The Other Side Of Silence

The Other Side Of Silence

Large Print - 2016
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"Once I'd been a good detective in Kripo, but that was a while ago, before the criminals wore smart gray uniforms and nearly everyone locked up was innocent." Being a Berlin cop in 1942 was a little like putting down mousetraps in a cage full of tigers. The war is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera. It is 1956 and Bernie is the go-to guy at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for touring tips or if you need a fourth for bridge. As it happens, a local writer needs just that, someone to fill the fourth seat in a regular game that is the usual evening diversion at the Villa Mauresque. Not just any writer. Perhaps the richest and most famous living writer in the world: W. Somerset Maugham. And it turns out it is not just a bridge partner that he needs; it's some professional advice. Maugham is being blackmailed--perhaps because of his unorthodox lifestyle. Or perhaps because of something in his past, because once upon a time, Maugham worked for the British secret service, and the people now blackmailing him are spies. As Gunther fans know, all roads lead back to the viper's nest that was Hitler's Third Reich and to the killing fields that spread like a disease across Europe. Even in 1956, peace has not come to the continent: now the Soviets have the H-bomb and spies from every major power feel free to make all of Europe their personal playground."--
Publisher: Waterville, ME :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, , 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410489098
Characteristics: 485 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Apr 30, 2018

I really enjoyed this noir thriller. The time and place are very cool/interesting and I like how Kerr weaves some historical figures and events into the story.

" or sometimes inside a club called the blue stocking, on the corner of linenstrasse...' I don't like that mon bijous scene. the ladies club scorpions. i take no pleasure in a woman touching me down there..' no, darling, you don't look at the whole house when you're putting a letter in the box.'' a voice said, loudly, " finished your talking, have you? good, ' said the dancer, and dropped her drawers in one quick and unerotic movement and paused just to make sure every one got a good view of everything, then, collecting the underwear off the floor and stalked crossly off the stage..the lloyds served something called a ' full english breakfast: two fried eggs, two strips of bacon,a sausage, a tomato, some mushrooms, and toast.' it was hard to believe anyone could have fought a war on a breakfast like that."

Feb 19, 2018

I like the mystery mixed with historical anecdotes and lesser known facts. Kerr's style is easy to read, funny and entertaining.

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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