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Philip Kerr Ü 0 REVIEW REVIEW Metropolis 100 Dy for all homicide investigation in Kripo Bernie's first task is to investigate the Silesian Station killings four prostitutes murdered in as many weeks All of them have been hit over the head with a hammer and then scalped with a sharp knifeBernie hardly has time to acuaint himself with the case files before another prostitute is murdered Until now no one has shown much interest in these victims there are plenty in Berlin who'd like the streets wa. This is the fourteenth Bernie Gunther novel and sadly the last to be published after the tragic loss of Phiip Kerr last year I read the first Bernie Gunther novel in 1989 and was delighted when Kerr brought the character back in 2006 after the initial trilogy which was completed in 1991 During the series Kerr wrote about the life of Gunther before during and after WWII The previous book Greeks Bearing Gifts was set in the 1950 s and I had half hoped that Philip Kerr would have had the opportunity to complete Gunther s life story and even possibly give him a happy ending This instalment though is set in 1928 I do love the early years of Gunther s career as a Berlin detective and as such I am pleased that this series does finish when our anti hero is young and not aware of all the problems awaiting him Perhaps that is how it should beIt is 1928 Weimar Germany and Bernie Gunther has just been moved from vice to homicide There is a killer on the streets who is not only murdering prostitutes but scalping them Also there are a number of disabled war veterans being killed while begging on the streetsNobody recreates this period of history better than Philip Kerr and we have Weimar Germany in all its decadence excess and corruption Many of those living in Gunther s lodging house help to highlight this as do the many clubs and bars that Gunther visits as he trundles around Berlin at one point in the novel literally Although this series is best known for being set during the second world war it is the first world war which is most evident in this novel The memories loss and humiliation of the war are evident everywhere from memories triggered in various characters to the fact that war veterans highlight the nation s feeling of failure in many residents of the cityFor me this was a bittersweet read I am delighted that Philip Kerr did bring Gunther back into print after the initial trilogy and so pleased that we have fourteen books to enjoy not to mention Kerr s many other novels some sadly not in print but saddened to have come to the end of a series which is one of my all time favourites If you have not read Bernie Gunther before you are in for a treat Both Philip Kerr and Bernie Gunther will be much missed by me and I am sure by many other readersBernie Gunther series in order1 March Violets 19892 The Pale Criminal 19903 A German Reuiem 19914 The One from the Other 20065 A uiet Flame 20086 If the Dead Rise Not 20097 Field Grey 20108 Prague Fatale 20119 A Man Without Breath 201310 The Lady from Zagreb 201511 The Other Side of Silence 201612 Prussian Blue 201713 Greeks Bearing Gifts 201814 Metropolis 2019

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Philip Kerr Ü 0 REVIEW REVIEW Metropolis 100 Berlin 1928 the dying days of the Weimar Republic shortly before Hitler and the Nazis came to power It was a period of decadence and excess as Berliners after the terrible slaughter of WWI and the hardships that followed are enjoying their own version of Babylon Bernie is a young detective working in Vice when he gets a summons from Bernard Weiss Chief of Berlin's Criminal Police He invites Bernie to join KIA Criminal Inspection A the supervisory bo. This is Philip Kerr s swansong after his untimely and much lamented death last year and he leaves us with a gloriously detailed portrayal of the dying days of the Weimar Republic the chilling rise of Nazism and Hitler in the city of Berlin He returns us to Bernie Gunther s early days as a detective working in vice but now promoted to the Murder Commission by the Chief of the Criminal Police the lawyer and Jew Bernard Weiss For some time Jews have been fair game and every Jew in public life carries a gun the best kind of life insurance they can buy The legacy of WW1 is writ large in Germany with crushing poverty and starvation sualor rising inflation women forced to work as prostitutes to survive and the presence on the streets of mentally and physically afflicted crippled war veterans begging and a troubled political establishment hanging on by its fingernails Side by side in the Berlin metropolis is its reputation as another Babylon drowning in decadence with its growing sex tourism overt signs of debauchery in the bars and clubs ueers and transgenders shamelessly flaunting themselves a city of messed up morality At the heart of it is the arts and culture of 1928 including people such as Fritz Lang with his film Metropolis and degenerate artists like George GroszInto this febrile atmosphere a serial killer has been targeting prostitutes hitting them over the head with a hammer and scalping them This has not caused many ripples in the city where the underlying feeling is that the killer is only doing what is necessary clearing the filth off the streets But the fourth victim Eva Angerstein has a father in a powerful position in Berlin s criminal rings fraternity and he will do anything to get hold of his daughter s murderer including helping Bernie in his investigations With the reputation of the police in tatters with the killer still at large and many in Berlin gunning for Weiss another serial killer emerges wanting to rid Berlin of the constant reminders of Germany s past failures and shame by exterminating the crippled war veterans malingerers who are essentially vermin The latest killer is not alone in his inability to abide anything less than perfection there are doctors ostensibly looking after veterans openly espousing eugenics In a investigation where it is difficult to be a honest cop the flawed Bernie walks the tightrope determined to find a killer not always making the wisest decisions seeking justice for the victims but in the end forced to be pragmatic given the political volatility that defines the eraPhilip Kerr is a brilliant storyteller he evokes the turbulent atmosphere of 1928 Berlin in a historical novel that features real life characters of the time and captures a Berlin and Germany that is inexorably heading towards the horrors of Nazi rule and WW2 His final Bernie Gunther novel is superb and an absolute joy to read and I still haven t come to terms that there will be no I am going to have to go back and reread at some point in the future The worst aspects of reading about this time in history with its rising populism is that our contemporary world is being marked by its own nightmare rise in populism and the inevitable darkness that follows in its wake Love love love this novel and this series Highly recommended Many thanks to uercus for an ARC

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Philip Kerr Ü 0 REVIEW REVIEW Metropolis 100 Shed clean of such degenerates But this time the girl's father runs Berlin's foremost criminal ring and he's prepared to go to extreme lengths to find his daughter's killerThen a second series of murders begins of crippled wartime veterans who beg in the city's streets It seems that someone is determined to clean up Berlin of anyone less than perfect The voice of Nazism is becoming a roar that threatens to drown out all others But not Bernie Gunther. Set in 1928 during the Weimar Republic this features a younger innocent less cynical Bernie Gunther who has just joined the murder suad in Berlin and is on the trail of not one but two serial killers one targeting prostitutes the other cleaning the streets of beggingwounded war veteransFor me this has the strengths and weaknesses of the other books in this series for one the story is overlong bloated with filler Kerr is never one to leave any research unused so there are endless descriptions of the precise route that Bernie takes every time he leaves the housepolice building he can t pick up a reichsmark note without lecturing us on the man whose portrait is on the note even though he s never heard of him and it s irrelevant anywayIt s also notable that many men including Bernie seem to suddenly be feminists I wonder if this is Kerr s response to how some readers took Bernie s rampant sexism in the previous books It might have been distasteful but was probably historically realistic Now we have Bernie s boss in his plummy almost thespian voice saying I keep telling our leaders that if we did to support eual pay for women we could solve the problem of prostitution overnight Another male character Mussolini has ended women s rights in Italy on the same day my own country has lowered the age of women voting HaFor all that these books are excellent on recreating atmosphere here the decadent febrile atmosphere of Berlin when the wounds and humiliations of WW1 are still current and the country is heading towards a Nazi power grab Anti semitism is rife women with jobs are forced to turn to prostitution to supplement their income inflation is on the rise there is corruption in public life and crime gangs and drug dealers rule the streets Bernie and his band of or less honourable cops are the decent guys Bernie wisecracking his way through the murk 35 stars for me an engrossing commuteoff duty read


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    REVIEW Metropolis 100 Berlin in 1928 is between two epochs the Weimer Republic is at its dusk and the Third Reich is just about to arrive Berlin is still the city of decadence cabarets WW1 veterans however new ideas are on the horizon Bernie Gunther is a only a young detective tasked with finding the culprit behind brutal murders of four young women He already has the perfect sense of investigating the crime that he will only master in his fu

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    READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü Philip Kerr Philip Kerr Ü 0 REVIEW CHARACTERS Metropolis The book is entitled Metropolis not just because of the appearance of Fritz Lang but because the main character might be better described as Berlin than even Bernie Gunther Here Kerr gives us a taste of early Gunther right when he was promoted to the homicide bureau putting his detective mind to work solving a case of a serial murderer roam

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    READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü Philip Kerr REVIEW Metropolis 100 Philip Kerr Ü 0 REVIEW Well that’s it then Read my 14th and last Bernie Gunther detective To my great regret there will never be another Bernie to look forward to But I am happy to report this was a really excellent oneI had the feeling that it had perhaps been Philip Kerr’s intention for a long time to write about the young Bernie Gunther

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    REVIEW Metropolis 100 This is the fourteenth Bernie Gunther novel and sadly the last to be published after the tragic loss of Phiip Kerr last year I read the first Bernie Gunther novel in 1989 and was delighted when Kerr brought the character back in 2006 after the initial trilogy which was completed in 1991 During the series Kerr wrote about the life of Gunther

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    CHARACTERS Metropolis READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü Philip Kerr Philip Kerr Ü 0 REVIEW i rarely give 5 for a book but this one absolutely deserve it one of the best thrillers full with compassion and empathty for humanity clever full with knowledge great sense of humor sometimes cynical but brings great laug

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    CHARACTERS Metropolis REVIEW Metropolis 100 READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü Philip Kerr I’ve been with Bernie Gunther on this long ride and now it is over Philip Kerr has died and this is the last book that he will ever write about Berlin’s detective Those who have been following Gunther through the Second World War and beyond now have the opportunity to read about how it all began This book deals with Berlin during the post World War I period and how Bernie Gunther becomes an expert in murder and other crimes

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    REVIEW Metropolis 100 CHARACTERS Metropolis So the inevitable last book of the Bernie Gunther books has arrived Philip Kerr died last year in March just days before the release of the previous Bernie Gunther novel I expected that to be last one and bless his heart he had another one for us in stock I love the little introduction that Ian Rankin provided for this boo

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    REVIEW Metropolis 100 Set in 1928 during the Weimar Republic this features a younger innocent less cynical Bernie Gunther who has jus

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    CHARACTERS Metropolis READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü Philip Kerr Philip Kerr Ü 0 REVIEW My first Bernie Gunther is also the last written by Philip Kerr who died shortly after completing the bookThe story was enjoyable and had some great descriptions of Weimar Germany along with characters who were alive in those days playing larger or walk on parts in this MetropolisBernie himself is a Great War veteran and is affec

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