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The Pale Criminal : A Bernie Gunther Novel

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Hard-boiled detective Bernie Gunther takes on a depraved serial killer terrorizing 1930's Berlin in the second gripping mystery in Philip Kerr's New York Times bestselling series. In the sweltering summer heat wave of 1938, the German people anxiously await the outcome of the Munich conference, wondering whether Hitler will plunge Europe into another war. Meanwhile, private investigator Bernie Gunther has taken on two cases involving blackmail. The first victim is a rich widow. The second is Bernie himself. Having been caught framing an innocent Jew for a series of vicious murders, the Kripo--the Berlin criminal police--are intent on locating the real killer and aren't above blackmailing their former colleague to get the job done. Temporarily promoted to the rank of Kommissar, Bernie sets out to solve the dual mysteries and begins an investigation that will expose him to the darkest depths of humanity...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 127 x 195.6 x 15.2mm | 226.8g
  • G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142004154
  • 9780142004159
  • 102,635

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."..a superb tour of Berlin on the edge of an abyss and a cynical, dashing leading man. --St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Echoes of Raymond Chandler but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master." --Evening Standard
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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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