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- Editeur : G.P. Putnam's Sons (14 avril 2011)
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“A brilliantly innovative thriller writer.”—Salman Rushdie
“Philip Kerr is the only bona fide heir to Raymond Chandler.”—Salon.com
“In terms of narrative, plot, pace and characterization, Kerr’s in a league with John le Carré.”—The Washington Post
“Every time we’re afraid we’ve seen the last of Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr comes through with another unnerving adventure for his morally conflicted hero.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“Just as youth is wasted on the young, history is wasted on historians. It ought to be the exclusive property of novelists—but only if they are as clever and knowledgeable as Philip Kerr.”—Chicago Tribune
“Kerr quantum leaps the limitations of genre fiction. Most thrillers insult your intelligence; his assault your ignorance.”—Esquire
“A richly satisfying mystery, one that evokes the noir sensibilities of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald while breaking important new ground of its own.”—Los Angeles Times
“Part of the allure of these novels is that Bernie is such an interesting creation, a Chandleresque knight errant caught in insane historical surroundings. Bernie walks down streets so mean that nobody can stay alive and remain truly clean.”—John Powers, Fresh Air (NPR)
“The Bernie Gunther novels are first-class, as stylish as Chandler and as emotionally resonant as the best of Ross Macdonald.”—George Pelecanos
“Kerr’s stylish noir writing makes every page a joy to read.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition paperback.
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Field grey est dans la lignée stylistique des précédents opus de la série, on n'a pas de mauvaise surprise. L'intrigue est assez linéaire, et s'il y'a de nombreux flash-backs dans le passé, c'est pour revenir sur la guerre de Gunther. On en apprend plus sur ses différentes missions dans la SD ou son internement chez les soviétiques. A lire pour les inconditionnels !!!
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It is really difficult to understand what is effectively going on in this book. Our hero is bounced between various captors such as the Russians, the Americans and the French having been initially captured whilst fleeing pre-Communist Cuba. In some respects that books is a chronicle of various aspects of mid-twentieth century history and it is clear that the writer Philip Kerr has a total grasp of this period. The strange thing about this book is that there is very little plot despite it's 560 page length. The story is made more confusing by the fact that the chronology keeps jumping backwards and forwards with such a vast array of characters that it is difficult to understand what exactly is happening. Some of the characters tend to blend into each other and it is difficult trying to remember who is who over the course of such a thick book. Until the last few chapters, any semblance of a plot is unclear and the resolution ultimately comes totally out of the blue. If this makes the books seem boring, then this is not the case. Rather, I felt that it shone a light on a period of history which I knew little about and this made up for the lack of action and tension. My love of history piqued my interest in this story.
The weird thing about Kerr's writing is that whilst this is not a patch on "Prussian Blue", it is still hugely readable. I am not quite convinced that Kerr has produced a series of literary masterpieces, yet these books are impossible to put down. The author obviously is influenced by noir-ish novels and films and I also felt that there were elements in this book which recalled the journalistic style of Ian Fleming, another author I find to be really uneven. I feel the appeal of these books largely stems from the central character who leaps off the pages. He is impossible not to warm too and the degree of wisecracks add a degree of zest to these books. The whole story is told through his own voice and the zippy nature of the narrative is what makes these books so good to read.
In summary, I really enjoyed this second Philip Kerr book as a good read yet think the detective element of "Prussian Blue" was more exciting. Poor old Bernie just gets repeated kick-ins throughout this novel depending upon his captures and the absence the Nazi menace in this novel means it lacks the paranoia of the first books which was impossible to put down. I liked this book even though it lacked the edge-of-the seat plotting of the previous book. There is no real story and the novel is largely a resume of Mielke's career in to which Kerr has cleverly dovetailed his protagonist. it is probably best for a new-comer to start elsewhere yet still a page-turner.
A specific example :
BG is at a train statin (post WW2) that is welcoming approx 1000 German POW's being returned from Russian labour camps. BG's objective is to identify a certain individual for the CIA. Amongst the 100's waiting for the POW's are some relatives holding cards, seeking information on lost relatives.
BG later notices a name on the POW list that he also noted on one of the cards. BG is curious why Mother X (card holder) and Soldier X (POW) did not recognise each other at the station.
Turns out that the POW (ex concentration camp commander seeking to avoid recognition) had adopted the identity of Soldier X (at random, from amongst 100's of thousands captured and interned by the Soviets) and Mother X just happened to be there and BG just happened to note the name. But there's more :
When the mystery POW is presented to BG, it just happens to be a major character (and enemy of BG) from earlier in the book. (not even the person he was at the station to identify)
Simply, nonsense like this ('winning the lottery odds' coincidences) just insult the intelligence of the reader.
BG has always been about being an amazing character who rubs shoulders with the entire who's who of the Nazi organisation.
However, the plot of Field Grey revolves around a long running (from early 30's to mid 50's) experiences and acquaintances of BG that just happen to make BG uniquely capable and invaluable to the CIA to turning a key Stasi officer. The plot jumps back and forth in time, through BG's experiences of the extermination of Jews in Poland and Ukraine, his capture and escape from the Soviet Gulag (yeah, sure), etc etc.
I give this book three stars for the well written evocation of pre-war Berlin society and politics, well-researched history and (as ever) the wonderful BG character.
But otherwise this over-contrived effort is a poor (and barely believable) installment in the BG series.
So why, for the first time, only 4 stars (9/10 would be more accurate)?
Like at least one other Gunther it starts slowly. Like others it changes between time frames such as 1941 and 1954. However, the problem is that it becomes confusing, with too many embellishments.
This may suggest it is a poor book. It is not. The clever characterisation of Gunther and the others remains; while the plot - when you can follow it - absorbs.
writer. If you are interested in a different sort of cop drama, treat yourself and start at the beginning, let Bernie Gunther show you the darker side of the human zoo.
A pleasure to read.
In fact, it seems that Erich Mielke has a lot of people interested in him throughout his career; from Heydrich, who sends Gunther to Paris in 1940 to try to track him down, to the American interrogators who hope that Bernie can help them find Mielke, who is now the deputy chief of the Stasi. As Gunther recounts his history with Mielke we learn more about his time in the war, including his time in a Russian prison camp. This novel works on so many levels - as a great Bernie Gunther book, first and foremost, a wonderful war thriller and a brilliant Cold War spy novel. Absolutely fantastic - this series gets better and better.
The storyline seemed to falter a quarter way in, and the flow of the book kept getting interrupted with heavy descriptions of the internal works of various armies and departments and their roles in the war. I found the amount of information just too much.
The story itself I feel was covering so much of Gunther's history of his time during the war that it felt like just a resume of his career during the war, with a story just tagged on. the ending was a bit slap, bang wallop as well.
Did not feel this is up to the usual high standard of Philip Kerr novels.
This has not put me off though and I will be reading the next in the series.
With an over elaborate plot and a myriad list of characters, the story at times seemed to drag a little. But even a sub par Bernie Gunther, is a well worth a 4star rating.
Kerr's Bernie Gunter does what he can to survive the horrors of the war and the Nazis but gets called to account for his actions on being captured some years later.
An enthralling read.
Anyway, mainly set (with the usual flashbacks) at the start of the cold war in the early 1950's, Bernie has information that both the US and the French want and is held captive by them both until he agrees to help them. It is his debrief that shows us more of his back-story and his involvement in the Russian campaign and his eventual capture by the Russians - hence the evocative and powerful cover picture.
As always Philip Kerr's writing is of top quality, his characterisation brilliant and his dialogue is clever, fast and often witty. But here we have quite a complex story and it took some concentration to understand how it unravels and where, and how, Kerr is taking the story of Bernie and an escaped communist murderer. It's good but perhaps not the strongest of the Bernie novels, but when the writing and atmosphere is of this standard it still remains a powerful and entertaining novel.
I really enjoyed this installment of the story and I hope that there is a further one as I'm sure that Germany in the 50's and 60's would prove a spy rich background for Bernie to ply his trade.
The story is well plotted as Bernie tries to stay alive and the final twist in the story shows you were his loyalty lies - to Germany
Nice one and well worth waiting for - read this in a couple of days as it difficult to put down