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Publisher's Summary

Here's a supremely disturbing thriller set in the ruins of the Third Reich by an internationally acclaimed master of historical suspense. 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's in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer. Amid decaying imperial splendor, he traces concentric circles 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 listeners hostage.
©1991 Philip Kerr (P)2008 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"Kerr has the talent to....take you places you have never been." ( The Washington Post Book World)
"Echoes of Raymond Chandler but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master." ( London Evening Standard)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew Stone on 03-05-09

More than just a mystery/thriller

The book is very interesting. It depicts the people trying to survive after WWII and the occupation of both the USA and USSR. The writing depicting this period is much better than any movie I've seen showing this period. Additionally, the perspective is unique, because it is not the story of GIs in post war Germany.

The plot is very good and never got boring (espionage). It was realistic in that bad things happened to 'good' characters...

What makes this a great book is the setting, the characters, and author's depth of knowledge of the period and expressing the subtleties in his writing. I read this book before March of Violets (March of Violets is set in 1936). Each book stands on it's own and I would say I liked this book better.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Armen on 03-15-09

The Best

There is no current writer who comes close to Kerr in evoking an historical period - and to telling a great story with vivid characters and delightful plot twists - read this book, or better listen to it. It's one of the best.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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