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

Bernie Gunther has learned the hard way that there's no way to distinguish 'the one from the other'. The cynical P.I. sees through the deceit and hypocrisy of both friend and foe - a lifesaving skill in postwar Germany.

Munich, 1949 is home to all the backstabbing intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war. A place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in the flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods. It's work that fills Bernie with disgust - but it also fills his sorely depleted wallet. Then a woman seeks him out. Her husband has disappeared. She's not looking to get him back - he's a wanted man who ran one of the most vicious concentration camps in Poland. She just wants confirmation that he's dead.

It's a simple enough job. But in post-war Germany, nothing is simple...

Crime & Thrillers
February 7

Customer Reviews

Col. Russel ,

No Viennese Waltz

Philip Kerr is a highly regarded writer of thrillers and this is the first of his books I have read, it will not be the last. Written with snap and and wit as hard and cutting as razor wire, the book caught me within two paragraphs. I am disappointed only in myself for having come to this body of work so late.
Bernie Gunther is a Man struggling not with his past, but with the past of Germany; the baggage that affects his life is not personal but national. Post-war Germany, I mean the early years, possibly until the Berlin Wall was built is so recent but yet so much forgotten, so far away. This is a Munich and a Vienna very different from Octoberfest and even the Third Man and so very very scary.
I loved every word.

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