If The Dead Rise Not
Berlin, 1934: The Nazis have secured the 1936 Olympiad for the city but are facing foreign resistance. Hitler and Avery Brundage, the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, have connived to soft-pedal Nazi anti- Semitism and convince America to participate. Bernie Gunt...more
At the end of the fourth novel, Kerr had Gunther flee Europe ...more
Is the phrase “let sleeping dogs lie” one which exists in German as well as English?
Philip Kerr’s novel inadvertently raises these questions. It’s something which – I suppose – is always possible when an English author writes a first-person narration from the point of view of a character from a completely different cultural tradition (in this case an ex-cop in Nazi Germany). Firstly, our hero notes that he and his companion are ...more
And it all boiled down to two major issues I had with this novel.
The book was divided into two parts. The first part takes place in 1934 in Berlin and finds Gunther dealing with American gangsters, a beautiful journalist, corrupt Nazis, oppressed Jews and washed up boxers. The story rattles along ...more
We meet Bernie Gunther in 1934 Berlin where he no longer works as a homicide detective due to a difference in general opinion when it comes to matters of the Third Reich. Gunther is no card carrying member of Nazi party and finds them terrible people, and that is also why he no longerworks for the State. He is now the house detective of hotel Adlon where his principles ...more
This is the first of the Bernie Gunther series I've read - I was given a few and this one had the earliest chronological date, with Berlin 1934. Turns out it's number six, but that didn't seem to make a significant impact.
Gunther is a hard boiled, hard drinking hotel detective, looking to private. He's everything you'd expect in a stereotypical noir detective. And he hates the Nazis. Hell he really hates them. He'll tell, you, he'll ...more
I feel defensive twinges when I read Kerr--the only people he hates more than Nazis is Americans--a constant thread in his writing. ...more
Gunther is a tough, cynical and wise-cracking ex-homicide detective. If you thought Lee Child’s Reacher or Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe were cynical and hard men, wait until you meet Bernie Gunther. He’s ruthless, ...more
This Berlin-noir crime story transcends 1934 anti-semitic Germany, increasingly brutal and controlling , through to, some twenty year later, the corruption of partying, pre-revolutionary Cuba.
Gunther, a former police detective is perhaps the most cynical of detectives. Now working as a hotel detective, having been unable to remain in the Nazi Party dominated police, Gunther becomes ...more
But alas, a lot missed the mark for me. The wide-cracking was often amusing, but became rather ...more
Alas this series has simply been extended too far. Gunther's reinvention in the first part of the book just makes no sense to anyone who read the first book in the series. It is also tediously long. The Cuba part is ok but frankly has been done before and the final twist added nothing. Not sure I will bother any other books in the series which is a shame because the early books are great.
I liked the Berlin setup though and might well consider another book. This is number 7 in the series and maybe that was part of the problem, rather than starting earlier