The Lady from Zagreb

by Philip Kerr

Part of the Bernie Gunther Series

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Cynical Berlin cop Bernie Gunther who has, through a series of captivating novels, engineered his way through the pitfalls and abysses of Nazi-times Germany and the opening years of WW2, has not yet reached the end of his travails. It's 1942 and he has been tasked by his Nazi superiors, with whom he has little sympathy, to track down a famous film star, who has attracted the attention of Goebbels himself, to Switzerland, it initially feels like a straightforward break from everyday horrors. Not so, of course. The elusive beauty had contacts with Croatian fascists and complications soon arise under his step, eventually bringing him back to Berlin, and to his own surprise, seeing him fall in love. Sardonic, hardboiled as leather, a voice of sanity in years of madness, Bernie as ever tries to remain an honest man in a dishonest world. A great addition to the series.

Maxim Jakubowski

The Lady from Zagreb Synopsis

In 1942, there are many worse places to be than Zurich, and detective Bernie Gunther has seen his fair share of them. So when a superior asks him to track down a glamorous German actress believed to be hiding in Zurich, he takes the job. Not that he has much choice: the superior is Goebbels himself. Soon Bernie finds himself involved in something much more sinister. The actress, it emerges, is the daughter of a fanatical Croatian fascist, the sadistic commandant of a notorious concentration camp. And the Swiss police have a cold case that they want Bernie to take a look at: one that seems to have connections to some powerful people back in the Reich. The Lady from Zagreb is another inimitable Bernie Gunther investigation from Philip Kerr: a rich, dark and fast-paced adventure of a nightmarish time and a lonely, indomitable hero.

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The Lady from Zagreb is a strong new entry from Philip Kerr, an immensely wide-ranging author who has conquered a variety of genres. Kerr has written novels as diverse as the Berlin Noir series set in Nazi Germany and featuring the compromised (and brilliantly drawn) Bernie Gunther, the highly acclaimed and thought-provoking near-future thriller A Philosophical Investigation, and a mystery novel set in the 17th century, Dark Matter. In the new book, the year is 1942 and Bernie Gunther finds himself obliged to speak at an international police conference, when an old friend asks him to perform a simple surveillance task. A year passes, and Bernie survives the horrors of the Eastern Front. He is trying to find the father of a rising star of German cinema – on the orders of the sinister Goebbels himself. As ever, Bernie is up to his neck in compromise and survival tactics.

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ISBN: 9781782065814
Publication date: 07/04/2015
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782065814
Publication date: 7th April 2015
Author: Philip Kerr
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense, Second World War fiction,

About Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh in 1956, and lived in London. He is the author of March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem, A Philosophical Investigation, and Dead Meat. He has also edited two anthologies. In 2011 Philip Kerr was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded to an author for a body of work. He sadly passed away in March 2018.   Maxim Jakubowski's view on BERNIE GUNTHER... A German cop who has moved from the Nazi 1930s to the post-war period, with mixed loyalties but a strong sense of duty which often gets him into trouble. A ...

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