The One From the Other

The One From the Other

A Bernie Gunther Novel

Book - 2006
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Penguin Putnam
In the fourth mystery in Philip Kerr's New York Times bestselling series, Bernie Gunther—a former policeman and reluctant SS offier—attempts to start over in the aftermath of World War 2 and quickly learns that the past is never far behind you...

Berlin, 1949
. Amid the chaos of defeat, Germany is a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, and fleeing Nazis. For Bernie Gunther, Berlin has become far too dangerous. After being forced to serve in the SS in the killing fields of Ukraine, Bernie has moved to Munich to reestablish himself as a private investigator. 

Business is slow and his funds are dwindling when a woman hires him to investigate her husband's disappearance. No, she doesn't want him back—he's a war criminal. She merely wants confirmation that he is dead. It's a simple job, but in postwar Germany, nothing is simple—nothing is what it appears to be. Accepting the case, Bernie takes on far more than he'd bargained for, and before long, he is on the run, facing enemies from every side.

Baker & Taylor
A four-part anthology of Bernie Gunther mysteries finds a former police officer struggling with his notions of justice in 1930s Germany, in a collection that is complemented by a fourth work, The One from the Other, in which Gunther finds unexpected danger while trying to confirm the death of a war criminal. Reprint.

Baker
& Taylor

Working as a private detective in Munich in 1949, Bernie Gunther copes with the chaos of postwar Germany when a woman hires him to find out the fate of her missing husband, a war criminal whose death she wants to confirm.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2006
ISBN: 9780143112297
9780399152993
0399152997
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 24 cm

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looper46
Apr 30, 2017

This is my first Bernie Gunther novel...After reading positive reviews for his latest "Prussian Blue", I thought I should take a look at some others. This was the only Bernie book on the shelves, so I grabbed it...Really enjoyed it, good wise crack type of guy and he does have a checkered past... So, I'm looking forward to more--have his 1st Bernie novel on the way and then will check out more. Almost like an Alan Furst novel, pre WWII, action and past the the war.

So, its an unusual premise, read it...Fairly quick and interesting...

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paulsarkisian
May 12, 2015

This was a good book. I heartily concur with the other positive reviews. Classic wise-cracking hard-boiled detective believably set in a surreal time and space of post WWII Europe. Showed a lot of interesting complexity, but didn't get bogged down. This was a "you might also like" suggestion after reading "The Man from Berlin" by Luke McCall. And I liked it a lot!

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ilovewhippets
Nov 26, 2014

Superbly and brilliantly written! Lots of intrigue! I highly recommend it!

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empbee
Jul 16, 2013

Well written sarcastic at the right places/moments. Great character descriptions, tense and insightful - corrupt Americans, inefficient French and the general chaos after the war.

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MonicaKT
Oct 21, 2012

Excellent author - my first Bernie Gunther thriller - couldn't put it down - I will be sure to read more of Philip Kerr's books!

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alprea
May 12, 2012

I enjoyed this book immensely. Kerr's writing combines humour and wit as the smart talking Bernie Gunther gets enmeshed in a web of deceipt and double crosses in pursuit of a career as a private investigator. The tale is woven amongst the events of Nazi Germany and the aftermath. Kerr cleverly embeds the story amongst factual events and real characters in a way that provides rare insights into the thinking and motives of the times. Read this fast-paced story and get a history lesson as well.

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rgally
Oct 04, 2011

I am not quite sure how to recommend this as it deals with some pretty horrible subjects and is full of anti-semitic language. That said it is a creature of the time it is set in - pre- and post-WW2 Germany.

Bernie Gunther is a wise-cracking PI who has been through the wars (literally).

865841 Jul 17, 2010

quite enjoyable. involved storytaking place mostly following ww2 in germany

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