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3 1/2 Stars -- A Decent Read But One I Wouldn't Recommend You Rush Out To Buy It!
on 18 September 2009
A German Requiem is the third book in Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy featuring Bernie Gunther, a tough-talking, hard-drinking, chain-smoking, cynical ex-cop, now private detective. A German Requiem, which takes place in the wreckage of post-WW II Berlin and Vienna, has Gunther infiltrating a group of ex-Nazis to resolve a possible murder frame-up of an ex-colleague of his. Kerr excels in describing the atmosphere during this time period and has developed several multidimensional and, for the most part, interesting characters. With a faster-paced plot, I would have given A German Requiem a 4-4 1/2 star rating. However, the plot, while enjoyable, moved at too slow a pace for me to maintain a strong interest in its outcome; and consequently, resulted in my overall rating of 3 1/2 stars. Let me be clear that A German Requiem is a decent read and would likely be very appealing to readers of the first two books in Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy as well as to fans of Raymond Chandler, Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe mysteries. However, at no time did the book have me on the edge of my seat to find out what happens next. If you decide to read A German Requiem I'd suggest you borrow it from the library rather than buying it.