By Philip Kerr
From New York Times–bestselling writer Philip Kerr, the much-anticipated go back of Bernie Gunther in a sequence hailed by way of Malcolm Forbes as “the most sensible crime novels round today.”
A appealing actress, a emerging superstar of the large German movie corporation UFA, now managed by means of the Propaganda Ministry. The very shrewdpermanent, very harmful Propaganda Minister—close confidant of Hitler, an bold schemer and flagrant libertine. And Bernie Gunther, former Berlin murder bull, now compelled to do favors for Joseph Goebbels on the Propaganda Minister’s command.
This time, the desire is own. And this time, not anything is what it seems.
Set down amid the killing fields of Ustashe-controlled Croatia, Bernie unearths himself in a global of senseless brutality the place all people has a hidden schedule. ideal territory for a real cynic whose intuition is to belief no one.
Nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel 2015
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