Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award 2009.
A new Bernie Gunther mystery see’s the plot split between Nazi Germany and then moving on to pre-revolution Cuba. Not only are these books great detective novels they are also a fascinating insight into some of the most fraught historical periods of recent times. Brilliant!
Berlin 1934. The Nazis have been in power for just eighteen months but already Germany has seen some unpleasant changes. As the city prepares to host the 1936 Olympics, Jews are being expelled from all German sporting organisations – a blatant example of discrimination.
Forced to resign as a homicide detective with Berlin’s Criminal Police, Bernie is now house detective at the famous Adlon Hotel. The discovery of two bodies – one a businessman and the other a Jewish boxer – involves Bernie in the lives of two hotel guests. One is a beautiful left-wing journalist intent on persuading America to boycott the Berlin Olympiad; the other is a German-Jewish gangster who plans to use the Olympics to enrich himself and the Chicago mob. As events unfold, Bernie uncovers a vast labour and construction racket designed to take advantage of the huge sums the Nazis are prepared to spend to showcase the new Germany to the world. It is a plot that finds its conclusion twenty years later in pre-revolution Cuba, the country to which Bernie flees from Argentina at the end of A Quiet Flame.
‘Kerr brilliantly evokes the edgy atmosphere of the post-war period in one of the most gripping and accomplished detective novels published so far this year’ Sunday Times
‘One of the great achievements of contemporary crime fiction’ Observer
Publication date: 10/09/2009
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||10th September 2009|
|Publisher:||Quercus Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
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 ...More About Philip Kerr