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The Pale Criminal by Philip Kerr
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Jun 25, 2012

really liked it

It's 1938 and Bernie Gunther is still working as a private investigator. The Nazi regime has only gotten more openly despicable and he's even more tired of their excesses than he was in March Violets.

The wisecracking lines are less in evidence here, and the book is all the better for it. Now Bernie needs to make some hard choices, not between good and evil, but between bad, worse and worst as he investigates blackmail of a client's homosexual son, the murder of his partner and ultimately a series gruesome murders of teenage girls. Solving the mystery will force him to navigate the treacherous waters of the highest levels of the Nazi hierarchy. Can he stop the onslaught of history or even a serial killer?

The mystery is not a great puzzler, but as with March Violets it's a compelling read that transports to a time and place that is frightening and fascinating. Onto A German Requiem.

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