment a young Bernie joins the murder squad. It's an eventful moment as four prostitutes have been murdered in as many weeks. All hit over the head and then scalped with a sharp knife. Then a second series of murders s
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Karl Jorgenson
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
So bittersweet. This is the last Bernie Gunther novel, published at the time of the author's death. Kerr was a clever and competent writer, and his character, Bernie, was a compelling study in conflict: an honest, decent human being forced to make compromises in Nazi Germany.
Fortunately for us, Kerr lived to write Metropolis. If Kerr had told his fans he would write only one more book, this is the story they would have requested. Here we see the beginning of Bernie Gunther's saga in 1928 Berlin
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Ian
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
*Updated. Adds Review To Rating.* 4⭐
The last of the Bernie Gunther mysteries that Phillip Kerr wrote before his death turns out to be the first one I read, based strictly on availability. As it's chronologically set early in Gunther's career, it doesn't really matter. Its also such a fine, stand alone story that it doesn't matter, either. Dense with historical detail and atmosphere it drops you back into the unsettled and decedent days of Berlin during the Weimer Republic. Gunther is investigati
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Rowena Hoseason
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
It’s entirely appropriate that this, the final Gunther book penned by Philip Kerr takes place at the start of Bernie’s career in the murder squad. We end at the beginning.

And what a great story to start and finish with. This is Germany before the Nazis take power. National Socialism is a rising force and anti-Semitism is widespread, but fascism hasn’t yet completely corrupted societal norms. A serial killer is murdering prostitutes so Bernie is promoted from the vice squad to the prestigious hom
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Paul Ataua
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
First time back to the Bernie Gunther series since the 'Berlin Noir' trilogy. It’s a Gunther from an earlier time, a young and less cynical detective, who is just making the move from vice to murder. Kerr really captures the feel of interwar Germany with its drugs, prostitution, corruption, and the slow rise of Hitler, but I felt the attention to the detail of Weimar period, although a strength in one way , tended to slow down the story and the character development. A good read that never reall ...more
Maine Colonial
About 30 years ago, I read the first Bernie Gunther book, March Violets, and I knew this character was special. Novels set in the Nazi era are a dime a dozen, but Philip Kerr created an authentic and hard-hitting character in Bernie. He’s a man who goes from the frying pan of the Kriminalpolizei in the decadent and dangerous Weimar-era Berlin to the fire of having to live and work in the new Reich run by Nazis and then, after the war, to a life of consequences. He sees and experiences horrors an ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus Books for an advance copy of Metropolis, the fourteenth novel to feature Berlin detective Bernie Gunther.

In 1928 Bernie is offered a job at the Murder Commission which turns out to be a baptism of fire as he joins the investigation into the murder and scalping of prostitutes, the fourth happening on his first day. These murders lose their priority when the self styled “Dr Gnadeschuss” starts shooting war veterans.

I thoroughly enjoyed Metropolis from th
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Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Reading this was a bittersweet experience. The latest instalment in probably my favourite series is also the final instalment after the death of author Philip Kerr last year. I'm sad that there will be no more episodes in Bernie Gunther's life. Given that Metropolis is actually the first chronologically (set in 1928, when Bernie is in the Berlin policeforce), I am tempted to immediately re-read all the rest of the books in order of when they are set - although the timeslip element in a few of th ...more
Tripfiction
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thriller very firmly set in Weimar BERLIN



Metropolis is very firmly set in the Weimar Republic of 1928 Berlin. The Great War is ten years past, and Hitler and the Nazi movement are just beginning to stir. Anti Semites are beginning to find their voice. Berlin is a city of corruption and debauchery.

And there are murders on the street. Prostitutes and war cripples are being killed… The chantes are ladies without work – they looked to be prostitutes (at least part time ones…) after the war when the
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Jorg
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
The first (and, sadly, last) Bernie Gunther novel is not a great Bernie Gunther novel, nor is it a great mystery. But it is something different: a chance to look in on the writing process, and a great source for aspiring writers. Sadly, Kerr was unable to finish the novel, and we are presented with what is essentially a very rough draft. Plot lines appear out of nowhere and disappear just as abruptly; in the finished version they would either conclude their arc or be disposed of entirely. The di ...more
Christian Mckenna
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to miss Bernie 🙁 he has been a constant companion and addresses a number of wrongs we still battle ever day! Philip Kerr you will be missed.
Kathy
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, the final book by Philip Kerr, was crafted in somber notes with the clash of cymbals now and then as Bernie Gunther leaves Vice for Berlin's Murder Squad in the dark between times of 1928. Veteran of the Great War, maintaining his stand for fighting crime between dueling factions of police allegiances, Bernie struggles with some personal demons as he investigates gruesome murders of young women. The murderer taunts the police force with letters to newspapers, adding pressure for results. A ...more
Nick Brett
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was devastated when author Philip Kerr died at the far too early age of 62. He was an exceptional writer and his series featuring anti-hero Bernie Gunther was just brilliant. He completed this just before he died so it was, in a way, a final gift to his readers.
The Bernie stories jump about his personal timeline, WW2 Germany being a kind of anchor but the books do move post Nazi Germany and pre Nazi Germany. This one goes back to Bernie’s early days on the Berlin murder squad. It is 1928 and G
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The Real Book Spy
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beloved New York Times bestselling author Philip Kerr (1956-2018) takes readers back in time to 1928, providing an origin story of sorts for Bernie Gunther, in what’ll be his final novel following his untimely passing last year.

It’s summer in Berlin, and someone is killing prostitutes in gruesome, torturous fashion. After catching the eye of his higher-ups, who think he could one day blossom into a gifted detective, Bernie Gunther is finally called up the big leagues. Upon receiving his summons
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A.K. Kulshreshth
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant Bernie Gunther novel. I liked the weaving in of bits of plotting of Fritz Lang's movie "M". Not surprisingly, it seems Bernie played quite a role in shaping that landmark film... Even by Philip Kerr's high standards, this book had a particularly interesting bit of social commentary in a bit where Gunther works undercover. As usual, there are some coincidences that wouldn't make sense in real life, and as usual us Bernie Gunther fans will overlook them.

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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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