By Philip Kerr
From New York Times–bestselling writer Philip Kerr, the a lot expected go back of Bernie Gunther in a chain hailed through The day-by-day Beast as “the top crime novels round today.”
Once I’d been an excellent detective in Kripo, yet that used to be your time in the past, ahead of the criminals wore shrewdpermanent grey uniforms and approximately every person locked up used to be innocent.” Being a Berlin cop in 1942 used to be a bit like placing down mousetraps in a cage packed with tigers.
The struggle is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin murder detective and unwilling SS officer, is now residing at the French Riviera. it's 1956 and Bernie is the go-to man on the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the fellow you switch to for traveling assistance or if you would like a fourth for bridge. because it occurs, a neighborhood author wishes simply that, a person to fill the fourth seat in a customary online game that's the ordinary night diversion on the Villa Mauresque. not only any author. probably the richest and most renowned residing author on the planet: W. Somerset Maugham. And it seems it isn't only a bridge associate that he wishes; it’s a few expert suggestion. Maugham is being blackmailed—perhaps due to his unorthodox way of life. or even as a result of anything in his earlier, simply because as soon as upon a time, Maugham labored for the British mystery carrier, and the folks now blackmailing him are spies.
As Gunther lovers be aware of, all roads lead again to the viper’s nest that used to be Hitler’s 3rd Reich and to the killing fields that unfold like a ailment throughout Europe. Even in 1956, peace has no longer come to the continent: now the Soviets have the H-bomb and spies from each significant energy be at liberty to make all of Europe their own playground.