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The Pale Criminal: A Bernie Gunther Novel [Format Kindle]

Philip Kerr
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"...a superb tour of Berlin on the edge of an abyss and a cynical, dashing leading man. —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Echoes of Raymond Chandler but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master." —Evening Standard

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Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer," Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries that are nothing short of spellbinding. In this second book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he’d seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin—until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 696 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 285 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0142004154
  • Editeur : Penguin Books; Édition : Reprint (28 juin 2005)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B006UMI0TA
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Philip Kerr 14 juillet 2014
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This man knows his business - a thriller, a historical novel, a crime story - with a style evolving from the light-hearted to the cynical to the despondent in line with a story that drags you down the darker side of history.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Well-Written, Well-Researched Crime Noir Set in Pre-War Nazi Germany! 26 juillet 2008
Par Bobbewig - Publié sur Amazon.com
The Pale Criminal is the second book in Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy featuring Bernie Gunther, a tough-talking, hard-drinking, chain-smoking, cynical ex-cop, now private detective. The Pale Criminal takes place in 1938 Germany (mostly Berlin) and has Gunther working a case involving the murder of several teeange German girls. The Kripo (police) are unable to make progress in the case and Gunther is "requested" by Reinhard Heydrich, second in importance in the SS only to Heinrich Himmler, to temporarily rejoin the Kripo to take charge of the investigation. The interesting, though at times slow moving, plot reveals that some members of the Nazi party want to use the multiple murders to further incite anti-Jewish feelings. I found Kerr's description of pre-war Berlin and life in Nazi Germany to be engrossing, and it made me feel like I was right there experiencing the tension that permeated life in these times. The Pale Criminal is a good book that held my attention, and created enough interest to make me eager to read the third book in Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A gritty crime mystery worth reading 26 avril 2011
Par manly-but-bookish - Publié sur Amazon.com
The Pale Criminal is the second book in Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy that he wrote back in the late '80s and early '90s. The trilogy features Bernie Gunther, a former cop who now makes a living as a private detective in Germany in the late 1930s. After writing these first three books, Kerr changed direction and showed his range by writing several stand-alone novels in the genres of science fiction, historical fiction, and thriller. In 2006 he returned to his beginnings and has since written four more books featuring Gunther.

Young girls are going missing and later turning up dead and brutalized in Berlin. None of the victims have been Jewish and all of them fit the Aryan stereotype tauted by Hitler's regime as the master race. Bernie Gunther, is forced back into working for the German police by the SS because the case surrounding the missing girls seems to be leading nowhere.

Gunther is an intriguing character. He's crass, politically incorrect, and has his vices. But underlying those characteristics is a man who will take any steps necessary in order to see that the guilty are punished, whether they're a Nazi or a Jew, and that the innocent are protected irregardless of who they are as well.

The plot is gritty and at times a little slow in unfolding. But it does an excellent job of creating the type of atmosphere I would imagine existed in Germany at that time in history. I enjoyed it but would not recommend it to those of a sensitive nature.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Crimes of a Detective Solving the Crimes of the Nazis in 1938 Berlin 9 août 2010
Par David Island - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is not funny. And it's not for the squeamish. Yes, there are a couple of laughs, a funny line or two due to Kerr's signature stylized (and a bit too frequent) similes, and an occasional warm passage, thanks to some good writing and a few compassionate characters. But, if you don't have the stomach for hideous crimes, body parts blown to smithereens, gruesome descriptions of girls being brutalized, and up close shooting people in the head and face, well, don't read it. It is not an enjoyable tale. It is, this "The Pale Criminal" by Philip Kerr, a grueling, ugly read, and I had to put it down often, simply because the story and descriptions of degradation were almost too much to endure. "Pale Criminal" is the middle story in the Bernie Gunther trilogy called, "Berlin Noir." It is certainly "noir", that's for sure.

Kerr is meticulous in keeping his focus on the Nazis, who are the true criminals in his shady world of police and detective work, and insistent on keeping the reader focused on wrongs done to Jews in 1938 Berlin, as things got worse and worse (for everyone, especially Jews), in the months leading up to Kristallnacht in November of that year.

"The Pale Criminal" is very well written and engrossing in its own repugnant, grisly way. And you must be able to accommodate Kerr's main detective character`s tendency to be a considerable amoral lawbreaker of his own - to say nothing of his rather conscience-free ability to actually murder bad guys. From the beginning of these modern day detective stories (perhaps the 1920s), it is quite amazing to me that all of the "heroes" are people (mainly men) of questionable mental stability. They are all considerably weird, and this guy Bernie Gunther follows closely in their footsteps with all their faults, and at times he is unable to subdue his own psychopathology. The end of the book, while touching, did not convince me that Bernie had a conscience.

There are a few too many characters - all with similar sounding and looking names, thus easily mixed up or confused with others, but we meet some of the all-time worst criminals in Germany's sad Nazi-era history. And, the reader is one more time regaled with the all-too-commonplace characteristics of one more detective who cannot keep his hands off women, his lips from sucking on a cigarette, or his thirst for booze unquenched. So boring, all that is. What makes this detective different is that he is also a criminal.

The pace is quick, the action strong, and the detective work first class - Bernie does have a big brain and is very brave and clever. But, one more time, this is a very nasty story about very nasty people committing very nasty crimes solved by a very nasty detective in a nasty time in Berlin under Hitler. There is truly not one likable major character here, no one to admire, and hardly any philosophy worth remembering. And the crimes could cause bad dreams. You've been warned.

All-in-all, it's a (bloody) 4
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Universe of moral chaos 17 septembre 2005
Par Mary E. Sibley - Publié sur Amazon.com
It is August 26, 1938. Arthur Nebe, Kripo head, meets Bernhard Gunther, private investigator, in the middle of the night. It seems that Heydrich thinks Bernie would be useful to him if he were back in Kripo.

Frau Lange is a new client. She wants Bernie to find out who is blackmailing her. To investigate the case he goes to stay in a clinic in Wannsee. Psychoanalysis has been banned, psychotherapy is the order of the day. Dr. Meyer, Bernie's physician, is a Jungian. Homosexuality is a criminal offense under the German Penal Code Section 175. Bernie's partner is murdered, the alleged blackmailer commits suicide, and Bernie is back at Kripo with a higher rank. He is working at Heydrich's behest to solve a serial murder case. He is now Kommissar Gunther.

There are four dead girls and another missing. When Bernie learns from the Kripo head of unoffficial mercy killings, he knows that things have already gotten worse than he imagined. The body of the fifth victim is found through an anonymous call to Kripo.

A suspect who through investigation becomes a nonsuspect turns up dead and a sixth girl, a fourteen year old attending a fee paying school, is missing. A schoolmate of the girl recalls a man wearing a uniform stopping his car near the school. Some of the men start to believe that one of their squad members has killed the nonsuspect. Gunther eliminates the man from the squad notwithstanding his protests that his actions are nothing compared to actions of higher officials.

In order to break open the case the squad decides to use another young girl as bait. Two SS men are responsible for the crimes. Bernhard Gunther solves the mystery just before Kristallnacht. The book is outstanding. The dark morally chaotic universe of National Socialism is portrayed admirably.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Revenge is not sweet. Its true flavor is bitter, since pity is the most probable aftertaste." 23 avril 2013
Par doc peterson - Publié sur Amazon.com
In the second Bernie Gunther thriller (mystery?) Gunther is hired to investigate a missing person's case - not unuusual in 1938 Berlin. Whiat is out of the ordinary is the pattern of the missing: they are all young, Aryan-type girls, and they're all discovered weeks later - dead. How ironic that there may be a serial-killer loose just as the greatest act of serial killing was about to be unleashed on Europe. Irony abounds in this riveting story - not only in the missing and murdered girls, but also in Gunther's employer - Reinhardt Heydrich, one of the darkest members of the Nazi elite, and someone not to be trifled with, nor to disappoint. The story abounds with ethical dilemmas as Gunther struggles to maintain the rule of law and hang on to his moral compass. In pre-war Germany, this becomes increasingly difficult to do, as Kerr vividly shows.

Kerr's depiction of Berlin in the summer and fall of 1938 is both frightening and tragic. This, as much as his noir-ish characterization of Bernie Gunther and his fast-paced story telling keeps me coming back for more. A human face is put on citizens of Berlin as the Nazis make the Munich Agreement and the orgy of violence that is Kristallnacht erupts amidst an impending sense of war, Berlin helpless to prevent it. In illustrating the complexities and challenges of this place and time, nether forgiving nor forgetting what happened, Kerr walks a fine line, which he does marvelously. That his characters similarly are forced to walk this line makes Bernie Gunther a memorable and out-of-the-ordinary gumshoe. Kerr's series is excellent - recommended.
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