By Philip Kerr
The newest New York Times bestseller from the writer of the Berlin Noir trilogy and the New York Times bestseller Field Gray brings Bernie Gunther back—to a home social gathering from hell
First brought in Philip Kerr's celebrated Berlin Noir trilogy, Bernie Gunther is a decent cop residing within the so much ruthless of instances. Prague Fatale is Bernie's most recent day out, and it is a tantalizing locked-door mystery-cum-political-thriller that is poised to construct on Field Gray's good fortune, confirming Kerr as a grasp of espionage literature.
it truly is 1941 and Bernie is again from the japanese entrance, once more operating murder in Berlin's Kripo and answering to Reinhard Heydrich, a guy he either detests and fears. Heydrich has been newly named Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. Tipped off that there's an murderer in his midst, he orders Bernie to affix him at his nation property outdoor Prague, the place he has invited a few of the 3rd Reich's so much odious officers to rejoice his new appointment. one in every of them is the would-be murderer. Bernie can reflect on greater how you can spend a stunning autumn weekend, yet, as he says, "You do not say no to Heydrich and live."
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Sachse pulled up on the nook of the Charité contrary the Lessing Theatre the place Ida Wust was once enjoying in a express referred to as the most aspect is Happiness. I couldn’t disagree with that. ‘How approximately it, Werner? Shall i am going in and get us a couple of tickets whereas we’re right here? ’ Sachse smiled thinly and shook his head. ‘Not an Ida Wust fan, huh? You shock me. ’ ‘That outdated trout? you want to be joking. She jogs my memory of my better half's mother. however the different one’s alright. Jane Tilden. ’ ‘She’s a section too healthy for my flavor. ’ I opened the automobile door yet Sachse stayed placed. ‘Aren’t you coming in? ’ ‘You don’t desire me in there, do you? ’ Sachse used to be already taking a look a bit eco-friendly, and after listening to me relate my favorite yet strictly after-dinner anecdotes from the homosexual global of forensic technology, I couldn’t blame him for now not desirous to are available in to the Pathological Institute. This, after all, was once the goal at the back of those ugly tales. I hardly ever sought after the mortuary attendant asking me any awkward questions in entrance of Werner Sachse approximately why i used to be again there with a similar knife to ascertain a similar wounds within the similar physique. ‘Strictly speaking,’ I stated, ‘there must always be officials current whilst a physique is tested; despite the fact that, in this get together, maybe that won’t be precious. not anything ever particularly prepares you for the sight of a physique that’s been chewed up by means of a railway locomotive. ’ Sachse nodded. ‘Thanks, Gunther. You’re alright. ’ Chuckling sadistically – the belief of a squeamish Gestapo guy simply struck me as humorous – I went into the health center and alongside to the morgue, the place i discovered an identical attendant and, having tested that Vranken’s dismembered physique used to be nonetheless effectively kept there, knowledgeable him that the research was once now a Gestapo topic and that during no conditions was once the physique to be published for burial or incineration with out first clearing it with me. As continuously, point out of the Gestapo labored a nearly magical impact, such as uttering ‘Open sesame’, and the attendant signalled his overall compliance with a frightened bow. in fact there has been little need to work out or study Vranken’s physique back. I already knew what i used to be going to inform Werner Sachse: that Franz Koci had murdered Geert Vranken. And feeling happy that I had controlled to reopen what was once now a formal homicide case, I made my as far back as the auto. an excellent humour by no means lasts lengthy in Berlin. The scent of the conflict wounded in that clinic used to be asphyxiating. loss of life males lay in dusty wards like rather a lot left baggage, whereas to stroll via a hallway or public hall used to be to barter a disadvantage process rickety previous wheelchairs and soiled plaster casts. And if all of that wasn’t undesirable sufficient, I got here out of the health center and encountered a bit squad of Hitler formative years marching down Luisenstrasse – probably from a visit to determine the nationwide Warrior’s Monument within the Invaliden Park – their throats choked with a few silly warlike music and rather oblivious of the German warrior’s precise destiny that used to be to be present in the not-so-glorious charnel condo within reach.