Greeks Bearing Gifts

Greeks Bearing Gifts

Large Print - 2018 | Large print edition.
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It is 1956 and Bernie Gunther has a new name (Christoph Ganz), a clean passport, a chip on his shoulder, and a menial low-paying job in Munich. And then an old friend arrives to repay a debt. He encourages Bernie to take a job as a claims adjuster in a major German insurance company. When Bernie tries to confront Siegfried Witzel, a brutish former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war, he finds that somebody else has gotten to him first.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525589242
Branch Call Number: KERR
Characteristics: 624 pages (large print) ; 24 cm..
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Jan 03, 2019

Murder mystery series of 14 novels, detective is Gunther, takes place in Nazi Germany . Nat. Post rec.

Oct 08, 2018

Another good book from Kerr mostly taking place in postwar Greece. Parts of the book are repetitive and make it longer than necessary. A good read all the same. There is always something new to learn. Excellent research backs up the facts.

It is always satisfying to get some real history ensconced in a great novel. I had no idea of the Nazi impact on Jewish community in Greece during WWII. As always the Bernie Gunther character takes the Greek culture in cynical good humour ( the food, the wine and the bribes). But the political scandal of how Greece pardoned the war criminals in the 1950's is not well known. The novel ultimately reflects irony that the Greek Government insists on having Germany pay for war crimes to the expense of getting on with the task of building up their own economy. And I loved the scenes when the Israeli Nazi hunter portends the fate of Greece in the EEC. Brilliant writing. Wonderful political/ murder mystery.

May 27, 2018

Too much filler for my taste, wasted a lot of paper by adding material that was unnecessary. Although it did provide a vehicle to what Greece is all about, that still goes on today. Lots of history as usual from the author, too bad we won't see any more reading from Mr Kerr. RIP and thanks for what you have written

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