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  • Great

    Another great Bernie Gunther story, sadly the last as Phillip Kerr died before the book was published.

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  • Good but not his best.

    Good enough but far from the best Bernie Gunther novels. Characaters generally not as convincing as before. As this is a post-war setting, there isn't so much of the historical context which added gravitas to earlier stories. Still an enjoyable read though. Sadly his last.

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  • Interessante kijk

    Je blijft de boeken lezen! De geschiedenis komt op een heel andere wijze tot leven.

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  • A fitting finale for a great writer

    I have enjoyed all of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels. Initially, it was his Chandleresque style of dialogue and humour that caught the ear, but a few books in I began to see what a superb writer he was. The comparison with Chandler is interesting. That classic writer chose "Bay City" for his hero's escapades - a largely blank canvass to work on. Kerr set himself the much harder task of fitting his stories around the heday of the Third Reich, a period littered with more amateur historians than you could shake a deathshead dagger at. What I found truly amazing was that he created such a sympathetic character out of his Berlin policeman. There is plenty of dirty-dealing and a fair amount of violence in these books but they are astonishingly warm and uplifting in the circumstances. If anything, the reader is amazed at the continuingly generous humanity of a man under such dire presssure. In the best books, the Chandler wisecracking is diminished as the narrative becomes more compelling. I was very sorry to hear of the author's recent death. This isn't his best book, but it is a satisfying conclusion to this great series.

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  • Kerr the magnificent

    I am still reading this, and am enthralled. The late Philip Kerr was an amazing author and Gunther is a wonderful character

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