By Philip Kerr
Within the wreckage of postwar Berlin, PI Bernie Gunther--in his 3rd appearance--accepts coal for fee and reluctantly takes on a case for Russian Col. Palkovich Poroshin, one of many despised ``Ivans.'' requested to end up black marketeer Emil Becker blameless of the loss of life of U.S. Counterintelligence Corps Capt. Edward Linden, Gunther leaves Berlin (and his untrue spouse) for Vienna, the place the incarcerated Becker insists he were organize whereas supplying SS documents to Linden on the behest of a stranger named Konig. Gunther's look for Konig draws the eye of the CIC's John Belinksky, who additionally believes Becker was once framed. After saving Gunther from a few drunken Russians, Belinsky asks Gunther to infiltrate the ranks of a super-secret staff of ex-Nazis whose chief will be former Gestapo head Heinrich Muller. evidently, the Nazi-hunting CIC wishes Muller badly, yet Belinsky drops a bombshell that brings into query his personal position within the research. Unleashing a sequence of gorgeous revelations, Kerr ( The faded legal ) discloses the explanations for the Russians' curiosity in Linden and for the numerous deaths keen on Gunther's case. Rooted in ancient info, pushed via a robust narrative, this atmospheric novel strains a daunting path amid a multiplicity of ironies.
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A German Requiem (Bernard Gunther, Book 3) by Philip Kerr