By Philip Kerr
Within the wreckage of postwar Berlin, PI Bernie Gunther--in his 3rd appearance--accepts coal for money and reluctantly takes on a case for Russian Col. Palkovich Poroshin, one of many despised ``Ivans.'' requested to turn out black marketeer Emil Becker blameless of the dying 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 arrange whereas offering SS records 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 could be former Gestapo head Heinrich Muller. evidently, the Nazi-hunting CIC desires Muller badly, yet Belinsky drops a bombshell that brings into query his personal function within the research. Unleashing a sequence of wonderful revelations, Kerr ( The light legal ) discloses the explanations for the Russians' curiosity in Linden and for the various deaths concerned about Gunther's case. Rooted in ancient info, pushed by way of a robust narrative, this atmospheric novel strains a daunting direction amid a multiplicity of ironies.
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A German Requiem (Bernard Gunther, Book 3) by Philip Kerr