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If The Dead Rise Not

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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!

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

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Synopsis

If The Dead Rise Not by Philip Kerr

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.

Reviews

‘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

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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Book Info

Publication date

10th September 2009

Author

Philip Kerr

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Publisher

Quercus Publishing Plc

Format

Hardback

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ISBN

9781847249425

Publisher Profile

Quercus Publishing Plc is an imprint of Quercus

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Starting out in a small office in Dorset Street, London, the company quickly expanded, producing best sellers with each of its first two titles, Universe and Speeches that Changed the World.

As well as winning awards for their books Quercus also won Small Publisher of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards and the PLUS New Company fo the Year in the Fast Growth Business Awards.

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