Metropolis : Bernie Gunther 14
'One of the greatest anti-heroes ever written' LEE CHILD
'One of the greatest master story-tellers in English' ALAN FURST
Berlin, 1928, the dying days of the Weimar Republic shortly before Hitler and the Nazis came to power. It was a period of decadence and excess as Berliners - after the terrible slaughter of WWI and the hardships that followed - are enjoying their own version of Babylon. Bernie is a young detective working in Vice when he gets a summons from Bernard Weiss, Chief of Berlin's Criminal Police. He invites Bernie to join KIA - Criminal Inspection A - the supervisory body for all homicide investigation in Kripo. Bernie's first task is to investigate the Silesian Station killings - four prostitutes murdered in as many weeks. All of them have been hit over the head with a hammer and then scalped with a sharp knife.
Bernie hardly has time to acquaint himself with the case files before another prostitute is murdered. Until now, no one has shown much interest in these victims - there are plenty in Berlin who'd like the streets washed clean of such degenerates. But this time the girl's father runs Berlin's foremost criminal ring, and he's prepared to go to extreme lengths to find his daughter's killer.
Then a second series of murders begins - of crippled wartime veterans who beg in the city's streets. It seems that someone is determined to clean up Berlin of anyone less than perfect. The voice of Nazism is becoming a roar that threatens to drown out all others. But not Bernie Gunther's ...
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 155 x 232 x 32mm | 490g
- 04 Apr 2019
- Quercus Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
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Bernie Gunther is as insubordinate, combative, interesting and entertaining as ever - yet another Kerr triumph - Sunday Times
Bernie Gunther - sly, subversive, sardonic and occasionally hilarious - is one of the greatest anti-heroes ever written, and as always he lights up this tough and unflinching novel. We're in good hands here - Lee Child
Philip Kerr once more shows himself one of the greatest master storytellers in English. The narrative is swift and adept, and so well grounded in the history and custom of the period that the reader is totally immersed - Alan Furst
Kerr's final novel is a triumph. It is to be hoped his estate, like Ian Fleming's with James Bond, continues Gunther's experiences through other writers. The journey is worth taking a 15th time. - Weekend Australian
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