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The Pale Criminal Audiobook

The Pale Criminal

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Publisher's Summary

During a sweltering heat wave in the summer of 1938, the German people anxiously await the outcome of the Munich conference, wondering whether the Fuhrer will plunge Europe into another war.

Meanwhile, private investigator Bernie Gunther is hired by a rich widow to find out who has been blackmailing her, as well as by the Berlin criminal police to track down a serial killer. Temporarily promoted to the rank of Kommissar, Gunther sets out to solve the dual mysteries amid the tensions of pre-war.

Hard-hitting, fast-paced and richly detailed, Philip Kerr's second Bernie Gunther novel is nothing short of spell-binding.

©1990 Philip Kerr; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Bernie Gunther's the right kind of hero for his time - and ours." (New York Times)

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    chris London, United Kingdom 19/01/2009
    chris London, United Kingdom 19/01/2009 Member Since 2011
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    "Second in the series and just as good"

    This is the second title in the "Berlin Noir" trilogy. Set in Berlin of 1938, Bernie Gunther is investigating a serial killer specialising in young German girls. Meanwhile, elements of the Nazi party are attempting to use the killings to stir up anti-Jewish rioting. An excellent story, with more interesting detail of Berlin in the 30's and the Nazi threat.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emma 05/12/2015
    Emma 05/12/2015 Member Since 2009
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    "Kerr and Harding - another winner for the team"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pale Criminal to be better than the print version?

    The chance to listen to more of Philip Kerr's books is a pleasure I look forward to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pale Criminal?

    The accuracy of his research and the authenticity he gives to the setting and background events really bring his characters to life.


    What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

    Mr Harding's performance truly brings out the dry wit with which Kerr has endowed Bernie Gunther.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Gunther's cynicism hasn't left him as he is persuaded to serve his new Nazi bosses, but his passion for the truth and justice still shines through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MsMarko 26/08/2015
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    "gripping and funny"

    nicely narrative of an enthralling adventures of Bernie . Enjoyed every minute of it. thanks

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    Nana 12/03/2014
    Nana 12/03/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating pre war Nazi German setting"

    My first Phillip Kerr book. I enjoyed the story of the individuals in the setting of a comming Nazi state. Well enjoyed isnt the right word probably fascinating that so many failed to challenge the holocaust and stand up for what was right. But how easy is it to take tha path. Jeff Hardings narration was first class. Only problem is from tine to time i felt i was in a Jack Reacher Book because it was Jeff narrating. Wonder if this is why the narrator changes later in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gunnar 17/12/2013
    Gunnar 17/12/2013
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    "Bernie Gunther back in Kripo"

    Fascinating to have a detective story set in Nazi Germany. The idea is brilliant, the reading is good without being fantastic but the story is a bit too fantastic at times.

    But all in all a very good listen.

    Recommended

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    Amazon Customer Bristol UK 07/10/2013
    Amazon Customer Bristol UK 07/10/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "German Chandler innit!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pale Criminal the most enjoyable?

    If you've read any of the Flashman books and Hammett or Chandler then in a nutshell that's what to expect. A ripping yarn set upon a backdrop of Germany between the 30's to 50's


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Leeds, United Kingdom 21/06/2010
    Miss Leeds, United Kingdom 21/06/2010 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable Yarn"

    This was an enjoyable detective story and the setting - late nineteen thirties Germany - added to the interest. I did however find the hard boiled American narration a wee bit annoying, especially as the narrator made such a good job of the other German characters.

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    Rita Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom 12/01/2010
    Rita Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom 12/01/2010 Member Since 2016
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    "Great period feel"

    i really enjoyed the hard-boiled detective in this series and the backdrop of 1930s Berlin provides a sinister atmophere. All the series are good but I did not enjoy Philip Kerr's other books. Luckily he has return to the Bernie Gunther stories

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    r maghera, United Kingdom 13/03/2009
    r maghera, United Kingdom 13/03/2009 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic listen"

    I did not know much about Germany before the war. It paints a picture of a country on a downhill slope,where serial killers, thugs and politicians do what they like.
    It is a fasinating listen and a great thriller.
    It kept me listening right to the end. I really enjoy these books and the characters are gritty, real and have plenty of human faults.
    This novel is a 1st rate listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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