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Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a policeman in 1930s Berlin and came to know it intimately as a private eye under the Nazis, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime.Now the war is over and Gunther is in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer. Amid decaying imperial splendour, he traces sprials of depravity that lead him to a former head of the Gestapo. Gripping, frightening, and pungently atmospheric, A German Requiem demonstrates Philip Kerr's power to take his readers hostage.
©2000 Philip Kerr; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By M. I. Wolfson on 10-03-10


This could have been a good listen but for the fact that the narrator who was supposed to be German had an American accnet which reminds one of the Micky Spillane radio series. Yet the narrator showed that he was quite capable of sounding like German accented English. This spoiled it for me.

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By Rob on 03-24-09


Kerr transposes the classic Noir gumshoe to Nazi Germany adeptly. Superbly read, as usual, by Jeff Harding.

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By Terry_E on 08-23-11

Kerr writes Marlowe!

Having listened to A German Requiem (and thoroughly enjoying it) I couldn't help noting Mr Kerr's homage to Chandler et al (bits of McBain, Elroy as well) being fully displayed in the way the novel worked as I listened to it. Also there was a feel of The Third Man (as well as getting a plug in the actual story) and I loved the way his first person structure depicted the desperate immediate post-war atmosphere of the defeated Germany and Austria through the eyes of Gunter. In the end I was rooting for this poor battered hero as he triumphed over his adversaries while at the same time achieving an almost cathartic closure to his past indiscretions. I wonder if there is (or will be) a sequel to this very accomplished novel. There should be.

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By Fiona on 10-23-10

Well paced post WW2 thriller.

Another excellent thriller set in post WW2 Berlin. It is read and performed very well.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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