Book: Prague Fatale - Philip Kerr

By admin
09 January 2012

Rating: 4/5

Bernie Gunther is back.

Set in 1942, the private detective’s latest adventure – the eighth in the series – sees him receiving a special invitation to visit his former boss, Reinhard Heydrich, newly appointed Deputy Reich Protector of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, at his country house near Prague.

Also invited are a number of very senior officers serving in the SS and SD, various branches of the German police and security forces. But this is not a holiday and Bernie’s not a guest.

He soon discovers Heydrich wants him to serve as his personal security adviser. Then one of the guests is killed under peculiar circumstances and Bernie, who wasn’t around when the murder took place, is put in charge of solving the case.

Kerr’s novels are history brought to life and the detail and meticulous research add to the rich reading experience. As with all Bernie’s escapades, you’re left with the sense that the world is grey. There is no black or white.

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