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During a sweltering heat wave in the summer of 1938, the German people anxiously await the outcome of the Munich conference, wondering whether the Fuhrer will plunge Europe into another war. Meanwhile, private investigator Bernie Gunther is hired by a rich widow to find out who has been blackmailing her, as well as by the Berlin criminal police to track down a serial killer. Temporarily promoted to the rank of Kommissar, Gunther sets out to solve the dual mysteries amid the tensions of pre-war.
Hard-hitting, fast-paced and richly detailed, Philip Kerr's second Bernie Gunther novel is nothing short of spell-binding.
©1990 Philip Kerr (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"Bernie Gunther's the right kind of hero for his time - and ours." ( New York Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By chris on 19-01-2009

Second in the series and just as good

This is the second title in the "Berlin Noir" trilogy. Set in Berlin of 1938, Bernie Gunther is investigating a serial killer specialising in young German girls. Meanwhile, elements of the Nazi party are attempting to use the killings to stir up anti-Jewish rioting. An excellent story, with more interesting detail of Berlin in the 30's and the Nazi threat.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nana on 12-03-2014

Fascinating pre war Nazi German setting

My first Phillip Kerr book. I enjoyed the story of the individuals in the setting of a comming Nazi state. Well enjoyed isnt the right word probably fascinating that so many failed to challenge the holocaust and stand up for what was right. But how easy is it to take tha path. Jeff Hardings narration was first class. Only problem is from tine to time i felt i was in a Jack Reacher Book because it was Jeff narrating. Wonder if this is why the narrator changes later in the series.

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