My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book comprises the following books: March Violets (1989), The Pale Criminal (1990) and A German Requiem (1991).
Bernard Gunther is a former Commissioner of the Berlin police and also an ex-soldier, became a private detective. His style of working reminds Philip Marlowe in the late 1930s.
In this trilogy, the author describes in a magnificent way the III Reich and its apogee until the German in ruins in 1947 after the end of World War II. The description of how Berlin was “cleaned” for the Olympic Games (1936) and the persecution to the jews is very well described by the author, one feels like watching a movie of that time.
In 1989, my brother and I, we managed to visited the original stadium which nowadays was totally rebuilt for the FIFA’s 2006. I cannot describe our feelings when entering by the main entrance of that stadium since you will feel chills down your spine.
This is a splendid book which dignifies the great “roman noirs”.
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