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All the books I've read in The Bernie Gunther series have compelling storylines and envelope you in the world and era in which they take place, and this book is no exception. I finished it within two days and was wishing for more by the end.
Unlike some of the recent books in the series, this one takes place entirely within the same period of time and setting, Berlin and Prague during WWII. Without giving too much away, it's another multifaceted mystery that begins in Berlin with Gunther working as an SD investigator after being recalled from the Russian Front. Eventually, he's called to Prague and with the blanket authority of Heidrich, ends up investigating a mass-murdering list of SD and SS officers, all of which are suspects in the murder of a fellow officer. There are some poignant moments and the irony of investigating each of these men for a single murder when they're responsible for so many other deaths already, is well-imprinted on the story.
As narrator, Paul Hecht, is adequate, but after listening to the fantastic work of John Lee in the first books in this series, it's difficult to equate him with Bernie Gunther. He doesn't provide the same kind of intonation or accents to the story. While he doesn't really add to the depth of book, he's at least an adequate narrator that does not distract from the story or make the book difficult to listen to, (which compared to some narrators, is a valuable quality in and of itself).
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I've read nearly all Bernie Gunther series and this one, so far, is my favorite. I read it out of chronological order which posed no problems. As usual, Philip Kerr does a fantastic job of weaving a "can't put it down" book with research which paints a history lesson without a yawn. Loved it! Don't miss this one.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What a shame these books aren't read by Jeff Harding anymore. Paul Hecht reads them so badly that my suspension of disbelief is sorely tested. Paul reads a sentence like he's falling down stairs with a machine gun totally destroying the sense of the narrative with hiccups because he hasn't read ahead.
How could the "director" possibly have let this go?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Kerr does it again. This is N0. 8 in the Bernie Gunther series.Gunther is a a detective, very much the Philip Marlow of the Weimar Republic and during the regime of Hitler. Paul Hecht hits the right notes on the narative. A welcom addition to the series, set in Berlin and Prague with a cast of historical charactors and a view of Germany in the 30's and 40's that feels real. This book - No. * is slightly different from the others - Kerr takes his already well-developed series protagonist Bernie Gunther and inserts him into a "classical" locked-room mystery setup, an almost Agatha Christie set up, but it works.