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The twelfth book in the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling series, perfect for fans of John le Carre and Charles Cumming. Lee Child calls Bernie Gunther 'one of the greatest anti-heroes ever written'.
France, 1956. Bernie Gunther is on the run. If there's one thing he's learned, it's never to refuse a job from a high-ranking secret policeman. But this is exactly what he's just done. Now he's a marked man, with the East German Stasi on his tail.
Fleeing across Europe, he remembers the last time he worked with his pursuer: in 1939, to solve a murder at the Berghof, Hitler's summer hideaway in the Bavarian Alps. Hitler is long dead, the Berghof now a ruined shell, and the bizarre time Bernie spent there should be no more than a distant memory.
But as he pushes on to Berlin and safety, Bernie will find that no matter how far he thinks he has put Nazi Germany behind him, for him it will always be unfinished business. The Berghof is not done with Bernie yet.
[Kerr's] Raymond Chandleresque mysteries about a cynical Berlin cop reluctantly working for the Nazis are his masterpiece - Sun
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 - Sunday Times
Kerr's novels are modern classics - Simon Sebag Montefiore
Bernie Gunther is one of the more interesting and original private eyes in thriller fiction - The Times
A brilliantly twisting tale of espionage and betrayal - Sunday Times
As usual, Kerr is superb at imaginatively mixing his fictional detective with well researched true-life characters and events - The Times
Once again Kerr leads us through the fact of history and the vagaries of human nature - Tom Hanks
Philip Kerr based his previous Gunther novel in the postwar French Riviera, and this latest and 12th book takes up where that left off in 1956 - Daily Telegraph