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The One from the Other : A Bernie Gunther Novel

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In the fourth mystery in Philip Kerr's New York Times bestselling series, Bernie Gunther--a former policeman and reluctant SS offier--attempts to start over in the aftermath of World War 2 and quickly learns that the past is never far behind you... Berlin, 1949. Amid the chaos of defeat, Germany is a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, and fleeing Nazis. For Bernie Gunther, Berlin has become far too dangerous. After being forced to serve in the SS in the killing fields of Ukraine, Bernie has moved to Munich to reestablish himself as a private investigator. Business is slow and his funds are dwindling when a woman hires him to investigate her husband's disappearance. No, she doesn't want him back--he's a war criminal. She merely wants confirmation that he is dead. It's a simple job, but in postwar Germany, nothing is simple--nothing is what it appears to be. Accepting the case, Bernie takes on far more than he'd bargained for, and before long, he is on the run, facing enemies from every side.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 6.35mm | 226.8g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • The Penguin Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143112295
  • 9780143112297
  • 165,894

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Praise for Philip Kerr and the Bernie Gunther Novels

"A brilliantly innovative thriller writer."--Salman Rushdie "Philip Kerr is the only bona fide heir to Raymond Chandler."--Salon.com "In terms of narrative, plot, pace and characterization, Kerr's in a league with John le Carre."--The Washington Post

"Every time we're afraid we've seen the last of Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr comes through with another unnerving adventure for his morally conflicted hero."--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"Just as youth is wasted on the young, history is wasted on historians. It ought to be the exclusive property of novelists--but only if they are as clever and knowledgeable as Philip Kerr."--Chicago Tribune "Kerr quantum leaps the limitations of genre fiction. Most thrillers insult your intelligence; his assault your ignorance."--Esquire "A richly satisfying mystery, one that evokes the noir sensibilities of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald while breaking important new ground of its own."--Los Angeles Times "Part of the allure of these novels is that Bernie is such an interesting creation, a Chandleresque knight errant caught in insane historical surroundings. Bernie walks down streets so mean that nobody can stay alive and remain truly clean."--John Powers, Fresh Air (NPR) "The Bernie Gunther novels are first-class, as stylish as Chandler and as emotionally resonant as the best of Ross Macdonald."--George Pelecanos "Kerr's stylish noir writing makes every page a joy to read."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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About Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels, two of which--Field Gray and The Lady from Zagreb--were finalists for the Edgar(R) Award for Best Novel. Kerr has also won several Shamus Awards and the British Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Award for Historical Crime Fiction. As P. B. Kerr, he is the author of the much-loved young adult fantasy series Children of the Lamp.
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4,384 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 33% (1,446)
4 48% (2,113)
3 16% (709)
2 2% (95)
1 0% (21)
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