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Not quite a sharp as the trilogy, but welcome back Bernie!,
This review is from: The One From The Other: Bernie Gunther Thriller 4: A Bernie Gunther Mystery (Bernie Gunther Mystery 4) (Paperback)
This is a real surprise, to see Kerr's famous hard-bitten Berlin gumshoe back among the ruins and moral wreckage of post-war Germany and Austria.
If you know the 'Berlin Noir' trilogy, you'll know how well Kerr transferred the authentic voice of Chandler and Hammett into the mouth of Bernie Gunther, sometime officer in the Berlin KRIPO, sometime private eye. Kerr produced two excellent thrillers with Gunther in Nazi Berlin, before moving him post-war to shattered Vienna.
This isn't quite as sharp as those three excellent crime novels, but is a page-turner nevertheless. Kerr weaves his research on war criminals, Israeli revenge gangs, Nazi contact with Zionist Palestine and radical Islamic groups, and the horrors of Nazi (and shockingly US) medical research on prisoners and mental patients, into a compelling plot which drifts a little close to the improbable without ever quite getting there.
A sequel is in the offing, and this book's conclusion strongly suggests it's theme. A great read, and true to the spirit of 'Berlin Noir'. It doesn't look like Bernie's going to get a quiet retirement...