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Bernie Gunther Is Simply Genius !
on 17 May 2016
At last a hero you can learn to love and root for.
Unlike the stereotypical damaged detective created by so many of today's authors, Gunther has a real reason to be sad but his ability to see good in people saves his soul and gives these noir tales the same sense of optimism that was evident in Raymond Chandler's work.
As a consequence, Gunther is a guy you'd like to share a joke and a drink with. Yes, he's damaged goods but it wasn't of his making and despite the occasional suicidal thought, he's not about to give up on life just yet.
This sets him apart from some other fictional creations that are frankly so depressing you'd run a mile if they walked into your bar.
Beyond his main character, Kerr's Gunther novels are historical thrillers of the highest order. He seamlessly weaves real events into his tales and his descriptions of a war torn Germany are absolutely fascinating.
This one is particularly deftly plotted and will have you turning the pages into the wee hours.
Comparisons for authors of Kerr's standing are often redundant but if I had to make one, it would be with Len Deighton and there can be no higher praise than that.
Simply brilliant - read this and you'll read them all.