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    Pierre Frei
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    Atlantic Books; Main edition (September 15, 2005)
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    384 pages
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Berlin: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, July 27, 2007. Berlin uses history with a breadth and detail that is startling and convincing. Now that the mass murder has stopped, murder is once again a matter of individuals.

Berlin: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, July 27, 2007. by. Pierre Frei (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more.

Set in a devastated Berlin one month after the close of the Second World War, Berlin has been acclaimed as ?ambitious. I love a great detective story, and this is one. But what separates this story from most novels is the emphasis Frei places on the CRIME VICTIMS. Four or five blonde women are found murdered in post-war Berlin. A spree-killer is on the loose. The novel centers on the German policeman (and his family) and an American policeman, stationed in the occupied city, who team up to find the killer.

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Berlin by Pierre Frei begins a month after the Second World War has ended. Translated from the German by Anthea Bell. At first it seems that this is going to be another police procedural, with a German detective teamed up with an American military policeman to hunt for the killer. But as the life story of each is told in a series of flashbacks, what emerges is a vivid picture of Germany as Hitler's followers tighten their grip on the country.

A Suitcase in Berlin by. Pierre Frei. Berlín 1945 by. Berlin: A Novel by. Pierre Frei, Alex Wyndham (Reading).

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Berlin: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 10, 2006. This is a bargain book and quantities are limited. com price sticker identifying them as such.

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Occupied Berlin, 1945, American Sector  .

Berlin, 1945, American Sector. Ben, 15, aspiring black marketeer, finds the body of a young, blonde, German woman on the line at Uncle Tom's Cabin subway station. She has been sexually abused and strangled with a chain. Inspector Dietrich is quickly brought in, along with his American counterpart in the Military Police, John Ashburner. But as the two detectives set about solving this brutal murder it becomes clear that the case is not isolated, when the bodies of young women are discovered in the French and Russian Sectors of the city. Whilst detectives struggle to understand what links these terrible murders - apart from a shadowy motorcyclist who always seems to be near-at-hand at the time the murders are committed - Berlin itself battles to recover itself from the ashes of the newly lost War that tore the City apart. Witty, daring and subtle, this gripping whodunit will leave the reader gasping.

This is another book that I never ordered or read.
This thriller is set in post-WW II Berlin and is full of rich atmospherical detail that transports the reader right into the middle of what life was like back then. The delicate balance between the German population and the allies, the difficulties of everyday life and its scarcities, the detailed and accurate descriptions of the neighborhood where the murders take place - all that helps to create the background for an intriguing thriller that takes a slightly different approach to its genre than most:

Instead of solely focussing on solving the murders of several women, the author also gives us the detailed life stories of the victims which makes for a much more involved reading experience. By the time a woman gets murdered by the unknown perpetrator, the reader knows her and has developed an emotional bond with her. Thus making her murder that much more painful. The reader inevitably develops a much greater interest in finding out who the perp is than if the emphasis were simply on the Whodunit.

Besides nail-biting suspense I have also loved learning so much about this era of German history and how people coped with daily life back then.

I tremendously enjoyed the read - no wonder this thriller was such a bestseller in Germany.
This book could have been promising, unfortunately it has a lot of problems. I thought it might be a horrible translation, but then I went to (german) and read the reviews for the un-translated (German) edition (a lot of bad ones), and came to the conclusion that it is both. I read a sample on my kindle and since this sounded interesting, I purchased the book. Growing up in Berlin and being familiar with the city made it more interesting for me, however, I would understand that people who don't know the city might get bored with the constant location and street name descriptions. The writing is amateurish and cliche phrases are repeated constantly. All the women, although traumatized, starved and half dead are constantly ready for sex with various partners. The description here leans more to the comical than erotic. The translation is the worst I ever read, for instance, "he parked on the kerb" (what is a kerb?), was it that hard to look up the correct spelling? A man who did extraordinary heroic things "deserved an order" -no, he derserved a medal" (german word for medal is Orden - that where the translator apparently got the "order" from) and this goes on and on, one goof after another.
The idea for the book is not bad, as said in the hands of a good writer and translator it could have been great.
This is an amazing book. In authoritative detail the author tells what it was like in Berlin as the war came to an end, but in addition to that, he spins a nifty tale of a serial killer on the loose. This is a book within a book. You have the tales of the murder victims told in great detail as they coped with life in pre-war, wartime and immediate post-war Berlin. And then you have the serial killer. There also is a third theme: the competition between the American occupiers and the German criminal investigators who had little affection for each other as they try to solve a crime. Frei has written a masterpiece of a story that, in addition to being a good whodunit, gives a riveting look at life in occupied Berlin.
The writing is not very good. Perhaps that is the fault of the translation. The plot interests somewhat, but the author commits gaffes of fact that make the historical context unbelievable. One example: on 19 April,1945 a young woman books passage on a Lufthansa flight from Lisbon to Berlin! Even assuming that Lufthansa (or any other private airline) was in fact in regular international service during the last month of the war in Europe, the skies between Lisbon and Berlin were rather unfriendly then, filled with American and British fighter planes that roamed at will shooting up anything that moved on the ground or in the air. Particularly in the air and particularly airplanes with swastika insignia. The author attempts credulity by having the airliner attacked but once, by a British Mosquito fighter bomber, which the airline pilot skillfully eludes by flying at tree top level. In truth, even the worst Mosquito pilot, flying an aircraft that could outpace any civilian passenger plane then in existence, would have made mincemeat of the Lufthansa. In another passage, Red Army troops show up (in 1945) wielding "Kalashnikovs," an automatic weapon not invented until 1947. One could go on and on. Historical fiction has to be historical, to begin with, and this one doesn't even come close. Wait for the next Furst.
Either the writer is an untrained and unskilled beginner with only rudimentary language skills, or the translator is all of the above. Or both. The writing is clumsy, and the exposition is stilted, stunted, and generally incompetent. The psychology behind the killings is childish and ill-formed, and the characters are cartoonish. Other than that, this book is a complete waste of time.
Thoughtful and detailed writing that touches on layers of characters and society thought WWII. So many characters to identify with!
Some interesting historical tidbits regarding the US occupation of Berlin after WWII. Relationship between US military and German police and civilians shows a lot of residual hatred and superiority of victors. Germans recognized they had been defeated but tried to do their job under very strained and difficult conditions.Gives good picture of the destitution and hardship to German population, particularly women as few of the soldiers had yet returned from Western prison camps Those captured by Russians who survived captivity did not return until mid-50s .