41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
At Least As Good As Chandler,
By A Customer
This review is from: Berlin Noir ('March Violets', 'The Pale Criminal' and 'A German Requiem') (Penguin Crime/Mystery) (Paperback)
Picked up this book while browsing in a book store, being a big fan of Chandler and Ellroy etc. it was immediately appealling and proved exceptional, couldn't put it down. An excellent complilation, you really get to know the main character and the research into Berlin life and the rise and effects of the Nazis (appears) very well researched and is convincing. Berlin Requiem starts with a gap of over six with the war over and you are desperate to find out how the anti-Nazi of the early stories (pre-war years) survived. Each of the three story lines are excellently complex yet sufficiently explained to be plausable and certainly based on realistic circumstances. With Himmler dabbling in the black arts and the infighting within the Nazi party, and the Soviets getting the cold war off to a good start in post war Vienna, the plots put major figure heads at the centre where most authors would have feared to tred. I hope the authors other works are as good as I will be buying more. An excellent holiday or travel read, but be aware you may not be much company!