If the Dead Rise Not by Philip Kerr
(Bernie Gunther Novels)

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An instant classic in the Bernie Gunther series, with storytelling that is fresher and more vivid than ever.

Berlin, 1934: The Nazis have secured the 1936 Olympiad for the city but are facing foreign resistance. Hitler and Avery Brundage, the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, have connived to soft-pedal Nazi anti- Semitism and convince America to participate. Bernie Gunther, now the house detective at an upscale Berlin hotel, is swept into this world of international corruption and dangerous double-dealing, caught between the warring factions of the Nazi apparatus.

Havana, 1954: Batista, aided by the CIA, has just seized power; Castro is in prison; and the American Mafia is quickly gaining a stranglehold on the city's exploding gaming and prostitution industries. Bernie, who has been unceremoniously kicked out of Buenos Aires, has resurfaced in Cuba with a new life, seemingly one of routine and relative peace. But Bernie discovers that he truly cannot outrun the burden of his past: He soon collides with a vicious killer from his Berlin days, who is mysteriously murdered not long afterward-and an old lover, who may be the murderer.

If the Dead Rise Not is everything fans have come to expect from Philip Kerr: twisted intrigue, tight plotting, quick-witted one-liners, a hang-by-your-thumbs ending, and, most significant, a richer, wiser Bernie Gunther.

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About Philip Kerr

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Philip Kerr is the author of many novels, but perhaps most important are the five featuring Bernie Gunther—A Quiet Flame, The One from the Other, and the Berlin Noir trilogy (March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem). He lives in London and Cornwall, England, with his family.
Published February 25, 2010 by Penguin Books. 464 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kerr's nameless narrator, a Moscow police investigator sent to St. Petersburg to observe the local force's tactics in handling the Mafia, gets a closer look than he expected when, hours after his arrival, noted investigative reporter Mikhail Milyukin, long a Mafia foe, is gunned down along with p...

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Now here he is in Havana, confronting déjà vu situations and at least two very unsettling people: Noreen Charalambides, a beautiful Jewish woman he’d loved and risked for, and Max Reles, a ferocious gangster he both hated and feared.

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Both newcomers and established fans will appreciate Kerr's outstanding sixth Bernie Gunther novel (after A Quiet Flame ), as it fills in much of the German P

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The new one, If the Dead Rise Not, is a terrific story that flips from 1934 Berlin to 1954 Havana.As the action begins, Bernie is working as the house detective at the Hotel Adlon, a real-life Berlin institution that was the "Grand Hotel" in that Greta Garbo movie.

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New York Journal of Books

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By the end of his investigation, they both know whodunit, they are separated, and Gunther is stuck working for the Nazis he detests.The second half of this hefty book picks up 20 years later, two years after the most recent Gunther novel, 2006’s A Quiet Place.

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The Telegraph

It pivots on tenders for the 1936 Olympic Games stadium, a perfectly improbable beauty called – of all things – Noreen, and a terrible rotter who likes to kill people with a specially imported ice pick (the sort used for breaking ice for cocktails, rather than mountaineering).

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Reviewing the Evidence

After I first made Bernie Gunther's acquaintance in the BERLIN NOIR trilogy, I remember closing the cover with mixed emotions.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Woods Times (UK) 4 of 5 Stars "As characters in detective fiction go, Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther is a one-off, a wisecracking Philip Marlowe type born in Berlin, press-ganged into the SS and left to spend his latter years revisiting ghosts of his past while wandering around Latin America.

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Book Geeks

The sixth but to my mind the least successful of Philip Kerr’s fantastic Bernie Gunther series.

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“It helps convince us we’re doing something, even when we’re doing nothing much at all.” While our hero never stops smoking—or drinking schnapps—things begin to heat up when a prosperous lodger dies on Gunther’s watch.

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