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Book Review: Philip Kerr The One From The Other (Bernie Gunther #4) * * * *




Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Country
United Kingdom 
Writers
Philip Kerr 
Publisher

Sub Genre
Historical 
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Plot Summary
The One From The Other is the fourth novel in the Bernie Gunther series by author Philip Kerr.  With the death of his second wife and a failing hotel on his hands Bernie returns to the only thing he knew how and was any good at: being a private detective.  This time he sets up in Munich.  After a couple of seemingly easy cases Bernie is beaten up and taken to a hospital.  While there he is employed on the seemingly simple task of impersonating a friend (who he looks like) and collecting his inheritance as the person is in a wheelchair unable to travel.  When he gets to Vienna he finds that the case is anything but simple when his previous clients start turning up dead and he is wanted for their murders.

#3 A German Requiem

#5 A Quiet Flame

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My Review
This book is an excellent hard boiled detective novel.  Philip Kerr continues his solid Bernie Gunther series with writing that is straight out of the Chandler school of detective novels.  Philip Kerr has created a Berlin hardboiled scene with Bernie Gunther.  Gunther is also one of the few German detectives in mainstream crime fiction.

Kerr does an excellent job of weaving together multiple actors and characters all of whom have their own agenda.  Set in Germany during the 1950's it also tells the story of that country's post world war situation and the melting pot of political ideas, criminal activities and the Allied occupation.  Bernie has to navigate a murky world of American intelligence, networks of Nazi sympathisers and Jewish hitmen out for revenge.  It is an era which most German writes won't go near.  The book itself is a bit of a slow burner though.  It starts to pick up towards the end and actually this doesn't pose a problem to the reader.




#3 A German Requiem

#5 A Quiet Flame
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In The Series

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 March Violets

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 #2 
The Pale Criminal

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 A German Requiem
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 #4 
 The One From The Other
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 A Quiet Flame

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 #6
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#8
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#9
A Man Without Breath
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