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4.0 out of 5 stars Gunther in Katyn Wood
The 9th Bernie Gunther tale is one of the better ones. The author again places his roguish Berlin detective in a real historical situation, with real historical characters. This limits the degree of surprise [Gunther can't affect the outcome of the Battle of Kursk etc.] and it does mean that the murders the policeman tackles are but drops in an ocean of trouble. On this...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bernie can do better.
Kerr's Bernie Gunther series is becoming increasingly hit and miss, and I'm afraid that this book, though quite enjoyable, was overlong and had some incredibly creaky sections. As others have suggested, the romantic interest is little short of risible, there purely to add a little colour and variety to the story: in terms of plot, it has no relevance whatsoever, and is...
Published 15 months ago by S. J. Williams


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4.0 out of 5 stars Gunther in Katyn Wood, 14 July 2013
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The 9th Bernie Gunther tale is one of the better ones. The author again places his roguish Berlin detective in a real historical situation, with real historical characters. This limits the degree of surprise [Gunther can't affect the outcome of the Battle of Kursk etc.] and it does mean that the murders the policeman tackles are but drops in an ocean of trouble. On this occasion he is sent to Katyn, where we know now the Soviet secret police massacred Polish army officers. The bodies have just been discovered [1943]. Goebbels wants to publicise the atrocity and divide the Allies. Bernie is given the task of seeing this goes to plan.
He wonders what the point is anyway given that Nazi atrocities in the same area are much worse. He finds himself caught between the various agencies of the Nazi state each pursuing their own agenda. Plots are being hatched against the Leader. The Red Army begins what will be its long march to Berlin. Meanwhile people are turning up with their throats cut. Needless to say, Gunther gets to the bottom of it as well as having a brief fling with a forensic pathologist, as one does.
Kerr gets a lot of authentic detail of the period in. He also is very informative about the true history, including very recent research by Paul Preston The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain.
His hero does very much read like a US private investigator of the 50s, and at times his humorous asides don't quite fit. There remains, too, the problem of Bernie himself - while working for the Third Reich he has to disavow everything it stood for, and this stretches plausibility. But he's still a good read.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bernie can do better., 20 April 2013
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S. J. Williams "stevejw2" (Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Kerr's Bernie Gunther series is becoming increasingly hit and miss, and I'm afraid that this book, though quite enjoyable, was overlong and had some incredibly creaky sections. As others have suggested, the romantic interest is little short of risible, there purely to add a little colour and variety to the story: in terms of plot, it has no relevance whatsoever, and is utterly mechanical. One minute Bernie lusts, then is in love, then isn't, then feels bereft ...... I just don't care!

The other really weak section is the solution, which is driven only by the need to keep Bernie alive rather than any function of the plot or character - one minute all is lost then suddenly all is OK. Ta daaaaaa!

I thought 'Prague Fatale' something of a return to form, but I think Kerr's increasing reliance on big stories and big figures from Nazi Germany and WW2, as here with the Katyn Massacre, is a mistake as it weighs down the plot with historical apparatus at the expense of a really interesting thriller. Here, there's enough to keep the flagging fan of the series turning the pages, but another couple like this would turn an interesting and innovative series into pot boiling airport fodder. That would be a real pity: better to kill Bernie off than become so formulaic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good. Not quite as good as his early ones, 11 July 2014
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Good. Not quite as good as his early ones, but still well worth the read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 10 July 2014
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Grimly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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Another hit
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Brnie Gunther - great!, 30 Jun 2014
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As with Philip Kerr's other books quite brilliant story wholly linked with an in depthknowledge of the politics of Nazi Gernmany. Highly recommnded - read them all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 25 Jun 2014
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Have read all the Bernie Gunther novels and enjoyed them all. This is no exception. Hope there will be more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little Disappointing, 9 Jun 2014
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I have read all the Bernie Gunther novels & this one while being worth a read is not one of Kerrs best, it is a little too formulaic & predictable although the subject matter & location (Katyn wood) do not lend themselves to the same level of excitement as perhaps Berlin, Paris & Havanna do.

Basically, if you have read all the other Gunther novels, you will read this too because you will not be able to resist it, such is the draw of Gunther, however if you have not read any of them before this would not be the one to start with, try them in order or "If the Dead Rise not."
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read., 9 Jun 2014
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Very good read but not quite up to the suspense of his previous books. But he maintains accurate detail in his accounts of
Berlin & WWII.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing, 29 Mar 2014
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I like the way Philip Kerr writes and I enjoy Bernie Gunther as a character, but I found the storyline a bit of a stretch, even though it is based on historical facts.
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