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Berlin Noir - An Excellent Read.,
This review is from: Berlin Noir ('March Violets', 'The Pale Criminal' and 'A German Requiem') (Penguin Crime/Mystery) (Paperback)
I was introduced to Philip Kerr's book "Berlin Noir" by my eldest son, an avid reader who is always willing to share a good read with his Dad. The style of the book represents a refreshing departure for me in that my preferred choice of reading matter is invariably non-fictional and factual. I have been totally absorbed by the historical context of "Berlin Noir" and the work of the main character,one Bernhard Gunther, in a Germany on the brink of war and so heavily influenced by the all pervasive philosophy of National Socialism.
The three books making up "Berlin Noir" are all fast moving and have kept me awake at night impatiently wanting to discover the outcomes of Bernhard Gunther's investigations. I have always been passionately interested in modern history and have really enjoyed the ways in which Philip Kerr has interwoven psychological, geographical and political elements into the life work of a private investigator. The author demonstrates a rather unnerving and discomforting skill of integrating the reader into situations which become "normal" in an "everyday" and "today" sense, leaving the reader asking the question "How would I have behaved in this situation?"
The book has left me urgently wanting to move on to the following two books by Philip Kerr - "The One From The Other" and "The Quiet Flame". I have also found myself wanting to return to Berlin to explore this remarkable city with fresh eyes.