The Other Side of Silence

The Other Side of Silence

Large Print - 2016
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British author Philip Kerr is back with, "The Other Side of Silence", his latest "Bernie Gunther" book. (It's the 11th book in the series, and Kerr tells the reader that Bernie will return in 2017 with the 12th book, "Prussian Blue") Before I review this book, though, I'd like to tell potential new readers of Kerr that the books are not written in any kind of time order. The first three - "Berlin Noir", "The March Violets", and "The Pale Criminal" - should be read first (and they are sometimes published in one large volume), but after that, you can read them in any order. Philip Kerr's books skip around from place to place - Berlin, the Russian Front, Cuba, etc - and years - 1936 up to 1956. This latest is set on the French Riviera in 1956.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan :, Gale Cengage Learning,, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410489098
Characteristics: 485 pages.


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A bit convoluted in his strung out story of why he was a Nazi spy ( told to save his life) but otherwise fascinating blend of historical fact and great fiction.

Dec 02, 2016

The novel starts promisingly with dark but witty Raymond Chandler-like private-eye monologues from the protagonist and ends with brilliant tale-spinning of the type that made the author's previous novels successful. Unfortunately, this one spends most of the middle dawdling as if in search of a plot to end with. Weaving in W. Somerset Maugham, his spy career and his alternate lifestyle into the plot does not salvage the dreary and the very British self-deprecation style carried to extremes.

Sep 08, 2016

Philip Kerr is one of my favourite authors, unfortunately this was not one of his better books.

Aug 11, 2016

Bernie Gunther is the quintessential anti-hero and arguably the most complex and multidimensional protagonist in crime fiction.

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