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by Philip Kerr

An instant classic in the Bernie Gunther series, with storytelling that is fresher and more vivid than ever. Berlin, 1934: The Nazis have secured the 1936 Olympiad for the city but are facing foreign resistance. Hitler and Avery Brundage, the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, have connived to soft-pedal Nazi anti- Semitism and convince America to participate. Bernie Gunther, now the house detective at an upscale Berlin hotel, is swept into this world of international corruption and dangerous double-dealing, caught between the warring factions of the Nazi apparatus. Havana, 1954: Batista, aided by the CIA, has just seized power; Castro is in prison; and the American Mafia is quickly gaining a stranglehold on the city's exploding gaming and prostitution industries. Bernie, who has been unceremoniously kicked out of Buenos Aires, has resurfaced in Cuba with a new life, seemingly one of routine and relative peace. But Bernie discovers that he truly cannot outrun the burden of his past: He soon collides with a vicious killer from his Berlin days, who is mysteriously murdered not long afterward-and an old lover, who may be the murderer. If the Dead Rise Not is everything fans have come to expect from Philip Kerr: twisted intrigue, tight plotting, quick-witted one-liners, a hang-by-your-thumbs ending, and, most significant, a richer, wiser Bernie Gunther. Watch a Video
Download If the Dead Rise Not (A Bernie Gunther Novel) epub
ISBN: 0399156151
ISBN13: 978-0399156151
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Philip Kerr
Language: English
Publisher: Marian Wood Books/Putnam; 1 edition (March 18, 2010)
Pages: 448 pages
ePUB size: 1763 kb
FB2 size: 1308 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 721
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I've read some of the earlier Bernie Gunther stories and quite enjoyed them, but not so this one. It read like two stories cobbled together with not very convincing links between the two.
The first part centres on Berlin and very corrupt goings on in the preparation for the Berlin Olympics. Gunther is the house detective at the famous Adlon Hotel and meets there an American gangster, Max Reles, who is very cosy with high ranking Nazis. There is also an American Jewish journalist, Noreen Charalambides, bent on exposing to the world the realities of Nazi oppression of Jews. She and Gunther fall in love and the descriptions of the their attraction and subsequent affair are overblown to the point of being laughable. This exaggerated writing carries over into a near endless stream of "tough guy" similes and metaphors that I found irritating, as they constantly draw attention to the writing style.
The second part of the story moves to Cuba in 1954 where Gunther is living under an assumed name. Both Reles and Noreen turn up in Cuba and while the plots are resolved it's not very convincing. Kerr inserts various real life people including Meyer Lansky and Hemingway-Noreen is living in his house-but this felt like name dropping. I also found the descriptions of the Cuba's buildings slowed the action down.
In short, I found the plotting was contrived and the writing style exaggerated, a very purple version in a Chandleresque vein.
I read all of the Bernie Gunther books and this is a very good one. It starts in Berlin well before the 1936 Olympics and, as usual, the author demonstrates his excellent knowledge of the place and time and the nuances of both. The story has many twists and turns, and without giving away the story, one can only say that they are plausible and make for a real mystery. Much of the story has the Hotel Adlon as its background, and this itself is a major plus. Two thirds through the book the scene shifts almost 20 years forward to the Havana of 1954. This is unfortunate, because the the first two thirds could well have been lengthened for an even better story of a mystery in Berlin.
The last third is yet another murder mystery but with the main protagonists now 20 years older. It is essential reading for Bernie Gunther followers and of course, it could have ended very differently, for example, with Gunther not going to Germany but staying in Cuba, or clearing his CIA record, and/or moving to the US. Mystery stories from the US East Coast of th 1950's might have followed...
I would have given this book five stars but for the excessive moralizing and the lengthy monologues which sometimes gave the impression of being just fillers. The protagonist's choppy speech was also a minus. I realize that he was meant to portray a hard-boiled detective, but one would have thought that even such a character would have progressed to more complex sentences and to using less slang.
Reading Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels is a must if you are an American in today's political climate. This book is a great read, as are ll the Bernie Gunther novels.

Bernie is a Berlin police detective at a time when the Nazis are taking over Germany and expelling Jews. Besides very well done murder mysteries, Bernie is faced with multiple other challenges, for example, how to solve the murder of a Jew when the Nazi authorities have prohibited him from doing so.

Kerr's novels, although fiction, are historical accurate as to time, place, and the Nazis who took over Germany. Reading his novels makes one realize that the kind of authoritarian thuggery that were the Nazis, happens one small step at a time... a riot here, a usurping of rights, there, a seemingly innocuous law passed... until all of a sudden, it's a full fledged police state.
So far, one of my two least favorite Gunther books along with "A Quiet Flame". Similarly, both books are about Gunther's post WW2 experiences in the Americas. I find he is at his best when he writes about significant historical Nazi related events, like the Katyn Forest massacre in "A Man Without Breath" and the murder of Reich Protector Heidrich in "Prague Fatale", my two favorite books in the series. In the latter two he actually does some clever sleuthing and solves some crimes rather than just stumbling on the solutions. In the first two, partially set in Germany and partially set in Argentina and Cuba, there is less real Nazi related history to work with and the locales similarly are less interesting to me. The setting of Nazi Germany is what makes this series stand out and I feel that Kerr is having to stretch it to come up with plots in his later novels.