- Taschenbuch: 880 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin; Auflage: UK ed. (7. Juni 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0241962358
- ISBN-13: 978-0241962350
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Berlin Noir: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Juni 2012
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh and read Law at university. He stayed on to read Law and Philosophy as a postgraduate, most of this German, which was when he first became interested in German twentieth century history.
He worked first as a copywriter at a number of advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi, but spent most of his time researching an idea he'd had for a novel about a Berlin-based policeman. And following several trips to Germany - and a great deal of walking around mean streets of Berlin - his first novel, March Violets, was published in 1989 and introduced the world to the iconic tough-talking detective Bernie Gunther.
Since then he has written and published ten universally lauded Bernie Gunther novels, and is currently working on his eleventh. He has won both the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing, and the CWA Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award.
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Ich selbst lese die Bücher in Englisch. Sie sind ein Beispiel dafür, dass es auch in dieser einfachen Sprache möglich ist, alleine an der Sprachgewalt Freude zu haben.
Die Bücher haben einen Berliner Polizisten zum Protagonisten und begleiten ihn durch die Wirren des Dritten Reiches und die Anfänge der Republick. Neben einer interessanten Sprache sind die geschichtlichen Details gut recherchiert und mit der fiktiven Geschichte so verwoben, dass es auch hätte so passieren können.
Langeweile kam beim Lesen nie auf. Die meisten Bücher waren „pageturner“.
To read three volumes of mystery stories in one go is a challenge for any reader, particularly if period and locale are so far away as are Nazi-Berlin in the Thirties and Postwar Vienna. The plots, diverse as they are, have one overriding theme that is how police work is being deformed in totalitarian regimes. Private detective "Bernie" Gunther, ex-police, is the vehicle of this message. In his personal aims and desires, a good life, sex and booze, he is no different from the common man and yet he sticks out for his sense of humanity, fairness and justice. He maintains these values in an adverse environment. How he does it is the sub-plot of the three stories. The stories themselves are fascinating as behooves a thriller. An unusual high number of murders and their links to the powers that be are told with masterly imagination and precision. Criminals and victims, sometimes interchangeable, are described intelligently and with a sound dose of humour. Their actions are always plausible, the circumstances under which they occur seem inevitable. The environment, particularly Berlin, are meticulously described. The streets are, allowing for a few printers' errors, correctly named with the exception of Clayallee which in 1936 war Kronprinzenallee. One wonders how the author, born in Edinburgh in 1956, comes by all these details. Is he perhaps not as Scottish as he appears and is his grandfather perhaps Alfred Kerr, the Berlin theatre critic who had to emigrate to the U,K,?
The books revolve around an ex-Berlin criminal detective called Bernhard "Bernie" Gunther who leaves the police force in 1933 after the rise of Hitler and instead he becomes a private investigator. What makes these books so great is that Philip Kerr gives us a deep and detailed insight into what life was like in 1930's Germany and how your every move could put you in conflict with the Nazi regime.
Berlin Noir is a collection of the three Gunther novels, the first one set in 1936, the second in 1938 and the third in 1948 (in the aftermath of the war). This is one criticism I will make about the books - there is a 10 year time gap between books 2 & 3. I would have thought it'd make sense to write book 3 sometime in the early 1940's and have "A German Requiem" made as book 4 instead. Instead we have a 10 year leap between stories which makes things in book 3 a little disjointed. In book 3, the author briefly describes what happened to Gunther during the war, the fact he served in the SS and Abwehr in Russia before being captured by the Russians & becoming a prisoner of war. That's fine to know but why not write a whole new story around it instead?
OK, let's take a look at each book in turn.
Book one - MARCH VIOLETS - set in the backdrop of the 1936 Olympics, this story introduces us to Gunther and then onto a case where he is hired by a German billionaire to investigate the arson deaths of his daughter and son-in-law. In fact all he actually wants is for Gunther to discover where a precious necklace belonging to his daughter is but it isn't long before Gunther is digging into the family's dirty laundry. Both the daughter and the son-in-law (a rising star in the Nazi Party) were shot repeatedly in the head before the fire started and both the necklace and important papers are missing. The case brings Gunther into violent contact with the Nazis (in the shape of Reinhard Heydrich) and also German organised crime.
Book two - THE PALE CRIMINAL - Gunther is forced by Heydrich to temporarily re-join the Berlin criminal police after a serial killer is on the loose in Berlin, murdering blonde Aryan girls. The police have no leads which is highly embarrassing for the regime so Gunther is pressed back into service with a promotion to the rank of Kommissar. He soon finds that this case reaches into the highest levels of the Nazi Party and he finds himself investigating corrupt SS officials with a sinister agenda...
Book three - A GERMAN REQUIEM - as I said before, this story suffers from a 10 year lapse from book 2. Gunther is now much older, much wiser and also recovering from his experiences in Russia including a stint in a Russian POW camp. He is now back in ruined Berlin with his wife which is under 4 power occupation. Working from his ruined home, Gunther finds out that one of his former police colleagues, Emil Becker, is under arrest in Vienna and faces the death sentence for the murder of a US Army captain who was investigating Nazi war crimes. A friend of Becker, a Russian Intelligence major, coerces Gunther with lots of money into going to Vienna and working with Becker's defence lawyer to prove Becker's innocence. It doesn't help that Becker is now a gangster and a black-marketeer, mixing with the wrong people. Gunther soon comes into contact with a US Intelligence officer and a US Military Policeman, who are running separate investigations into the captain's death. Gunther's investigation also brings him into contact with Viennese gangsters, prostitutes and familiar faces from his past, including war criminals on the Allied Most Wanted list....
At a total of 835 pages, this will take you some time to read but it is well worth it. If you have an interest in the Nazi regime, 1930's & 1940's history & politics and a desire to read three good well-written detective stories then this book is for you.