Thursday, December 29, 2022

The Pale Criminal by Philip Kerr -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



How was your Christmas weekend? Merry, I hope! And I hope Santa brought you all the books you wished for. 

Please share the opening sentence (or so) from one of your new books with us here on Book Beginnings on Fridays. Or share from the book you are reading this week, or from a book that caught your fancy. 


"Just like a fucking cuckoo."

-- The Pale Criminal by Philip Kerr. 

Oh my! Excuse me. I didn't remember the opening sentence uses the f-word right off the bat like that. Like most litigation lawyers, I swear continuously. And I'm married to another litigator. So between the two of us, I'm so inured to profanity, I probably didn't even notice this opening sentence!

The Pale Criminal is the second book in Kerr's mystery series set in WWII-era Germany, featuring Bernie Gunther, a former police inspector turned private detective. I started it after Christmas since a hard-boiled crime book didn't strike me as how I wanted to commemorate the birth of my Lord. But this is one of the many, many series I want to tackle because the books have been lingering on my shelves and in the back of my mind for too long. 

I plan to move straight on to the next book in the Bernie Gunther series, which will count as my German book for the 2023 European Reading Challenge. If you want to join in and read books (of your own choosing) from different European countries, click through to the main challenge page for details. I've hosted the European Reading Challenge here on Rose City Reader for 11 years!


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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


From The Pale Criminal:
Reinhardt Lange’s letters were written on the heavier weight of paper that only people in love bother to buy – the kind that costs so much it has to be taken seriously. The hand was neat and fastidious, even careful, which was more than could be said of the contents.


  1. Funny that you didn't notice the swear word until you typed it. I often listen to audiobooks and so swear words can't be missed if I read print versions, I think my eyes just skim over them without a thought.

    Happy New Year!
    My Friday post

  2. LOL about the swear word. Sometimes I don't realize it either. I'm looking forward to doing better with the European reading challenge in 2023. Happy New Year!

  3. WWII era Germany does sound intriguing. Wish it didn't have the swear word at the beginning, but it wouldn't completely deter me.

  4. It sounds absolutely like a book for me!

  5. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. We had a good one. I got one book and some money, which I immediately turned into 4 books ;) Still waiting on 2 of them to arrive. Have a great weekend, happy new year!

  6. As an attorney (and a former prosecutor), I can vouch for swearing being part of the job! The book sounds interesting. I'd read it!

    Happy New Year!

  7. Great opening line!! LOL Wishing you the best for 2023!

  8. Great opening line - it sure gets your attention! Happy New Year!

  9. I confess I don't always notice cursing in books either--unless it's extremely excessive. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Have a Happy New Year!

  10. A little swearing never hurt anyone. My tolerance of language has certainly softened over the years :) Here's to reading lots more good books in 2023.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys


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