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The Lady from Zagreb by Philip Kerr

The Lady from Zagreb

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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.

If you like Philip Kerr you might also like to read books by Alan Furst, Chris Petit and Benjamin Black.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 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.
~ Barry Forshaw


The Lady from Zagreb by Philip Kerr

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.


The good detective trying to do his best within a corrupt regime, few writers have tackled the theme with the rigour of Philip Kerr * Independent * The best crime novels around today -- Malcolm Forbes Kerr's novels are modern classics -- Simon Sebag Montefiore ...a satisfying slab of hardcore historical thrills... fans of the sleuth will happily add this to their growing bookshelves, but it will win over other genre-lovers too. * Weekend Sport * ...a return to form for Kerr: it will keep diehard admirers of the Gunther novels happy and will also garner new supporters. As an alternative view of the Nazi world order, it's hard to beat. The Lady * The Lady * Bernie Gunther is one of the more interesting and original private eyes in thriller fiction... as the other nine Bernie Gunther novels show, Kerr thoroughly researches the period he writes about. In particular, he excels in his atmospheric portrayal of Berlin... -- Marcel Berlins * The Times * Still streets ahead of most other historical thrillers in its blend of wit, careful plotting and the kind of detail that brings the past to life -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times *

About the Author

Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh in 1956, and lives 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.

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 QUIET FLAME was his 5th outing and IF THE DEAD RISE NOT appeared next in September 2009.

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7th April 2015


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Quercus Publishing Plc


464 pages


Crime / Mystery
Historical Fiction
eBook Favourites

Crime & mystery
Thriller / suspense
Second World War fiction



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