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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. 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 I might be wrong in my intuition about Metropolis but I really thought it breathed the air of the older Bernie Gunther novels than his last novels which were located at the French Riviera and the pre ultimate one in Greece Especialy the pre ultimate one Greeks bearing Gifts felt like Philip Kerr was at the end of his tether and his heart was not in it any which is understandable in view of his illness So I personally thought that it was a splendid idea of Philip Kerr to give us at last the young Bernie Gunther without the burden of his future life all those murders intrigues betrayals concentration camps Hitler s election as Chancellor horrors like Himmler and Heydrich and other top nazi s and the destruction of Berlin and Germany You could say that Kerr made it easier for his fans to take leave of Bernie At least it had that effect on me Here was the unknown Bernie with a clean slate and an unburdened past But also the Bernie who is well recognizable in his independent reasoning and naturally his cynical wisecracksThe novel is situated in 1928 and starts with Bernie s first day as a detective in the Berlin Murder Division having spent a few years in the Vice Department which was naturally very educational for him to get a good view of all the lowlifes their connections and the places where they hang out Bernie was really noticed for his talent employing his creative independance and ability to communicate with each and everyone and was therefore asked by the Head of the Murder Division a Jewish intellectual to join his team The Director Mr Bernard Weiss is already starting to get harrassed by the fascists but they do not have any substantial influence yet especially in Berlin In the Author s Note at the end of the book we learn that Bernard Weiss was a real historical person who fled Germany a few days before Hitler became Chancellor But already in 1928 it is clear that things will be getting progressively nasty especially with those bands of Goebbels followers roaming the streets and taking pleasure in harrassing everyone especially Jewish people Bernie is put on the task of finding the murderer of 4 prostitutes This murderer has the very nasty habit of scalping his victims so he gets the nickname Winnetou after the scalping Indian in the Karl May novels Subseuent to these atrocious murders begging WW I veterans in wheel chairs in the streets are shot in the head with a single shot in the forehead So there you go Bernie is investigating nine murders as his first assignmentIan Rankin wrote a touching and interesting introduction to this last Bernie He praises Philip Kerr for his humour humanity and existential dread in the portrayal of Bernie Gunther and the description of the ever darkening world around him I could not agree Make your own model forts & castles regret there will never be another Bernie to look forward to But I am happy to Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury report this was a How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim 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 I might be wrong in my intuition about Metropolis but I Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic recognizable in his independent A Daddy for Christmas really noticed for his talent employing his creative independance and ability to communicate with each and everyone and was therefore asked by the Head of the Murder Division a Jewish intellectual to join his team The Director Mr Bernard Weiss is already starting to get harrassed by the fascists but they do not have any substantial influence yet especially in Berlin In the Author s Note at the end of the book we learn that Bernard Weiss was a Banned in Britain real historical person who fled Germany a few days before Hitler became Chancellor But already in 1928 it is clear that things will be getting progressively nasty especially with those bands of Goebbels followers Hour of the Beast roaming the streets and taking pleasure in harrassing everyone especially Jewish people Bernie is put on the task of finding the murderer of 4 prostitutes This murderer has the very nasty habit of scalping his victims so he gets the nickname Winnetou after the scalping Indian in the Karl May novels Subseuent to these atrocious murders begging WW I veterans in wheel chairs in the streets are shot in the head with a single shot in the forehead So there you go Bernie is investigating nine murders as his first assignmentIan Rankin wrote a touching and interesting introduction to this last Bernie He praises Philip Kerr for his humour humanity and existential dread in the portrayal of Bernie Gunther and the description of the ever darkening world around him I could not agree

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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. 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 roaming the streets of Berlin But best of all Kerr places Gunther in a time of Weimar Germany with the whole country still suffering from its bitter defeat in World War One There s a darkness festering in the air And some areas are filled with the raunchiest of nightclubs and cabarets and sex clubs a real Sodom and Gommorah Legless veterans who survived the trenches are begging in the railway stations Prostitutes line the alleys and the world is bitter cynical The Nazis are advancing towards 1933 but they re not yet in power as their evil specter still hovers like a dark cloud over the future This book really brings to life a time and place and offers historical perspective It is far than just another detective novel Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury right when he was promoted to the homicide bureau putting his detective mind to work solving a case of a serial murderer How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim roaming the streets of Berlin But best of all Kerr places Gunther in a time of Weimar Germany with the whole country still suffering from its bitter defeat in World War One There s a darkness festering in the air And some areas are filled with the Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic real Sodom and Gommorah Legless veterans who survived the trenches are begging in the A Daddy for Christmas re not yet in power as their evil specter still hovers like a dark cloud over the future This book Banned in Britain really brings to life a time and place and offers historical perspective It is far than just another detective novel

Philip Kerr ☆ 3 read

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. 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 book and love the gentleness he lays in there when he speaks about his friend and fellow writer he shall be missed I expect this book to be a bittersweet experience it being the last book of a really brilliant series written by a man who has passed away and shall never be able to hear the praise it undoubtedly will receiveThis final installment of the Bernie Gunther books is in essence a preuel a return to the beginnings of Bernie Gunther as a policeman for the Berlin Mordkommision In the opening we see him being asked to join the Murder suad by his new boss Bernard Weiss The fun bit about the books of Kerr are how he drops in real people to give his stories ore a reality based feeling For me this book was set out in a very recognizable Berlin I have recently seen Berlin Babylon which is set in the same era of German history and Berlin It makes me wonder if Philip Kerr has seen the same show which might have prompted him to return to the Berlin pre Nazi yearsBernie shows very uickly he has what it takes to solve a murder which pleases his new boss very much When confronted with the next murder he is thrown into a case involving a serial killer who targets prostitutes kills them with a hammer blow in the neck and then scalps them thus earning him the moniker Winnetou based on the famous character as created by the eually famous Karl May who wrote this series of books about the nobel Indian chieftain Winnetou In his investigations Bernie comes across a criminal whose daughter was the last victim and he is very interested in finding out about the culpritEnter a second serial killer who kills the handicapped veterans of WWI because as he taunts the police they are a blight on the beautiful city of Berlin This high profile case takes the public interest away from some dead prostitutes and so Bernie gets cast into another murdercase In this one he actually goes undercover and sees his own city from a different viewpointOnce again we see history through Bernie Gunthers eyes where Philip Kerr does not mind being a wee bit naughty like Gunthers encounter with Thea von Harbou the wife and scriptwriter of Fritz Lang a famous German movie director in which he essentially give her the idea for the movie M Eine Stadt sucht einen M rder about a killer in Berlin well worth your time watching even if it is perhaps uncomfortable This famous director is also the creator of a famous movie called Metropolis it is a silent movie but with the recent find in Argentina of lost footage the movie has become grand and is well worth your viewing pleasureKerr describes a Berlin in the Interbellum The period between the two great Wars where live is difficult and hard for the common folks where anything goes and as the upcoming Nazis felt was a Sodom and Gomorrah Through the eyes of Bernie Gunther we see this city post WWI and the threat of the incoming disaster already showing Once again a tour de force by Philip Kerr and sadly his last one this book is a worthy closing chapter even if the writer had perhaps some ideas for future installments We shall never know but he left a series that is well worth your time and attentionHis first three Berlin Noir books were a great trilogy but in my humble opinion the next eleven books that started to appear close to 15 years later show a different view upon World War 2 and its conseuences after the war I find these eleven books very interesting and insightful as they show a picture we generally are not told about as we like to keep such a romantic and adventure view of World War 2 which turns out to be such a pallet of Grey variations We get to see them through the eyes of Bernie Gunther German no Nazi survivor and policemanDo yourself a favor and read the last eleven books to learn about Europe and our last great war and enjoy the company of Bernie Gunther I prefer the latter books to the original trilogy of Berlin NoirI will undoubtedly revisit this series in the future as there will be no new books

  • Paperback
  • 400
  • Metropolis
  • Philip Kerr
  • en
  • 12 August 2018
  • 9781787473225

About the Author: Philip Kerr

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10 thoughts on “Metropolis

  1. says:

    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 Je

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    The book is entitled Metropolis not just because of the appearance of Fritz Lang but because the main character might be

  4. says:

    Well that’s it then Read my 14th and last Bernie Gunther detective To my great regret there will never be anot

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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 laugh it is sad we will not have of Kerr books

  7. says:

    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 crimesHere is ho

  8. says:

    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 book and lo

  9. says:

    Set in 1928 during the Weimar Republic this features a younger innocent less cynical Bernie Gunther who has just

  10. says:

    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 t

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