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From New York Times–bestselling author
Philip Kerr, the much anticipated return of Bernie Gunther in a series hailed
by The Daily Beast as “the best crime novels around today.”
been a good detective in Kripo, but that was a while ago, before the criminals
wore smart gray uniforms and nearly everyone locked up was innocent.” Being a Berlin cop in 1942 was a little like
putting down mousetraps in a cage full of tigers.
The war is
over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin
homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera.
It is 1956 and Bernie is the go-to guy
at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for touring tips or if
you need a fourth for bridge. As it
happens, a local writer needs just that, someone to fill the fourth seat in a
regular game that is the usual evening diversion at the Villa Mauresque. Not just any writer. Perhaps the richest and
most famous living writer in the world: W. Somerset Maugham. And it turns out
it is not just a bridge partner that he needs; it’s some professional advice. Maugham is being blackmailed—perhaps because
of his unorthodox lifestyle. Or perhaps because of something in his past,
because once upon a time, Maugham worked for the British secret service, and
the people now blackmailing him are spies.
fans know, all roads lead back to the viper’s nest that was Hitler’s Third
Reich and to the killing fields that spread like a disease across Europe. Even in 1956, peace has not come to the
continent: now the Soviets have the H-bomb and spies from every major power feel
free to make all of Europe their personal playground.