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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Prolific British author Philip Kerr delivers a crackling eighth novel in the Bernie Gunther series that will ensnare you whether or not you’re already familiar with the series. This noir tale swirls around the relationship between Gunther—an ex-homicide cop and reluctant agent of the Nazi intelligence service—and a stunning Yugoslavian-born actress hailed as Germany’s answer to Greta Garbo. Kerr took our breath away with his chilling depictions of a hellacious time and an action-packed plot. The Lady from Zagreb proves that Gunther is one of the most interesting and complicated detectives in fiction.