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Berlin Noir: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, 1-3)

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Bernie Gunther, who left the Kriminal Polizei because of politics taking precedent over justice, is the tough, wise-cracking P. It's a world where it's hard to hold on to honor; however, Gunther understands that honor has no boundaries, even when the Reich attempts to set them. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

There are people feeling like that now, but since society doesn't accept it, they either hide it or they are being judged. Like most hard-boiled detectives, he's got a dry wisecrack for every situation, though he's better at it than most and I actually found myself laughing out loud at many of his comments. I stuck with it for more than a hundred pages but in the end, I wasn’t interested enough to continue. But this series is full of humor, some of it quite ribald, much of it quite mordant, as you might expect, given that Bernie lives through some pretty ugly times.

However, not even Gunther can avoid being embroiled in cases peopled by the likes of Himmler, Goebbels and Heydrich.

What Bernie discovers is far worse than a lone madman: an occult conspiracy at the very heart of the Nazi Party. And even after the war, amidst the decayed, imperial splendour of Vienna, Bernie uncovered a legacy that made the wartime atrocities look lily-white in comparison . A very tangled plot leads Bernie to take on the identity of another war criminal and fall victim to one of the Jewish vengeance squads roaming post-war Europe. By the way, while Kerr has some interesting female characters, there is fair amount of objectivization in the great tradition of noir novels that women readers might take offense to. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance.The following quotes from the first book will either make you cringe or go running for your own copy. Kerr's private detective Gunther is to World War II Berlin what Martin Cruz Smith's Inspector Arkady Renko is to post-Soviet Moscow -- broody antiheroes whose ethics and personal loyalties forever place them at odds with the me-first-morality of their respective environments. The towns like Berlin that were initially “liberated” by the Red Army suffered terrible looting and destruction on the ground. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed.

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