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Greeks Bearing Gifts

(Bernie Gunther #13)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,399 ratings  ·  282 reviews

Bernie Gunther returns in the thirteenth book in the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling series, perfect for fans of John le Carre and Robert Harris.

1957, Munich. Bernie Gunther's latest move in a long string of varied careers sees him working for an insurance company. It makes a kind of sense: both cops and insurance companies have a vested interest in figuring ou

Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Quercus Publishing (first published April 3rd 2018)
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As many of you may be aware of, Philip Kerr passed away too soon at 62 recently. It is with regret and sadness that I say RIP Philip Kerr, who has written one of my all time favourite historical series. In this, the 13th of the Bernie Gunther series, Bernie has acquired a new identity of Christof Ganz, and is working as a mortuary attendant in Munich, 1957. He is pining for Berlin, his home, but knows it is beyond his reach behind the Iron Curtain. He is recognised by a corrupt cop who sees an o ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Regretfully, I did not care much for this 13th Bernie Gunther and that pains me to say because it is the pre-ultimate Bernie Gunther that Philip Kerr has written and, as all Bernie fans will know, Philip Kerr died in the spring of this year.

This Bernie is written in a much too predictable way for my taste. Bernie also did not utter much wise-cracks which is a great pity, as that is his big attraction for me. Perhaps Philip Kerr made a commitment to finish the book and just wanted it over and do
Poor Bernie Gunther keeps getting put in the lion’s den by figures from the past when all he wants to do is hide out in a quiet life. Ambitions are low for him as we encounter him in 1957 Munich working as a hospital morgue attendant and living under an assumed identity. For those who might read this without earlier volumes on his experiences as a criminal investigator in Berlin during the war, Kerr slips in enough backstory to put the new reader into the picture. His talent in solving murders i ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last novel with Bernie Gunther bears all the hallmarks of the previous ones, however, in my opinion it is darker...
Maria Bikaki
Είναι ίσως από τις πιο δύσκολες, αν όχι η πιο δύσκολη κριτική βιβλίου που έχω κάνει τελευταία και αυτό γιατί από τη μια καλούμαι να γράψω τα συναισθήματα που μου άφησε η ανάγνωση του και από την άλλη έχω στα χέρια μου το τελευταίο βιβλίο που κυκλοφόρησε μετά τον αναπάντεχο θάνατο ενός πολύ αγαπημένου μου συγγραφέα και το οποίο κατά διαβολική σύμπτωση διαδραματίζεται στη χώρα μας. Η ιδέα ότι η πένα του Φιλίπ Κερρ σίγησε για πάντα και ότι ο λατρεμένος ήρωας μας Μπέρνι Γκούντερ δε θα ξαναμοιραστεί ...more
Miriam Smith
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was rather worried that when I went into "Greeks Bearing Gifts" by the late author Philip Kerr that it would be aimed at a male audience with a plot line that I may struggle with. I needn't have worried as the story is written with the intention of suiting both male and females readers and a with a plot that was very easy to understand. In fact before we even got to the main plot event, there were a couple of threads that were particularly intriguing and this really piqued my interest for what ...more
Chrissa Vasileiou
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο το περίμενα εδώ και πολύ καιρό. Αρκετό καιρό πριν μάθω την είδηση του πρόωρου θανάτου του Philip Kerr, που έγινε αυτομάτως ένας από τους αγαπημένους μου συγγραφείς από την πρώτη κιόλας στιγμή της "γνωριμίας" μας. Το ήθελα αυτό το βιβλίο με αφιέρωσή του σε κάποια επίσκεψή του στη χώρα μας. Τελικά, έμεινα με την επιθυμία... Και διάβασα το "Φοβού τους Δαναούς" με ένα γλυκόπικρο συναίσθημα απώλειας και τετελεσμένου, αποχαιρετώντας ουσιαστικά τον συγγραφέα του. Παρόλο που δεν ε ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vine
Bernie Gunther has been one of my favourite fictional characters, since I read the first book in the series, “March Violets,” in 1989. Over the years, the series has weaved in and out of Gunther’s life and, as such, this is probably not the best book to start with – even if Philip Kerr does a good job of allowing readers to enter the story at any point. However, the series is such a delight that I would suggest you start at the beginning and immerse yourself in them, in order.

This latest book is
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-brace-2019, ebooks
B.R.A.CE. 2019 Νο 36:Ένα βιβλίο που εκδόθηκε μετά το θάνατο του συγγραφέα ( έκδοση 03/04/18, rip 23/03/18 )

Τι περιπέτεια αυτό το βιβλίο! Ξεκίνησα την ελληνική έκδοση , εκλάπη και συνεχίσαμε με την αγγλική. Το λες και ταλαιπωρία :P

Δεν είναι το κύκνειο άσμα του Μπέρνι ( θα ακολουθήσει άλλο ένα, το Metropolis το οποίο θα μας γυρίσει όμως στο 1928) αλλά δεν μπορούσα να μην νιώθω περίεργα. Ένα συναίσθημα που το ενίσχυσε το γεγονός πως το βιβλίο διαδραματίζεται σε ελληνικό έδαφος και σε μία δύσκολ
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The news of Philip Kerr's death on 23 March 2018 made reading 'Greeks Bearing Gifts' bitter sweet. A new Bernie Gunther novel is always cause for celebration however the knowledge that 'Greeks Bearing Gifts' is the penultimate novel is very sad. 'Greeks Bearing Gifts' ends with Bernie considering the tantalising prospect of working to capture Nazi war criminals.

From mid-October 2016 through to early January 2017 I read all eleven of the Bernie Gunther series. In March 2017, 'Prussian Blue' a 12
Το τελευταίο, χρονολογικά, βιβλίο της σειράς βρίσκει τον αγαπημένο μας Bernie Gunther το 1957 να εργάζεται σε νεκροτομείο του Μόναχου, όταν ένας φίλος από τα παλιά του βρίσκει νέα δουλειά σε κορυφαία ασφαλιστική εταιρία. Μια υπόθεση ναυαγίου θα τον οδηγήσει στην Ελλάδα όπου αναμενόμενα θα μπει σε μπελάδες και θα του πάρουν το διαβατήριο. Για να μπορέσει, λοιπόν, να επιστρέψει στη Γερμανία, πρέπει να συνεργαστεί με τον υπαστυνόμο Λεβέντη (όνομα και πράμα) και να βρει τη λύση της υπόθεσης.

Ένα από
Today I had a mailman bearing gifts which was very welcome. I did order this book on the evening of the 23rd of March not knowing that the great writer did die that day. Which makes this a buy with a weird feeling afterwards. I will start this novel with the knowledge that Philip Kerr did finish the final installment he wrote of the Bernie Gunter series so it is not yet Goodbye Bernie Gunther yet.

This time we find Bernie working as a morgue attendant in a Munich hospital of course under a differ
Maria Altiki
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Αυτό που με γοητεύει πάντα στα βιβλία του Kerr είναι ότι μοιάζουν με παράθυρα στην ιστορία του Β’ παγκόσμιου πολέμου. Όταν τα ανοίγω με μεταφέρουν σε διάφορα κομμάτια της ιστορίας αυτής. Δεν είναι τόσο το δέσιμο της μυθοπλασίας με τον ρεαλισμό, με τα υπαρκτά θηρία που ήταν οι ναζί και τις ιστορίες που διηγείται το βιβλίο, όσο ότι μπαίνω στην διαδικασία να ψάξω να δω τα πρόσωπα τους, να δω την δράση τους και την κατάληξη τους. Με λύπη διαπιστώνω τις περισσότερες φορές ότι την γλύτωσαν. Την γλύτωσ ...more
Twelve Years After

Every time I pick up a Philip Kerr novel, I wonder how I never came across this author before and how quickly I will devour his catalog. There is a depth and sophistication in his Bernie Gunther novels that is rare to find. Greeks Bearing Gifts is chronologically the last of his Gunther novels although The don-to-be-released Metropolis is almost a prequel to the series. Gunther was a German homicide detective who became a policeman in the waning years of the Weimar Republic an
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, crime, mystery
Greeks Bearing Gifts is book 13 in the Bernie Gunther series by Philip Kerr. It is 1957, and Bernie Gunther is now working as an insurance investigator under the name of Christof Ganz. MRE Insurance sent Christof Ganz to investigate the insurances claim for a sinking ship "Doris" off the coast of Greece. However, Christof Ganz was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got arrested by Greek police. The readers of Greeks Bearing Gifts will continue to follow the twists and turns to find out wha ...more
Toni Osborne
Book # 13, in the Bernie Gunther series

“Greeks” opens in 1957, Bernie has shed his badge and gun and has created a new cover, has grown a beard and has taken a new name, Christof Ganz, a nobody with no connection with the police and even less with the Third Reich. He finds himself taking a new job as a claims adjuster investigating a fire in Athens that has sunk a small ship.

By now we well know that Bernie has a history that includes more than passing acquaintance with mass murder and evil. In
Steven Z.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Philip Kerr’s thirteenth installment of his successful Bernie Gunther series we find the former Nazi/German detective living in Munich under the assumed name Christof Ganz working as a “mortuary attendant,” which Gunther viewed as an acceptable form of penance based on what he had done during the war. Gunther’s soul had been poisoned between 1933 and 1945 and since that time he has done his best to maintain a sense of humanity by assuming different names and occupations. GREEKS BEARING GIFTS ...more
Κατώτερο των προσδοκιών μου. Αν και είναι αβανταδόρικο , αφού το μισό βιβλίο διαδραματίζεται σε Αθήνα, Σπέτσες, κλπ, δεν με ικανοποίησε όσο τα προηγούμενα με τον ίδιο ήρωα.
Nick Brett
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new Bernie Gunther book is always to be savoured. Amazingly this is number thirteen, but no unlucky dip in quality here.
It’s 1957 and Bernie starts off in Munich but finds himself in the insurance business and sent over to Greece to investigate a claim. As always his past has a horrible habit of catching up with him and Greece is not so far removed from the horrors of WW2 and Nazi occupation. At a time when Europe is looking to a joined up future with the formation of the EEC there are those w
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Δείτε επίσης και στο Chill and read

Η μοίρα τα έφερε έτσι ώστε το “Φοβού τους Δαναούς” να είναι η τελευταία ιστορία του αγαπημένου ήρωα Μπέρνι Γκούντερ, αφού ο συγγραφέας του, Philip Kerr, έμελλε να φύγει από τη ζωή το Μάρτη του 2018. Κρίμα, γιατί φαίνεται πως ο Kerr είχε ήδη στο μυαλό του την επόμενη περιπέτεια του Γκούντερ.

Βρισκόμαστε στο 1957. Ο Μπέρνι, μετά τη εμπειρία που είχε με τη Στάζι στο προηγούμενο βιβλίο Prussian Blue, βρίσκεται πλέον στο Μόναχο με άλλη ταυτότητα. Είναι πλέον ο Κρίστο
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this one as much as the other five Gunther books I have read. It depressed me a bit. It also made me smile now and then, wondering why Kerr granted such a breadth of classical knowledge to any old character he happened to think up. Yes, Gunther is forever sardonic and the dialogue is more important than the action here. As a central focus, we are introduced to the atrocities done toward Jews in Greece.
Bernie starts us off serving as a lowly mortuary assistant, but is then tapped f
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

It's 1957, and Bernie Gunther is hiding out as a minor functionary for an insurance company. He gets sent to Greece, still roiling from its civil war, to investigate the death of a former SS officer. As he investigates, he forms an alliance with a Greek policeman, and finds the SS officer was murdered in a similar manner to another murder during WWII.

Pretty good stuff.
Fenia Vazaka
Είμαι κάπου ανάμεσα στο 2 και στο 3...
Σίγουρα δεν συγκλονίστηκα. Το περίμενα διαφορετικό, με περισσότερη αγωνία και δράση, αλλά τελικά μπορώ να πω ότι σχεδόν βαρέθηκα. Η πλοκή εξελίσσεται αργά, μπλέκονται πολλοί άσχετοι ήρωες στο σενάριο (π.χ. όλη η ιστορία με τον Schramma θα μπορούσε να απουσιάζει τελείως) και πολλά από αυτά που γίνονται είναι απίστευτα. Δεν ξέρω πώς θα φανούν σε έναν ξένο, που δεν γνωρίζει την ελληνική νοοτροπία ή το κλίμα εκείνης της εποχής, αλλά για μένα τουλάχιστον φάνηκε τ
Maine Colonial
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, world-war-ii
Thanks to the publisher for providing a free limited-time e-ARC via Netgalley.

At the start of the 13th book in the Bernie Gunther series, it’s 1957 and Bernie is living in Munich under the false name Christoph Ganz. He’s working as a mortuary assistant until an acquaintance gets him a job as an insurance adjuster at the prominent company Munich RE. That’s a big step up in pay, but whenever anything good happens to Bernie, it inevitably turns out to come at a price.

After impressing his superiors
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Munich 1957 and Bernie Gunther is keeping a low profile, working as a mortuary attendant in a local hospital under the name Christof Ganz.. But a chance encounter with a corrupt Munich policeman leads to him being coerced into a robbery in which two men are killed. Bernie manages to avoid further trouble and is hired by a large insurance firm as a claims adjuster. He ends up in Athens, investigating a fire which led to the sinking of a yacht owned by a German diver, Siegried Witzel. This ship on ...more
I won this book, and for that I'm very happy and do appreciate the Goodreads giveaway program. They have introduced me to some terrific writers and great stories.

Ok, I gave this another go, and on the FOURTH try, read the entire book. Here's the thing, I don't think this is the book for me, especially when I note all the other high ratings.

It's the story of Bernie Gunther, a former German police officer and member of the SS...

(I think he was in the SS, though I wasn't quite sure of that as this
Vassiliki Dass
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πολλά και αναμεικτα τα συναισθηματα διαβαζοντας αυτό το προτελευταιο βιβλιο του Κερρ, σίγουρα εξαιτίας του απρόσμενου θανάτου του αλλά και του γεγονότος ότι είναι αφιερωμενο στην χώρα μας. Είναι πρώτα απ’ όλα ένα θαυμασιο ιστορικό αστυνομικό που δικαιώνει την φήμη του Μπέρνυ Γκούντερ, πιστό στον χαρακτήρα του ήρωα και προσφέροντάς του στις τελευταίες σελίδες την απαραίτητη εξέλιξη προς το μέλλον το οποιο θα διαβάσουμε άραγε στο ανέκδοτο ακομη Μετρόπολις, πριν τον αποχαιρετήσουμε για πάντα; Ε
A.K. Kulshreshth
A hardened ex-cop, master of repartee, tough-talking but with a heart of gold. Aforesaid ex-cop meets beautiful, full-bodied women who fall for him (or do they?) in *every* story. Of course he has to cross villains of all kinds, including the Nazi leadership.

Sounds tawdry... But Mr. Kerr took a genre that has been done to death, and took it to incredible heights. The Bernie Gunther series has great setting, character, dialogue and - most of all - voice. I find some plot points a bit weak, but I
Greg Strom
May 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Beware Greeks bearing books as gifts.

"there are breasts that look wrong and ungainly and breasts calculated to make a cigarette fall from your mouth, like the breasts that belonged to Miss Panatoniou" -Bernie Gunther

Well isn't that special

A story about an insurance claims adjuster set in 1957 Germany and Greece.
I know sounds fascinating.
Turned out to be a long, convoluted, and boring story.
I felt like Sisyphus reading this book. I get to what i think is the end then realize i'm back to page one.
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