‘One of the greatest anti-heroes ever written’ LEE CHILD
Brutal ex-convicts or the Nazi elite – in Bernie Gunther’s world it’s hard to tell who are the real gangsters. Hard-boiled noir thriller for fans of Raymond Chandler and John le Carré
Ex-Berlin cop and private detective Bernie Gunther has seen his share of bad guys. But when the worst guys of all are the ones running the show, it’s much harder to stay out of their reach.
Hired by a wealthy industrialist to investigate the murder of his daughter and her husband in an apparent botched robbery, Bernie soon finds himself drawn into the complex – not to mention lethal – internal politics and corruption of the Nazi party. When Hermann Goering himself calls Bernie in with a task for him that throws his existing case into a whole new light, he must weigh up his hatred of the Nazis against his desire to stay alive.
Exceptionally good... the best first crime novel of the year
Catches the nasty taste of the jackboot era and the wisecracking flavour of the pulps... An impressive debut
Kerr not only provides a wonderfully sharp and satirical Philip Marlowe in his laid-back, wise-cracking Berlin shamus, but also a plot that is highly original
Fast-paced, laconic, unpredictable, and witty... does not contain a dull page
Beautifully written, tangy with atmosphere
Dark, complex, and relentlessly witty - a nearly perfect marriage of threatening background and twisted plot to a German Philip Marlowe
Different, distinctive and well worth your while
Kerr's novels are modern classics
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Bernie Gunther is one of the more interesting and original private eyes in thriller fiction
His Raymond Chandleresque mysteries about a cynical Berlin cop reluctantly working for the Nazis are [Kerr's] masterpiece
Streets ahead of most other historical thrillers in its blend of wit, careful plotting and the kind of detail that brings the past to life