September 1941: Bernie Gunther returns from the horrors of the Eastern Front to find his home city of Berlin changed, and changed for the worse. The blackout, rationing, the RAF, the S-Bahn murderer and Czech terrorists are all conspiring to make life very unpleasant. Now back at his old desk on Homicide in Kripo HQ, Alexanderplatz, Bernie starts to investigate the death of a Dutch railway worker, while starting something - of an entirely different nature - with a local good-time girl.
But he is obliged to drop everything when his old boss, Reinhard Heydrich of the SD, the new Reichsprotector of Bohemia and Moravia, orders him to Prague to spend a weekend at his country house. It's an invitation Bernie feels he would gladly have been spared, especially when he meets his fellow guests - all of them senior loathsome figures in the SS and SD.
The weekend turns sour almost immediately when a body is found, in a room that was locked from the inside. Now the spotlight falls on Bernie to show off his investigative skills and solve this seemingly impossible mystery. If he fails to do so, he knows what is at stake - not only his reputation, but also that of Reinhard Heydrich, a man who does not like to lose face.
'Prague Fatale is, quite simply, an excellent novel, evocative and compelling, intelligent and thrilling' Euro Crime. — Euro Crime
'Prague Fatale remains as absorbing as its companions in the series' The Independent. — Independent
'Historically accurate with a forensic eye for period detail ... a thoroughly intriguing story in a fast-paced, psychologically engaging whodunit' Lady. — Lady
'a splendid locked room mystery told with customary wit ... insight and compassion. A rattling good read' Scotsman. — Scotsman
'as brilliant as ever' Sun. — Sun
'Mr Kerr just gets better and better' Sunday Telegraph. — Sunday Telegraph
'an Agatha Christie-style whodunit set in the Second World War' The Times. — The Times
'Kerr's novels are fast moving, tough talking affairs and Gunther is a perfectly cynical guide to the sordid world Kerr uncovers in his novels' The Sunday Business Post Magazine. — Business Post Magazine
'Kerr is a good, suspenseful writer' The Big Issue. — Big Issue