The Other Side of Silence

The Other Side of Silence

Book - 2016
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"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."--
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
Edition: U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780399177040
0399177043
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KERR 2016
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 24 cm

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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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