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(Bernie Gunther #14)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  369 ratings  ·  69 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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published April 4th 2019)
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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
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
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Roman Clodia
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
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
Steven Z.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rowena Hoseason
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jill Meyer
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
British author Philip Kerr died of cancer in March, 2018. He was famous for his Bernie Gunther series and had just published his 13th book in the series. Word was that he had just finished his 14th - "Metropolis" - and that it would be ready to print in April 2019. And here it is.

Bernie Gunther was a German soldier on the Eastern Front/a hotel concierge/a "bull" cop at the Alex in Berlin/and an in-house cop at Berlin's Adlon Hotel. Those were the ones I can remember right now; Philip Kerr gave h
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition

Metropolis by Philip Kerr review – the last outing for Bernie Gunther This posthumously published novel sees the world-weary Berlin cop join the murder squad on the eve of the Nazi rise to power
Nick Brett
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kathleen Gray
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've never read the Bernie Gunther series, this is an excellent place to start because it gives us Gunther as a young man in Weimer Germany. Berlin in 1928 was a stew of political intrigue, anti-Semitism, and, for Bernie, murder. He's just moved from vice to homicide and none too soon because there's a serial killer on the loose. This series has explored Bernie and Germany through WWII and beyond so it was fascinating to me, at least, to get Bernie's "origin" story and to read Kerr's take o ...more
The Real Book Spy
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
Keith Currie
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dial M for Murder

Set in Germany’s Weimar Republic this is chronologically the earliest of the Bernie Gunther thrillers. Published in 2019 it is the last to be written by Philip Kerr before his untimely death last year.

In decadent 1920s Berlin, a serial killer, is murdering prostitutes and scalping their corpses. Bernie Gunther, recently enlisted to the homicide team, joins the investigation. Suddenly the murders of the prostitutes stop and instead crippled war veterans become the victims of a mu
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read every Bernie Gunther novel and this one does not disappoint! I was so sad to hear about Philip Kerr's passing but he left us one great going away gift. This novel, is a "prequel" of sorts. It's set in 1928, pre Nazi Germany, and introduces us to young Bernie. He is his characteristic sardonic self, but has not quite reached the peak of his melancholy. You get a little insight into what made Bernie...Bernie.

The murder mystery is a good one, and quite enjoyable to follow. While the plo
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not sure we can say that Philip Kerr knew Metropolis - A Bernie Gunther Novel Book 14 would be the last in an incredible line of books about the Berlin homicide officer who spans a big part of the globe, and has entertained millions. Kerr died March 23, 2018, and Metropolis was issued April 9, 2019. This reads much like Bernie's origin story, although many of the previous books jump back and forth through his chronology. This one does not. Bernie has just gotten his Murder Commission warrant ...more
Rog Petersen
Purchased today, want to ditch what I'm reading to jump right in, but...
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
Ever since I read my first book about Bernie Gunther some years ago, I was hooked. With Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr has created a different hero, in a different time. Bernie Gunther is a homicide detective in Berlin's Kriminalpolizei (Kripo) during the Nazi time. Not an easy task under normal circumstances, and even more so during these turbulent times. That could be why Bernie Gunther is tough, rough and cynical, but with a very special sense of humor.

"He's sardonic, tough-talking, and cynical,
David Prestidge
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First up, Metropolis is a bloody good detective story. The author gives us a credible copper, he lets us see the same clues and evidence that the central character sees and, like all the best writers do, he throws a few false trails in our path and encourages us to follow them. We are in Berlin in the late 1920s. A decade after the German army was defeated on the battlefield and its political leaders presided over a disintegrating home front, some things are beginning to return to normal. Yes, t ...more
Alex  Jones
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 14th book In the Bernie Gunther series, Written before the sad and untimely death of the author Philip Kerr. I actually have most of the series in my tbr pile but this came up on netgalley and caught my interest so here is my review

Set in 1928 , Berlin is a place of debauchery, prostitution, transvestites, bars and sex clubs, drinking is rife, sex is currency, beggars and homeless are everywhere, corrupt cops, anti semitism and drug dealers on the streets. it’s a new Babylon as the a
Lou Jacobs
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a bittersweet experience ... I've just finished reading the last and 14th installment of the beloved Bernie Gunther series. Philip Kerr provides a tour de force entailing Bernie's origins as a 20 + year old policeman offered a promotion to the prestigious Berlin Murder Squad by his boss to be, Bernard Weiss. The scene is the Summer of 1928 .... in the Weimar Republic .... mired in the ever increasing decadence of Berlin as it tries to recover from the humiliating defeat of World War I. Ther ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not even sure where to begin. I have read every Bernie Gunther novel by Philip Kerr. I was so saddened to hear of his death last year, not only because we lost a talented author, but because we would now say goodbye to a character I love. I took my time reading this one. I wanted to enjoy it knowing it was the last.

I guess that if the series had to end this was as good a place as any. The author really showed us where Bernie came from, how he developed his issues, his idiosyncrasies, his be
John Walker
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The origin story of Bernie Gunther. Germany is sliding into control the Nazi's when Bernie gets 'promoted' to the Murder Commission, which seems like a plum job, but its not. and begins Bernie's career has an investigator. There, lots of murder's out there to solve . First some one is murdering prostitutes and scalping them, called 'Winnetou', by the press (from the Karl May western series). When a daughter of a gangster is murdered Bernie is eventually called by the gangster to find the culprit ...more
Mark Robertson
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series will not be disappointed with this final chapter. In Metropolis, Kerr takes us back to 1928 and gives us Bernie's account of his earliest days as a homicide detective in Weimar Berlin. The citizens of Berlin were still recovering from the war, with crippled veterans sharing the streets with hookers and gangsters even as the "ordinary" citizens did whatever they could to make ends meet and fashion some sort of peaceful existence. The Nazis were gaining ...more
Bill Wallace
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So long to Bernie Gunther and to his Watson, Philip Kerr. This final book returns the most noble cop in Germany to his early years, out of Vice and into Murder, working on the case of another apparent sex murderer. The milieu is familiar -- prostitutes, ring gangsters, drugs, and murderous politics. The title appropriately reflects Fritz Lang's classic film, though the layers of society here are more than just the super-rich and the proletarian moles, as much layers of soul as of substance. The ...more
Cj Zawacki
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Germany in 1928, the Nazi movement has begun. Many soldiers are homeless from the First World War. Berlin is a capital of beleaguered citizenship of crime and joblessness, seedy sex clubs and prostitution, criminal gangs and and rackets.

Into this the late Philip Kerr has wrote his last novel, METROPOLIS. A history of the killing of Berlin's prostitutes that has a recently promoted Bernie Gunther to the Murder Commission to solve. Bernie is charged to find the murder of the prostitutes. But than
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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.

Librarian’s note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Other books in the series

Bernie Gunther (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • March Violets (Bernie Gunther, #1)
  • The Pale Criminal (Bernie Gunther, #2)
  • A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, #3)
  • The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4)
  • A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther, #5)
  • If The Dead Rise Not (Bernard Gunther, #6)
  • Field Gray (Bernard Gunther, #7)
  • Prague Fatale (Bernard Gunther, #8)
  • A Man Without Breath (Bernie Gunther #9)
  • The Lady from Zagreb (Bernard Gunther, #10)