Philip Kerr - A Man Without Breath - Quercus

A Man Without Breath

fast-paced historical thriller from a global bestselling author

By Philip Kerr

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Set in the darkest days of World War II, A Man Without Breath pitches Bernie Gunther into the most politically sensitive case of his career.

'One of the greatest anti-heroes ever written' LEE CHILD

Berlin, March 1943. The mood in Germany is bleak after their stunning defeat at Stalingrad. Private Investigator Bernie Gunther is at work in the German War Crimes Bureau - weary, cynical but well aware of the value of truth in a world where that's now a rarity.

When human remains are found deep in the Katyn Forest, Bernie is sent to investigate. Rumour has it that this mass grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians. For Josef Goebbels, proof of Russian involvement is sure to destroy the Western Alliance, giving Germany a chance to reverse its devastating losses. But supposing the truth is far more damaging to the German cause?

It's Bernie Gunther's job to give Goebbels what he needs. But when there's nothing left for Gunther to lose, the compulsion to speak the truth becomes ever stronger...

Biographical Notes

Philip Kerr has written over thirty books of which the best-known are the internationally renowned and bestselling Bernie Gunther series. The sixth book in the series, If the Dead Rise Not, won the CWA Historical Dagger. His other works include several standalone thrillers, non-fiction and an acclaimed series for younger readers, The Children of the Lamp. Philip died in March 2018, days before the publication of his 13th Bernie Gunther thriller, Greeks Bearing Gifts. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature shortly before his death.

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  • ISBN: 9781780876269
  • Publication date: 14 Mar 2013
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'Humour seems like an affirmation of the human spirit in a world in which inhumanity holds sway, and makes Kerr's brilliant novels all the more affecting' Daily Telegraph. — Daily Telegraph
'A compelling, elegantly constructed thriller' Financial Times. — Financial Times
'The good detective trying to do his best within a corrupt regime [...] but it can safely be said that few writers have tackled the theme with the rigour of Philip Kerr' Independent. — Independent
'The real pleasure in these books is in Kerr's total mastery of the world he's created' Sport. — Sport
'Richly layered ... reliably remarkable on every level' Sunday Times. — Sunday Times
'A detailed and nuanced portrait of Nazi Germany' The Spectator. — Spectator
'Kerr is at the top of his game with his Hitler-era Berlin detective, Bernie Gunther' The Tribune. — Tribune
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