Berlin Noir

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For years, my favorite crime novel was Philip Kerr´s “A Philosophical Investigation”. Picked up because it shared a title with Wittgenstein´s best work, it is very interesting, a cross between a Philip K Dick and a murder mystery with quotes from Wittgenstein and other philosophers.

Kerr also came up with a character named Bernie Gunther, an old lecherous detective in Nazi Germany, and maybe I liked him because I was old and lecherous. Unfortunately after three novels collected in Berlin Noir, Gunther disappeared and Kerr wrote a series of mindless novels, probably aimed at Hollywood. Then he started writing for kids. I gave up on him.

My favorite detective after Bernie Gunther was Pepe Carvalho, an invention of Manuel Vazquez Montalban. Pepe Carvalho was old, lecherous and a fabulous cook as well. Unfortunately, Montalban died in 2003, and I was left without a favorite detective. Never got around to reading Andrea Camilleri, whose books are strewn around Landmark, who invented a detective very similar to Pepe Carvalho in Inspector Montalbano.

On a random search, I found that Bernie Gunther is back in two novels, “The one from the other” and “A quiet flame”.  Also, a DVD of “Thuppariyum Sambu” is out. Life is good.

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