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Return to Book Page. Preview — La Trilogie berlinoise by Philip Kerr. Bernie Gunther, ex-commissaire de la police berlinoise, est devenu dA c tective privA c. Des rues de Berlin nettoyA c es pour offrir une image idyllique aux visiteurs des Jeux olympiques A celles de Vienne la corrompue, Bernie enquAate au milieu d’actrices et de prostituA c es, de psychiatres et de banquiers, de producteurs de cinA c ma et de publicitaires. La diffA c rence avec un film noir d’Hollywood, c’est que les principaux protagonistes s’appellent Heydrich, Himmler et Goering Published by Livre de Poche first published BerlinGermany Vienna Austria.

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Be the first to ask a question about La Trilogie berlinoise. Lists with This Book. Hard boiled detective, Berlin style, Bernie Gunther faces the world of Nazi violence and duplicity as an outsider, a former cop who is now a private detective, mostly looking for missing people. His work pulls him into the Nazi vortex, which is not unusual, since the Nazis are the main cause of people going missing. The pace is rapid, and there is not much depth to the characters; I guess these aspects of Kerr’s writing complement each other.

Another aspect is less pleasing. I would call K Hard boiled detective, Berlin style, I would call Kerr the king of metaphors and similes.

There are several on each page, sometimes several in the same paragraph. Some are hilarious, but most are ridiculous, and there are far too many for my taste. The sense of Nazi Berlin is outstanding. First published inthe historical research is superb. The portrayals of Goering and Heydrich are chilling. The mystery is interesting and the violence and sex are well written.

All in all, an absorbing read. Like cheap detective fiction? On a recent trip to the library, I saw that they were having a donated book sale – five for a dollar. Since they had the Josephine Tey I recently reviewed worth the dollar by itselfI was incentivized to pick out another four books and this single-bound trilogy by Philip Kerr caught my eye.

I had fallen into Philip Kerr by way of his Wittgenstein-inspired bit of serial killer detective sci fi, A Philosophical Investigation. Thanks to the built-in philosophy, the Like cheap detective fiction? Thanks to the built-in philosophy, the book had style, even if the plot which looks forward to Showtime’s TV show Dexter ultimately fell flat.

Anyway, for a twenty cent investment I figured I couldn’t go far wrong in selecting the trio of books that apparently made Kerr’s literary reputation. This is so much the case, that Kerr feels compelled to have an admiring Hermann Goering specifically name-check Philip Marlowe in the first of the books here The March Violets.


Oh, but our hardbitten narrator-detective has not read the genre, of course, and this awkward bit of authorial obviousness almost caused me to set the book aside That said, the atmospherics, level of trliogie historical detail, and genre-nailing fun kept me going here. Verlinoise private detective Gunther is to World War II Berlin what Martin Cruz Smith’s Inspector Arkady Renko is to post-Soviet Moscow — broody antiheroes whose ethics and personal loyalties forever place them at odds with the me-first-morality of their respective environments.

The following quotes from the first book will either make you cringe or go running for your own copy. They tickled me to the extent that I quickly stopped caring whether these books were intended as homage or imitation and just started inserting mental rimshots after each went past.

Approaching the industrial magnate-client’s manse on p. Somewhere in the trees behind the house a peacock was screaming for help.

That is, unless you were unfortunate enough to be Jewish. For example, Kerr could have chosen to end March Violets with Gunther’s arrival at Dachau, and spent all or most of the second book with having his sympathetic protagonist struggle to survive, let alone solve his case, there. But he doesn’t, and for me, the endless intriguing within the Nazi leadership that underlies much of the more byzantine twists of the trilogy’s plots quickly becomes tiresome.

Once you are already familiar with trilogi noir genre and Nazi-era Germany, the two books which follow March Violets can offer you no real new insight. Just finished reading the whole trilogy in a row, which was a little more hard-bitten verbiage than I was prepared beerlinoise. I scare easily and then get violent to cover my embarassment. You didn’t have to be an undertaker to see that he was dead. There are neater ways of cleaning a man’s ears than a 9 mm bullet. More Just finished reading bedlinoise whole trilogy in a row, which was a little more hard-bitten verbiage than I was prepared for.

More importantly, if you like Philip Berlinoisw, you’ll like Bernhard Gunther, a tough ex-cop with no illusions about human nature, an appetite for alcohol, a wisecrack for every rough situation–you get the idea. The books are faithful to the genre, extremely well-researched, and the plots are appropriately trliogie. Gunther makes a pretty decent antihero, and isn’t a bad way to show what life could have been like for a patriotic German whose views ran squarely counter to those of the ascendant Nazi party.

Recommended for history nerds, hard-boiled mystery readers, or both. This is a difficult review to write. The subject German National Socialism and the periods covered: However, Philip Kerr has managed to create an interesting trilogy out of it.

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The biggest drawback to berliboise books is the over the top use of Noir cliches and characters. He might have done better to forego the langua This is a difficult review to write. He might have done better to forego the language of Noir and to have stuck with the atmosphere and general aesthetic.


The main reason I have only given these books 2 stars is this. But the hook is fascinating History is used effectively and an attempt to explain why Germany became berkinoise it did and did what it did is made.

This fails but then all attempts have failed so I do not hold that against the author. I would give this trilogy a mild recommendation for anyone familiar with the history of this period and those that would like a writer’s take on the time.

Also, the stories are not bad The first book is the weakest If you have any interest in National Socialist Germany then this trilogy is for you. Philip Kerr is a British novelist of varied talent it seems. He has written children’s novels and what some consider a cult classic ‘A Philosophical Investigation’. The first book in his Berlin Noir trilogy about P. Bernie Gunther, is called ‘March Violets’. I started out liking this story, the Philip Kerr is a British novelist of varied talent it seems.

I started out liking this story, then didn’t like it and by the time the story got to Dachau Prison before it became an official death campI liked it again. Some of the hard-boiled detective patter seemed a bit forced at times, and even tiresome. Also after reading about taking transport to Ferdinandstrasse via Alexanderstrasse after a detour to Neuenburgerstrasse just to get to Derfflingerstrasse, well I needed a schnapps- but I will get to the next novel ‘The Pale Criminal’ after a break with ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For peculiar Children’.

I do believe the next will be better and I would recommend this to detective fiction fans. A great setting, some great stories, and blah. Flat, dead on the page prose.

Kerr did some research, and the texture is right on. The story reads hard boiled until the pot is dry and the soup is ruined. Or some labored metaphor about overboiling.

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You know, when an egg yolk is so chalky and dry berliniose it chokes you going down? This book chokes you going down. I searched for similar authors and came up with Kerr and Alan Furst. Since Kerr wrote an entire series based in and around Berlin my home away from homeI decided to give him a shot. I read a few other books of his before I delved into the Bernie Gunther series.

The stories are great. They’re interesting, surprising and kept me engaged. The intrigue and corruption happening in pre and lz Berlin is illus I got into Philip Kerr after I finished reading the complete works of Robert Harris. The intrigue and corruption happening in pre and post-war Berlin is illustrated beautifully here. This is what kept me reading. Although certain liberties are taken with “the facts,” Kerr does use have real people pop up in all three books including Heydrich, Himmler, and Muller.

His take on their behavior and dialogue attributed to them is very realistic and often, very funny.