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Poor stuff from BG
20 July 2012
Another Bernie Gunter novel by Phillip Kerr takes us back in time to the wartime career of the non-nazi gumshoe. Certainly better than more recent post war outings from Gunter but the plot and the exposure of the hero to the upper echelons of the Nazi party start to appear slightly ridiculous.
Full of interesting details re Prague in WWII but are we really expected to believe that this Marlow-esq character would interact with the thugs of the third reich in this way? So far in the series Gunter has been involved with Heydrich, Goering, Eichman, Udet et al without sinking into the facist mire. OK so Gunter drinks a lot because of various traumas whilst operating on the Eatern front but don't most fictional detectives drink too much?
Presumably the next instalment will find him employed by Adolf to find Eva Brauns lost budgie?
The early Gunter novels are good but I think we are getting into the laws of diminishing returns here.