By Philip Kerr
From the nationwide bestselling writer of Prague Fatale, a robust new mystery that returns Bernie Gunther, our sardonic Berlin cop, to the jap Front.
Berlin, March, 1943. A month has handed because the lovely defeat at Stalingrad. although Hitler insists Germany is profitable the conflict, commanders at the flooring recognize greater. Morale is low, self-discipline in danger. Now notice has reached Berlin of a purple bloodbath of Polish officials within the Katyn wooded area close to Smolensk. If actual, the message it will ship to the troops is apparent: struggle on or threat definite dying. For as soon as, either the Wehrmacht and Propaganda Minister Goebbels wish an identical factor: irrefutable facts of this Russian atrocity. To the Wehrmacht, such facts will melt the truth of its personal conflict crimes within the eyes of the victors. For Goebbels, such evidence might flip the tide of conflict by means of destroying the Alliance, slicing Russia off from its western offer lines.
Both events agree that the consequent research has to be overseen by means of a qualified educated in sifting proof and interrogating witnesses. something that smells of incompetence or tampering will defeat their reasons. And so Bernie Gunther is dispatched to Smolensk, the place fact is as a lot a sufferer of warfare as these terrible useless Polish officers.
Smolensk, March, 1943. Army team middle is an enclave of Prussian aristocrats who've owned the Wehrmacht virtually so long as they’ve owned their baronial estates, an officer type whose households were intermarrying for generations. The wisecracking, rough-edged Gunther isn't a very good healthy. he's, finally, a Berlin bull. yet he has a much higher crisis than sharp elbows and supercilious stares, for someplace during this combine is a crafty and savage killer who has left a path of bloody victims.
this can be no psycho case. it is a guy with rationale sufficient to kill and abilities sufficient to depart no hint of himself. undesirable good fortune that during this battle sector, such abilities are two-a-penny. someway Bernie needs to placed a face to this killer prior to he places an finish to Bernie.
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A Man Without Breath (Bernard Gunther, Book 9) by Philip Kerr