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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143112295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143112297
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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As with all Philip Kerr novels, The One From the Other, did not fail to entertain. Bernie Gunther's nihilism, sense of humour, single mindedness, risk taking and death avoidance are signature details of the series and this novel is woven with the same elements that make Gunther the ideal anti hero. One criticism is Gunther's almost predictable ( and slightly tedious) womanizing. Perhaps one could say it was the times, but the women of Bernie Gunther's world are mostly untrustworthy tarts whose main assets are not in the part of the body that drives the thinking process. Kerr's anti-Arab rant at the end of the novel seemed ideological and out of place as it rather clumsily conflated the entrenched antisemitism of the Europeans with the Arab-Israeli conflict of today. It's a rather disingenuous bit of reasoning that has been widely discredited. Still, the atmospherics, punctuated with historical detail and first person storytelling, transports the reader to a different era where calculated miscarriages of justice were commonplace, good guys and bad buys were indistinguishable and the high principles that honest people lived their lives by were sacrificed so they could survive another day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 3 2010
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Kerr takes the hard-boiled detective and puts him on the quite authentically mean streets of post-war Germany, sending his readers on a topsy-turvy ride through what amounts to a quite thrilling and unpredictable ride. Unfortunately the end action turns somewhat on Gunther behaving in a somewhat careless fashion and getting caught, but that's really the only hiccup that ventures near irritation. Kerr's writing should be satisfying enough for those who prefer good style, making this a thriller that the more picky among us can enjoy without too much irritation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 6 2010
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In 1949 Kerr's hero extraordinaire, Bernie Gunther, is no ordinary survivor of the Hitler era. After years of working for the Kripos, the SD and the SS in the Nazis' resettlement of Eastern Europe during WW II, Gunther has come home to start his life again. Jobs are scarce and friends are few, so Gunther turns his talents to doing what he knows best: locating missing persons, an apparent growth industry in a divided post-war Germany. Out of the blue he is hired to investigate the whereabouts of a missing husband who has sinister ties to the Holocaust and is a condemned war criminal in absentia. Along the way, Gunther will become involved in a web of treachery that will call on his best instinctive skills just to stay alive. What keeps him going is his pragmatic sense of how to get close enough to the enemy without being compromised or being caught. In this case his nemesis is a prominent Nazi right-wing group protecting high-ranking members of the Gestapo diectly involved in the Final Solution. Gunther, like in the other chapters of his life, is a man motivated by a subtle combination of self-enlightened preservation and a strong sense of morality. I would recommend this thriller because Kerr encases his story in a very fast-moving plot line that takes the reader into some very hair-raising and chilling adventures from which only a person of incredible wit, charm and savvy to extricate himself. As Gunther becomes further entangled in the web of sinister circumstances, we find him more committed than ever to getting at the truth of the matter, regardless of the cost to limb and life. Nothing fazes this man because he has seen it all before in the horrors of Nazism and the war.Read more ›
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