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Berlin, A Novel (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Pierre Frei
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"Berlin is: 'Startling and convincing... One of the best novels I've ever read set in this era' John Lawton, author of Black Out. 'Pierre Frei's Berlin is hugely absorbing, entertaining and, at times, moving read and should appeal to fans of Harris, Deighton and Le Carre, amongst others.' Tom Bradby 'An ambitious novel, filled with brilliantly drawn characters, mesmerisingly readable and disturbingly convincing.' Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph 'In the end it is Berlin itself, the city and its inhabitants, meticulously observed and depicted, that emerges as the true star of the story, flawed, cruel, seductively engaging and all too human. This is its best evocation since Len Deighton's Winter.' Peter Millar, The Times"


Occupied Berlin, 1945, American Sector. A young man inadvertently uncovers the body of a beautiful young woman trapped under a subway station: she has been sexually abused and strangled with a chain. In the scramble to identify the body, the victim is mistaken for an American and a local investigation becomes a matter for the US Military police. When the bodies of other young women are discovered it becomes clear that this is no isolated act of violence.

Daring, atmospheric and taut, Pierre Frei has fashioned a gripping thriller from the wreckage of Berlin. There is a powerful pulse buried deep in the rubble. The fighting may be over, but the killing goes on.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 754 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 432 Seiten
  • Verlag: Atlantic Books; Auflage: New edition (20. Juli 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009E9L4OY
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #111.592 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A very good who-dunnit book! 15. Juli 2006
It's becoming quite the trend these days to write books based on the aftermath of the war in Berlin. It was only not too long ago that "A Woman in Berlin" came out. This book is actually quite good although it took me a while to really get into it.

A murdered woman is found on the tracks of a subway station and a search of her bag reveals her to be a German employee of the US Army in Berlin. The investigation is handed over by the US Army to Berlin detectives who are still struggling to get their department back together after the devastation of the war. A witness comes forward to report a man on a motorbike wearing a trenchcoat and a pair of goggles and the detectives soon realise that this figure was in fact the murderer.

As they investigate further, the detectives realise that the murderer has killed many times before and they discover that they are dealing in fact with a bona fide serial killer. He managed to avoid detection for so long because the Nazi regime hushed it up to avoid looking bad in the eyes of the world.

The book goes like this - a victim is found and then the story goes back in time and we discover what the victim's life was like - what they did as a job, who their friends and lovers were and how they got to be working for the US Army in the end. In between those chapters, the detectives are investigating the deaths with the help of the US Military Police and we finally discover who the murderer is.

The tension gets ramped up when the murderer is stalking a potential victim and this potential victim happens to be dating the US military police captain who is running the US-side of the serial killer investigation!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Emerging from the ruins 26. November 2007
Living in Berlin in 1945 was a challenge. Rubble from bombed out buildings was everywhere - people tried to live in the remnants. Negotiating the roads was an obstacle course and transport severely restricted. Food was in limited supply and cigarettes were an important commodity. Frei, who lived in Berlin at that time, and may have crafted one of his characters, teenager Ben, after his own image, paints a vivid picture of how people struggled and survived after the war. Towards the end of 1945 people start to feel that life might be getting better - at least in the western parts of the city. The author's primary subject, though, is not the portrait of a city emerging from the ruins. His narrative concentrates on the hunt for a serial killer and the young women he stalks. The story centers on the American sector and the American administrative compound around "Uncle Tom's Hut", a well known Berlin underground train station. The victims, actual and potential, work in the US compound and have passes that allow them to move outside past the curfew. The same appears to apply to whoever the killer is. This situation forces the US officers reluctantly to work with the German detective, Ben's father, who is charged with the case. Interesting tensions between victor and defeated develop as a result.

Alternating with the chapters that describe the hunt for the mysterious killer are those that narrate the stories of the victims. These descriptions move the book beyond the usual thriller genre. Frei carefully chooses women from very different social strata and backgrounds. They range from an aristocrat to a village girl turned actress to a street kid from a poor housing estate to a young widow trying to protect her disabled child.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interessante Lektüre 19. Dezember 2013
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Das Buch liest sich flüssig und spannend. Wobei die Tatsache, dass es sich um einen Krimi handelt, für mich in der Bewertung eigentlich ziemlich nebensächlich ist. Wirklich interessant fand ich die Geschichten der verschiedenen Opfer, ihre Werdegänge bis zu dem Augenblick, in dem sie ihrem Mörder begegnen. Das ist sehr abwechslungsreich gestaltet, die Personen sind exzellent geschildert, sie erstehen wirklich vor dem geistigen Auge des Lesers.Und da sie ganz unterschiedliche Charaktere sind, geben sie ganz nebenbei einen guten Einblick in die damalige Zeit.Die Auflösung am Schluss mit der Enthüllung des Täters war für mich gar nicht mehr ausschlaggebend. Im Gegenteil, ich muss zugeben, dass ich überhaupt erstmal zurückblättern musste, um die Verbindung herzustellen und zu erkunden, wer denn nun eigentlich dieser Täter war. Das tut der Sache aber keinen Abbruch! Ein gelungenes Buch!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not Furst, Not Kerr, Not Downing, Not Good 11. März 2010
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The writing is not very good. Perhaps that is the fault of the translation. The plot interests somewhat, but the author commits gaffes of fact that make the historical context unbelievable. One example: on 19 April,1945 a young woman books passage on a Lufthansa flight from Lisbon to Berlin! Even assuming that Lufthansa (or any other private airline) was in fact in regular international service during the last month of the war in Europe, the skies between Lisbon and Berlin were rather unfriendly then, filled with American and British fighter planes that roamed at will shooting up anything that moved on the ground or in the air. Particularly in the air and particularly airplanes with swastika insignia. The author attempts credulity by having the airliner attacked but once, by a British Mosquito fighter bomber, which the airline pilot skillfully eludes by flying at tree top level. In truth, even the worst Mosquito pilot, flying an aircraft that could outpace any civilian passenger plane then in existence, would have made mincemeat of the Lufthansa. In another passage, Red Army troops show up (in 1945) wielding "Kalashnikovs," an automatic weapon not invented until 1947. One could go on and on. Historical fiction has to be historical, to begin with, and this one doesn't even come close. Wait for the next Furst.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Atmospherically rich thriller 4. Juli 2009
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This thriller is set in post-WW II Berlin and is full of rich atmospherical detail that transports the reader right into the middle of what life was like back then. The delicate balance between the German population and the allies, the difficulties of everyday life and its scarcities, the detailed and accurate descriptions of the neighborhood where the murders take place - all that helps to create the background for an intriguing thriller that takes a slightly different approach to its genre than most:

Instead of solely focussing on solving the murders of several women, the author also gives us the detailed life stories of the victims which makes for a much more involved reading experience. By the time a woman gets murdered by the unknown perpetrator, the reader knows her and has developed an emotional bond with her. Thus making her murder that much more painful. The reader inevitably develops a much greater interest in finding out who the perp is than if the emphasis were simply on the Whodunit.

Besides nail-biting suspense I have also loved learning so much about this era of German history and how people coped with daily life back then.

I tremendously enjoyed the read - no wonder this thriller was such a bestseller in Germany.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shockingly good! 19. März 2008
Von Jill Meyer - Veröffentlicht auf
I love a great detective story, and this is one. But what separates this story from most novels is the emphasis Frei places on the CRIME VICTIMS.

Four or five blonde women are found murdered in post-war Berlin. A spree-killer is on the loose. The novel centers on the German policeman (and his family) and an American policeman, stationed in the occupied city, who team up to find the killer. But, not neglected are the women who were murdered. All were "fleshed out". All the women had played a role, some large and some small, in anti-Nazi activities during the war. All were on the verge of life-changing events that were cut still by the murderer's chain.

Along with the crime story is an often-humorous story of the German policeman's 15 year old son, playing the angles to try to buy a well-cut suit that will win him the heart - and body - of a hot-to-trot girl. (The tailor's daughter). As the author's note says that author Frei was born in 1930, I wonder if this part was "his" story.

This is a very good book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Clumsy 10. Mai 2010
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Either the writer is an untrained and unskilled beginner with only rudimentary language skills, or the translator is all of the above. Or both. The writing is clumsy, and the exposition is stilted, stunted, and generally incompetent. The psychology behind the killings is childish and ill-formed, and the characters are cartoonish. Other than that, this book is a complete waste of time.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Luducrious 23. November 2010
Von Paul Bondwert - Veröffentlicht auf
This whole story is ridiculous. In 1945, some ten thousand women in Berlin were raped and sometimes murdered by the Red Army. Infant mortality was 60 percent. Allied soldiers shot people at random on the street. Old people were starving. The idea that a functioning police force would investigate a murder is just plain silly.
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