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Philip Kerr August 13, 2016

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…interviewed in Socialist Worker some years back. Always liked Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series, crime thrillers set in the 1930s, 40s and 50s in Germany and elsewhere that shine a relentless light on the nature of the Nazi regime and the ripples that spread out from it. Interesting interview too, underscoring just how political his work is. Interestingly, and Kerr mentions this in the interview, Gunther is portrayed as a republican (and in the books IIRC he is a supporter of the SDP linked Iron Front). Anyone else read Kerr?

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1. Jim Monaghan - August 14, 2016

Read them all. Very good. Though his obvious stroppyness was a little too blatant.

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WorldbyStorm - August 14, 2016

That’s one thing that always gets me. Hard to see how he’d get away with it.

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2. Jim Monaghan - August 14, 2016

Did you ever read this guy.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Furst Good on background but not convincing. .

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WorldbyStorm - August 14, 2016

Often wondered about those Jim. Never read them.

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Jim Monaghan - August 14, 2016

A friend regards them as similar to Eric Ambler, IO think he is wrong.

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3. Tomboktu - August 14, 2016

I’ve read some Furst, but found the wrapping up if the plots far fetched, even for the genre.

I like Ambler.

I feel I should have read Kerr, but I don’t recognise any of the titles.

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WorldbyStorm - August 14, 2016

Ambler is fantastic, and many of his books were written during that period. Interestingly he was a man of the left, quite radical at the beginning less so later but always centre left.

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4. Sloe_Jim - August 15, 2016

The guy behind The Americans, Joe Weisburg, wrote an excellent spy novel called An Ordinary Spy, that is contemporary, and hyper-realist. t was redacted by the CIA, and he’s left the relation marks in, and presumably added some himself, which is less annoying than it sounds.

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WorldbyStorm - August 15, 2016

Cheers, I’ll check that out. I like the Americans a lot.

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