Metropolis

Metropolis

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"[Metropolis is] a perfect goodbye--and first hello--to its hero...Bernie Gunther has, at last, come home."--Washington Post New York Times-bestselling author Philip Kerr treats readers to his beloved hero's origins, exploring Bernie Gunther's first weeks on Berlin's Murder Squad. Summer, 1928. Berlin, a city where nothing is verboten. In the night streets, political gangs wander, looking for fights. Daylight reveals a beleaguered populace barely recovering from the postwar inflation, often jobless, reeling from the reparations imposed by the victors. At central police HQ, the Murder Commission has its hands full. A killer is on the loose and though he scatters many clues, each is a dead end. It's almost as if he is taunting the cops. Meanwhile, the press is having a field day. This is what Bernie Gunther finds on his first day with the Murder Commisson. He's been taken on beacuse the people at the top have noticed him--they think he has the makings of a first-rate detective. But not just yet. Right now, he has to listen and learn. Metropolis, completed just before Philip Kerr's untimely death, is the capstone of a fourteen-book journey through the life of Kerr's signature character, Bernhard Genther, a sardonic and wisecracking homicide detective caught up in an increasingly Nazified Berlin police department. In many ways, it is Bernie's origin story and, as Kerr's last novel, it is also, alas, his end. Metropolis is also a tour of a city in chaos: of its seedy sideshows and sex clubs, of the underground gangs that run its rackets, and its bewildered citizens--the lost, the homeless, the abandoned. It is Berlin as it edges toward the new world order that Hitler will soo usher in. And Bernie? He's a quick study and he's learning a lot. Including, to his chagrin, that when push comes to shove, he isn't much better than the gangsters in doing whatever her must to get what he wants.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Penguin Publishing Group, 2019.
ISBN: 9780735218918
Characteristics: 384 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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This is the back-story to Bernie Gunther and I urge Phillip Kerr's fans to read all of his books.. it does not really matter which order. They are all complete in themselves and provide a well researched and an unusual point of view of life in Nazi Germany during the rise of Hitler right, through WWI to escaping the Nazi hunts in Europe and South America.

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vickiamills
Oct 13, 2020

This is author that Steve recommends -- there a lot of books in series.

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johnulee
Jan 25, 2020

Really enjoyable read... good, interesting writing, a bunch of history, albeit German, Berlin in the late 1920's, but very well paced, executed(sorry) and concluded. Author will be missed.

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tjdickey
Oct 28, 2019

Philip Kerr returns to the grey shadows of Weimar Republic Berlin for another Bernie Gunther tale - mired in moral ambiguity, political undertow, and the swamp of human depravity surrounding our hero. Kerr, in fact, returns to some of the historical mise en scene he does best: "Hell's metropolis, Berlin itself." Bernie Gunther is younger, perhaps more naive, but already showing the depth of moral questioning which so resonates with the film noir ethos.
A triptych of serial killers and social depravity awaits him in the underbelly of Berlin society.

martins_mom Sep 14, 2019

I can’t get enough of Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther and his totally noir pre- and Post-war Berlin. He captures times, places and political situations perfectly while keeping us very interested in Gunther’s moral struggle. (I’m going to watch Fritz Lange’s film of the same name, which comes up in the book, too.)

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lerche
Aug 28, 2019

Haven't read it yet - just now reading #13 of the series. Being from Germany, I am awed and totally impressed by the scope of the novels and the tremendous research that has gone into them. I hope Tom Hanks goes through with rumored plans of bringing Bernie to the screen!

17 Sep 19 - Just finished "Metropolis" and am feeling a profound sadness that this was the last book in the series. Bernie Gunther was very real; now we'll never know how he adjusted to post-war Germany.

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susanchyn
Aug 06, 2019

Words cannot begin to describe the pleasure gleaned from reading Metropolis by Philip Kerr.

It is set in Berlin 1928ish and soo soo good, making it all the more painful to accept that Mr. Kerr is gone. The research that man did... the deft way he weaves richly colored threads of social history into a book peopled with real (e.g., Fritz Lang and Lotte Lenya) and fictional characters. Nothing here feels contrived. All the characters, but especially Bernie Gunther, radiate the teeming humanity and, yes, the darkness, of the late Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi Party. We see how bureaucratic and criminal dynamics shape the politics of Extreme Left and Extreme Right in a struggling democracy.

This book also reflects the complex social reaction in Germany to the World War One wounded warriors, many of whom were maimed and living on the streets. Kerr poignantly shows how--tragically--these disabled men were like salt in the wounds of the German people, who were already ashamed at having lost the Great War.

Kerr's plot flows quickly and, until up to the very end, unpredictably.

Metropolis is one of those rare books one can read again and again. Its content is so rich that it should be required reading for classes covering this era.

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hamerkop
Jul 04, 2019

Will miss the intriguing novels of this series. Kerr has melded serious research into his fiction as few have been able to accomplish. Thanks Mr. Kerr for an enjoyable voyage.

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empbee
May 22, 2019

The last, unfortunately, book of the Bernie Gunther series about murders built in the chaotic late 1920-s, early 30-s Germany. The historical background is well researched, as always. Fact and fiction mixed with great talent.

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bixbyjim
May 15, 2019

I didn't realize until the end that several of the characters were real.

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