Berlin Noir I – March Violets
It’s all very noir – the title is perfectly clear about that – with the cynical detective, the girl(s), high stakes and the powerful players, the surprise twists; and it’s really very well written and a great deal of fun. Bernie Gunther, our detective in this story is caught up in a web of deceit and facades, that starts out with the investigation of stolen jewellery and takes him all over a 1930s Berlin (with a bonus stint in Dachau). There’s many recognizable Nazi names in the book, all playing their fictional part and creating the atmosphere of insecurity and fear that must have been all too common to that era in Germany. The constant reminder that missing people are no longer anything out of the ordinary, that anyone can disappear and everyone who knew them wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow, that anything you say or do can be used against you and most probably will…it makes for good gritty drama. Not much else to say without avoiding spoilers and it’s worth reading to see what happens.
Oh, and happy bday, RDJ! 😀 Should we celebrate with a trailer for the new (and silly) Iron Man, or with the trailer for the very funny Kiss Kiss Bang Bang? I’d say watch the latter, because Lethal Weapon is kind of a guilty pleasure with me.