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Prussian Blue (A Bernie Gunther Novel) (original 2017; edição 2017)

por Philip Kerr (Autor)

Séries: Bernie Gunther (1956 & 1939⎪12)

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Bernie Gunther, once Commissar of the Third Reich, is on the run from Erich Mielke, the deputy head of Stasi, and reminisces about a case he investigated seventeen years earlier in which someone shot an engineer on the terrace of Hitler's private residence.
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Título:Prussian Blue (A Bernie Gunther Novel)
Autores:Philip Kerr (Autor)
Informação:Marian Wood Books/Putnam (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 544 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:***1/2
Etiquetas:Germany, Nazis, Hitler, murder, mystery, fiction, Europe, historical fiction, police, corruption

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Prussian Blue por Philip Kerr (2017)

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“Prussian Blue” is the twelfth book in the “Bernie Gunther series”, yet again, it can be read as stand alone.

This book finds Bernie in the French Riviera, working on a hotel, as he receives a dinner invitation from his wife. It sounds rather strange to him, as it would be a little difficult for her to be there at the time, but he accepts the offer. When he arrives at the date, he founds himself having dinner with the head of Stasi police. It is 1956 and the Eastern Germany Police is shuffling the cards of the deck. Bernie is asked to handle a loose end of an agent, he is not so fond of. Given his integrity and honesty, he cannot commit murder, even to someone he dislikes. Therefore he is on the run, trying to escape being captured by an old partner.

The whole situation brings him memories of 17 years ago, 1939, when he was investigating a murder in Berghof, in Hitler’s country house, and actual headquarters of the chancellery and the Nazi Party, just before the invasion to Poland. It was not out of his fondness for the Nazis or Hitler that he agreed to this investigation, but rather of the selfe conservation feeling that kept him alive in the coming years.

This is a hell of a detective’s story that Kerr is up to with this novel. History is around the trenches at all time and the whole pre and post World War II atmosphere is vivid in the air of this Bavarian village. The narration is split between two eras with 17 year difference between them. It starts at 1956, with the reality of the East German Police, Stasi, leading their way around the world, committing their own crimes, just like the Gestapo. That is because, the same people that were in the police forces of Hitler’s Germany are still pulling the strings after the war. Nothing new for those who study history. It continues back in 1939, going back and forth really smoothly and not confusing the reader, as all the events from one era connect to those of the other.

Kerr’s narration is well known to his fans and so is Bernie’s integrity. The author tries really hard to keep his main character unchanged throughout the years and the difficult times, and he accomplishes it nonetheless. It is a remarkable job so to speak, being able to support your hero after 12 books!

It’s an atmospheric long but enjoyable read, destined to put the reader into some thought. Human nature is not far from the savage times. Given the current situation in Europe and around the world in general, where the right and fascist parties are getting strength and power, it is a reminder to us all of what has happened and what can become of people in power. Even the slightest power can make man hungry for more, can make him greedy, can make him think low of human life. Do we really want to see another Hitler dominating our world? Cause we are really not far from that… ( )
  GeorgiaKo | Dec 1, 2020 |
This review covers the following books:
Other Side Of Silence
Metropolis
Prussian Blue
Greeks Bearing Gifts

These four books concluded the Bernie Gunther series for me and sorry I am to get to the end.

If you are not a detective genre fan then stop reading now, for you may get your eyes opened!

Set in Nazi Germany, Bernie Gunther is in the classic detective mold. Hard bitten, soft spot for a swell dame, has scruples, a conscience, and a gun. Runs off at the mouth to the wrong people about things they don’t want to hear and somehow manages not to get killed. This is surprising as his employers are very high level SS.

They main villains are the Nazis and all are real characters from history. One of the nice touches is the historical footnotes at the end of the books where their real fates are listed. A surprising number of them were not tried as war criminals and died peacefully in their beds, unlike their victims.

This is a long series covering the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s right up to the 1950s. There is no glamourising anything about war or the actions of the participants in these books.

That’s the scenario, but here’s the thing. When all is said and done it is a detective novel. There is a crime, some suspects, and a detective trying to work out who did what. It’s a simple idea, there is lots of moral philosophising and some skull cracking but nothing that you cannot understand, (yes even you who look down on detective novels.)

But here’s another thing and this is where the magic comes into it. We all know the plot, and generally most of the characters, so the real skill is in the characterisation, plot structure and dialog.

Any fool can write a one-off novel based on an highly intellectual promise (he says) but try writing the same novel over and over again and yet each time making it authentic. Not any fool can do that (he says).

If you are sceptical of this, why has Sherlock Holmes endured? Look at a list of Booker Prize winners and see how many of them are household names like Lee Child, Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, Ian Ranking, Agatha Christie, to name but a few, also, see how many of those Booker winners are relatively unknown now, or even only 10 years after they won their Booker. Better yet, see how many books they sold compared to the list of crime authors above, but I have no doubt that you confuse popular with prosaic.

Believe me, one day all you book snobs will get what’s coming to you, then you’ll be begging some jaded, low life, philandering, alcoholic, washed up detective to come and save you.

Well mister, if you ain’t some drop dead, gorgeous, red headed, dame then you may as well kiss your sorry, snobbish arse goodbye. And good riddance I say.
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  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
A great Bernie Gunther story; and great history. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
Another great story of Bernie Gunter and his sardonic wit. Two story lines one from 1939 Bavaria and the other from 1956 France combine nicely. ( )
  charlie68 | Mar 7, 2020 |
A detective novel not for the faint of heart or professionals who know too much about this world. There is nothing quaint or eccentric about the main character, Bernie Gunther, just survival in spite of his non-pc speech in his world of either Nazi Germany or socialist post-war Europe. Although taking place in the past 20th century decades of the 30s and 50s, it is clear that the problems of not only free speech, free expression, and liberty in general, that we are dealing with today are reflected in this good work of fiction. ( )
  JayLivernois | Mar 19, 2019 |
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