A vicious murder puts Bernie Gunther on the trail of World War 2 criminals in Greece in this riveting historical thriller in Philip Kerr's New York Times bestselling series.
Munich, 1956. Bernie Gunther has a new name, a chip on his shoulder, and a dead-end career when an old friend arrives to repay a debt and encourages "Christoph Ganz" to take a job as a claims adjuster in a major German insurance company with a client in Athens, Greece.
Under the cover of his new identity, Bernie begins to investigate a claim by Siegfried Witzel, a brutish former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war. Witzel's claimed losses are large , and, even worse, they may be the stolen spoils of Greek Jews deported to Auschwitz. But when Bernie tries to confront Witzel, he finds that someone else has gotten to him first, leaving a corpse in his place.
Enter Lieutenant Leventis, who recognizes in this case the highly grotesque style of a killer he investigated during the height of the war. Back then, a young Leventis suspected an S.S. officer whose connection to the German government made him untouchable. He's kept that man's name in his memory all these years, waiting for his second chance at justice...
Working together, Leventis and Bernie hope to put their cases--new and old--to bed. But there's a much more sinister truth to acknowledge: A killer has returned to Athens...one who may have never left.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Weaving heartbreaking historical lessons with the sparkling hope of redemption, Philip Kerr’s 13th Bernie Gunther novel is a tragicomic triumph. The tough-talking ex-cop hero now lives in Munich, where he lends his detective skills to a large insurance company. When he’s sent to Athens to investigate a claim, he winds up at the center of a politically motivated revenge plot to deport Greek Jews during World War II. Kerr strikes the perfect balance between gravitas and humor: Gunther’s sardonic wit provides a counterpoint to the poignant subtext of the dangers of history repeating itself.
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One of Kerr’s best if not his best. Some really interesting insights and reveals regarding post WW2 Greece and it’s relationship with both Germany and the EEC. Bernie Gunther as “Everyman German” with regard to personal as well as corporate German conscience re the horrors of the War years that they inflicted on others. A great story!
Middle of the road
I enjoy Bernie Gunther but this book seemed to drag on a bit. The history lesson was good and I hope his relation with the dragon queen leads to more adventures