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Summer 1942. When Bernie Gunther is ordered to speak at an international police conference, an old acquaintance has a favour to ask. Little does Bernie suspect what this simple surveillance task will provoke . . . One year later, resurfacing from the hell of the Eastern Front, a superior gives him another task that seems straightforward: locating the father of Dalia Dresner, the rising star of German cinema. Bernie accepts the job. Not that he has much choice - the superior is Goebbels himself. But Dresner's father hails from Yugoslavia, a country so riven by sectarian horrors that even Bernie's stomach is turned. Yet even with monsters at home and abroad, one thing alone drives him on from Berlin to Zagreb to Zurich: Bernie Gunther has fallen in love.


Quercus Publishing
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Kerr, Philip
Publication Date
November, 2015

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This is another great ...

This is another great Bernie Gunther story, one of the best in the series. It's set in 1942 and Bernie is once again interacting with the higher echelons of the Nazis, Josef Goebbels in particular. There's some particularly gruesome scenes of the ethnic cleansing in the Balkans -- the author seems able to mix the gritty side of things into Bernie's stories. -- and that's an educational/informational element in the book. It's also interesting how the author weaves historical figures into the plot; in this case Kurt Waldheim has a cameo. Of course, Goebbels is brought to life as his interaction with Bernie is detailed. There's an ironic twist in the epilogue at the end of the book when Bernie encounters one of the minor characters from 1942 in 1956. One is left wondering whether Bernie will accept the job offer. Recommended.

Bernie reflects on his...

Bernie reflects on his time with a beautiful young actress in wartime Europe. As bad as Berlin is; he finds that Ustase in Romania are as capable of horrific acts that are equal and beyond those of the Gestapo. Sent to Switzerland, by Joey Goebbels, to convince the actress to star in one oF his movies. Saved from the SS by the CIA, who are set to execute him when he turns the tables and escapes. Used as a pawn by his boss, Bernie sorts it out and survives.

Its less a novel that ...

Its less a novel that a pair of linked stories. They work better separately than together. Plus the series has worked the war years about to death. Its a decent read but the writer's fatigue with keeping continuity is showing.

Well-written, engrossi...

Well-written, engrossing and excellent context. Kerr certainly does his homework!

I have been a great fa...

I have been a great fan of Bernie's, but this last one was not anywhere near as good as the others. It felt like a mishmash of a number of different stories, none of which could the author decide upon to be the main storyline of the book. Normally, I cannot put a book in this series down. Unfortunately with this one I had to drag myself to the end.

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