The Other Side of Silence

The Other Side of Silence

Bernie Gunther Series, Book 11

eBook - 2016
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When Bernie Gunther takes on a blackmail case and gets involved in the affairs of British spies, the former detective risks exposing his own dark past in this thrilling novel hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "one of Kerr's best." Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 1956. Having gone into hiding in the French Riviera, Bernie Gunther is working as a concierge at the Grand-Hôtel under a false name. His days and nights consist of maneuvering drunks to their rooms, shooing away prostitutes in search of trade, and answering the mindless questions posed by the absurdly rich guests—needless to say, he's miserable. Now, the man who was once a homicide detective and unwilling SS officer in Hitler's Third Reich is simply the person you turn to for touring tips or if you need a bridge partner. As it just so happens, a rich and famous writer needs someone to fill the fourth seat in a regular game at the Villa Mauresque. But Somerset Maugham wants Bernie to help him get out of a game far more dangerous than bridge. Maugham is being blackmailed—perhaps because of his unorthodox lifestyle, or perhaps because, once upon a time, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service...
Publisher: 2016
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Marian Wood Books/Putnam, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 975 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780698413115

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flygt
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."

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empbee
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.

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gvenkatesh
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.

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mstolarik
Sep 08, 2016

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

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gogo12127
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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