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Berlin, 1934. The Nazis have been in power for just 18 months, but already Germany has seen some unpleasant changes.

Forced to resign as a homicide detective, Bernie is now house detective at the famous Adlon Hotel. The discovery of two bodies involves Bernie in the lives of two hotel guests. One is a beautiful journalist intent on persuading America to boycott the Berlin Olympiad; the other is a German-Jewish gangster who plans to use the Olympics to enrich himself.

As events unfold, Bernie uncovers a vast labour and construction racket designed to take advantage of the huge sums the Nazis are prepared to spend to showcase the new Germany to the world.

©2009 Philip Kerr (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Two for the price of one

What is there not to love about this Kerr masterpiece - the laconic narrator, the interesting characters, the sense of time and place, the twisted plots, the amount of background research by the author. We get vivid pictures of pre-war Germany, and pre-Castro Cuba as Bernie Gunter moves on from Hotel detective in Berlin to odd-jobbing fugitive in post-war Havana. Brilliant interpretation by Jeff Harding as always.

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  • jeff
  • 22-01-2019

Cuba libre

all round nothing but superlative. plot terrific, narrator equally so. couldn't stop listening. top entertainment

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  • Ian1956
  • 23-05-2010

Lost interest

Disappointing after the previous novels. The German half of the book was excellent and provided some useful background to the series as a whole. However, the Cuba switch was full of too many predictable features.

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  • chris
  • 15-03-2010

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Another episode, or rather pair of episodes, in the Bernie Gunther saga. This time Bernie is house detective at the Adlon and the story combines corruption around the building of the 1936 Olympics with the heightened tensions created by the Nazis in pre-war Berlin. Things don?t go well for Bernie and we leap-frog to 50?s pre-Castro Cuba, another evocative time and place, where Bernie has washed-up after the war (carrying on from previous books). Gunther is asked to investigate another murder, at the request of the Mob and things are not all as they seem. This nicely rounds out Kerr?s series and is brilliantly narrated by Jeff Harding.

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  • Beenz 7
  • 15-02-2021

Superb

What a gift Philip Kerr has for storytelling and really clever believable plot . And what a wonderfully complementary, rich, varied voice Jeff Harding has. Initially I wondered at Bernie Günther’s American accent but soon came to appreciate it, especially as Günther was far outdoing Philip Marlow at his own attitude and “game”. This is wonderful stuff!

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  • Brian Tew
  • 20-08-2020

Standards maintain

The book was at the standard you expect from Philip Kerr and the reading by Jeff Harding captures the mood and period not to mention the voice of Bernie and the sardonic delivery.
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  • Carol Mapley
  • 03-09-2019

Hmmm

The Bernie Gunter series is a masterpiece of fiction but why, oh why did they let an American narrate the book. Gunter is a Berliner not a wise cracking Philip Marlowe wannabe from LA.

Book and story brilliant, narration yuk.

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  • Stephen Timms
  • 08-02-2019

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This is a later book and Mr Kerr’s style and writing only improves. The plot is very good and the characters are well chosen. The narration is perfect for this type of novel. I have already downloaded the rest of the series and repeat what I have said in earlier reviews of his works: so sad that Philip Kerr is no longer with us but his legacy continues.

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  • Paula McMullan
  • 01-02-2019

A gripping whodunit, whydunit and howdunit

Once more Philip Kerr through Bernie Gunther paints a vivid picture of Nazi Germany and pre-Castro Cuba. Bernie has to outthink a series of wrong 'uns again leavungbthe reader to wait till the last few minutes for the denouement. BG is getting quite old is the more recent books. I hope Kerr continues to write these retrospective stories for some time to come

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  • Rob
  • 21-07-2015

Bernie at his cynical best

What made the experience of listening to If the Dead Rise Not the most enjoyable?

great read if you haven't read Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series and like Chandler type fiction you are missing out

What did you like best about this story?

The pace of the story is great action all the way

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

Jeff Harding's accent at first grates a bit as you can't believe it is Bernie but after a while belief is suspended

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Cuba will never be the same again

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  • Che
  • 02-07-2015

If the dead rise not

Where does If the Dead Rise Not rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is by far the best of the first six.... was totally enthralled... jeff harding should be asked to read field grey.... and all of the bernie books

What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jeff gets the humour, and the synicisym, i thought he was bernie gunther!!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Bernie reflecting on how he was more virtuouis when we meet his earlier self!

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  • Bibliophile
  • 26-06-2013

Wartime Berlin

The Bernie Gunther books are a fascinating series, moving from the 30s to the 40s and more recently into the 50s. The depiction of pre-war Berlin, with the rise of Nazism, the devastation of war-torn Berlin is well described.

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