Berlin Noir: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, 1-3)

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Berlin Noir: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, 1-3)

Berlin Noir: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, 1-3)

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Set two years after "March Violets" in 1938 against a backdrop of the Munich Agreement and Kristallnacht Kerr deftly weaves fact and fiction as Gunther is engaged by a wealthy Frau to trace a blackmailer; but before you know it he's co-opted back into the Kriminalpolizei (Kripo), now part of Himmler's Reich Security Organisation, to investigate the serial sex-murders of Aryan teenage girls, killings with links to a conspiracy at the core of the SS [and of course in the best fictional style to the original throw-away blackmail story].

Taken altogether, the novels span a period of nearly a quarter century, and in that time Bernie covers a lot of territory, both in terms of his location and in terms of his means of support.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.

The three cases he deals with are interesting and I liked him as a character (he is not so "destroyed" as main characters of crime novels usually are). Over 10 years elapsed between the publication of the novels in the Berlin Noir set and the three stand-alone titles that complete the Bernie Gunther series to date. Bernhard Gunther, ex-cop, now a private detective mostly finds missing persons and there are lot of them in Nazi's Berlin. Once you are already familiar with the noir genre and Nazi-era Germany, the two books which follow March Violets can offer you no real new insight. The woman is Noreen Charalambides (she of the matching sable hair and coat), a Jewish American journalist whom Bernie meets through Hedda Adlon.This one struck up with The Great Elector’s Cavalry March and set off at a lick towards the Brandenburger Tor. I would be more interested in a non-fiction work that examined how the feelings of Germans toward the Party evolved in the run up to the war. However, not even Gunther can avoid being embroiled in cases peopled by the likes of Himmler, Goebbels and Heydrich. March Violets", the first book in the set is set in Berlin in 1936 a dangerous place that's coming under increasing Nazi control when Bernard Gunther, a cynical, damaged, well-intentioned, wise-cracking, ex-Berlin-Kripo-cop-turned-private-detective and Marlowe-esque anti-hero hero, is engaged by a wealthy industrialist to investigate the murder of his daughter and SS officer son-in-law in an apparent burglary.

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Lucky Bernie gets impressed into re-joining the Kripo just so he can investigate a serial murder case for Heydrich. And they practiced the same sort of theft in the countries they occupied; Nazism was more like an organized crime syndicate running a government than what we think of as a government. By the way, while Kerr has some interesting female characters, there is fair amount of objectivization in the great tradition of noir novels that women readers might take offense to.



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