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Detective fiction set around WWII-ish?


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I'm enjoying a new book by one of my favourite detective fiction writers, Philip Kerr, starring the indestructible Bernie Gunther. This one, called "If the Dead Rise Not" is set back in 1934, while Bernie is the house detective at the Adlon Hotel in Berlin (so it predates the Berlin Noir trilogy for those familiar with Bernie's novels, all of which are set either before or immediately after WWII).

I think in this book Bernie's anti-Nazi one-liners seem to be getting better, too, and I thought I'd post some for no particularly good reason at all. Here goes:

"Their light brown tunics and red armbands made them easy to spot, which makes me think that Nazi officials and pheasants had something in common. You didn't have to know anything about them personally to want to shoot one."

AND

"Don't get me wrong," I said. "I just love Nazis. I've a sneaking suspicion that ninety-nine point nine percent of Nazis are giving the other point one percent an undeservedly bad reputation."

Does anyone know of any other detective fiction set around the WWII era? I wouldn't mind reading some more, but it'll have to be good to match Bernie's exploits.

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REVS,

Maybe these'll help.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/41706

http://www.sldirectory.com/libsf/booksf/mystery/britain.html

http://www.south-central-media.co.uk/war/war-sts.htm

Look this one up

The Web of Iniquity: Early Detective Fiction by American Women by Catherine Ross Nickerson

Clyde Clason reviewed here (Moon, hope this is okay!)

http://www.ruemorguepress.com/authors/clason.html

Really branching out here!

http://wallacethinksagain.blogspot.com/2008/06/little-known-greats-in-contemporary.html

The War Against Miss Winter

By Kathryn Miller Haines

http://www.themillions.com/2006/05/reading-list-world-war-2-fiction.html

Regards,

John Kettler

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Look for Nestor Burma. I have only read one graphic novel based on the first book by Jacques Tardi, but it was really interesting - a French detective, after released from POW camp, investigating the murder of a friend in occupied Paris. The setting was brilliant. Several films and a tv series have been made of it.

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IL EST MORT!

Robert Harris' Fatherland is a must read.

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REVS,

Sergei is absolutely right about FATHERLAND. Brilliant book! Christie's Hercule Poirot novels would seem pertinent.

http://www.economicexpert.com/a/Hercule:Poirot.html

The there're these novels:

http://www.slate.com/id/2212655/pagenum/2

Bibliography from the Golden Age of British detective novels

http://www.twbooks.co.uk/authors/goldenage.html

THE DEADLY EMBRACE: A Novel of World War II, Mrazek

THE FIFTH MAN, Coles

Nice discussion here

http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/forums/showthread.php?p=43081

Regards,

John Kettler

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