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Berlin private detective Bernie Gunther has survived 10 books – and a lifetime’s worth of trouble – since Philip Kerr introduced him to readers more than 20 years ago.
The novels have crossed continents and spanned decades – from a tense Berlin slipping under Nazi control to cold war Cuba and the Eastern Front. But through it all, Bernie has stayed the same – the very model of a cynical, wisecracking private eye hiding a soft heart.
This new novel flits back to 1942 and finds him struggling to solve a fraud involving high-ranking Nazis while trying to track down the father of German cinema’s newest star in war-torn Yugoslavia.
All the while both Bernie – and the reader – are aware that one of the twentieth century’s greatest crimes is going on all around him and there is nothing he can do about that.