Bernie Gunther, the private eye hero of the author's previous novels, gets involved in the murky world of Cold War intrigue. The plot concerns various ex-Nazis who save their skins by working for US Intelligence. The author also wrote "March Violets" and "The Pale Criminal".
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Philip Kerr is the author of many novels, but perhaps most important are the five featuring Bernie Gunther—A Quiet Flame, The One from the Other, and the Berlin Noir trilogy (March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem). He lives in London and Cornwall, England, with his family.From Kirkus Reviews:
Bernhard Gunther, who's aged over ten years since his first appearance in 1936 Berlin--he's now lived through a hellish war and has settled down warily with a wife who's cuckolding him with one of the occupying Americans--is cast as a less witty but equally mordant detective in this postwar tale of murder and political intrigue. Persuaded by a Russian officer to try to clear his unscrupulous old comrade Emil Becker of the murder of an American officer in Vienna, Bernie follows a trail from Becker to resurrected Gestapo chief Heinrich M ller--all the while sinking into a Graham Greeneish landscape of casually willing women, men willing to sell anything to survive and exonerate themselves, and occupation forces, both Soviet and American, who alternate between hunting down Nazis and recruiting them into their own intelligence forces. As in March Violets and The Pale Criminal, Bernie's widening investigations steadily deepen the sense of political evil--except that now, unsettlingly, the Nazis have no monopoly on institutional terror. Though not as elaborately horrifying as Bernie's first two adventures, this one, lacking the Reich as automatic villain, is even bleaker--and, in its depressing way, even richer in ironic insight. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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