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1.0 out of 5 stars end of the line, 15 May 2012
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Having already read the previous 4 books in the already weakening series I was hoping that a post war change of direction would be used to good effect in the vein of Bernie Gunther. Instead the bulk of the book was devoted to catching up on what had happened to side characters from the previous books in the form of "I wonder what happened to so and so" before random events and coincidence presented the solution to a problem that would never have crossed the reader's mind.

There was a weak story-line about the black market in post war Berlin which was more of a matter of course rather than an intriguing plot, needless to say the main protagonists became involved through a series of unlikely random events and coincidences.

Other than that there was very little cohesive plot, few characters of interest, old characters became increasingly annoying in their self-righteous views and then the book finishes leaving myself wondering "what was the point of that?".
Overall at best it is a tying up of loose ends (more so for the author than the readers perhaps?)
One star is all it deserves,avoid unless absolutely necessary.
Definitely the end of the line for the "Station" series.
Do not read if you have not read the prior books in the series as it will make little sense.

p.s. this is the first time I have been motivated to review a book.
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Initial post: 24 May 2012 17:15:19 BDT
Ramses says:
Yes, sometimes they'd better stop before it's stale.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 09:59:01 GMT
I wouldn't disagree with that as a general principle, but I don't think this is a stale book. Europe after the war had an atmosphere (and certain new dangers) all of its own and for me "Lehrter Station" does a good job of depicting them.
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