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The Pale Criminal by Philip Kerr
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Aug 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2011, mystery-thriller

This is the second novel in the Berlin Noir series featuring Bernie Gunther. this second novel is set just before the outbreak of WWII. It is a murder mystery set around a plot to kill young German girls. The author drops a lot of names familiar to those interested in the time period - Himmler, Heydrich, and others. He does a good job of setting the atmosphere; a chilling, depressing place to be. This novel builds on the character in the first novel, March Violets, but can stand as an independent work.

I'm a fan of Alan Furst and love his work set in this same era. Kerr does a good job of evoking much of the feeling. I still think Furst is better but this is an interesting novel and I will continue to read his work.

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