'One of the greatest anti-heroes ever written' LEE CHILDAs Berlin prepares for the 1936 Olympic Games, Bernie is caught between violently opposing factions in a story that comes full circle in 1950s' Cuba.
Berlin 1934. The Nazis have been in power for just eighteen months but already Germany has seen some frightening changes. As the city prepares to host the 1936 Olympics, Jews are being expelled from all German sporting organisations - a blatant example of discrimination.
Forced to resign as a homicide detective with Berlin's Criminal Police, Bernie is now house detective at the famous Adlon Hotel. Two bodies are found - one a businessman and the other a Jewish boxer. As Bernie digs to unearth the truth, he discovers a vast labour and construction racket designed to take advantage of the huge sums the Nazis are spending to showcase the new Germany to the world. It is a plot that finds its dramatic and violent conclusion twenty years later in pre-revolutionary Cuba.
Once again Kerr leads us through the fact of history and the vagaries of human nature
Kerr's period detail is utterly convincing
... a sophisticated thriller
that brings the war and its aftermath to life - Independent
Kerr brilliantly evokes the edgy atmosphere of the post-war period
in one of the most gripping and accomplished
detective novels published so far this year - Sunday Times
The pace is cracking
, the dialogue crisply Chandleresque
, the characterisation refreshingly stereotype-free
. Kerr's research, historical and geographical, is all but faultless
- The Times
The scope and breadth of Philip Kerr's historical research, and the subtle complexity of plot structure, are worthy of Le Carre
. The fast-paced, crack-a-minute delivery smacks of Chandler
. The comparisons are inevitable, but Kerr parries the plaudits with ease
- Irish Examiner