By Philip Kerr
From the nationwide bestselling writer of Prague Fatale, a strong new mystery that returns Bernie Gunther, our sardonic Berlin cop, to the jap Front.
Berlin, March, 1943. A month has handed because the lovely defeat at Stalingrad. even though Hitler insists Germany is profitable the conflict, commanders at the floor recognize higher. Morale is low, self-discipline in danger. Now observe has reached Berlin of a pink bloodbath of Polish officials within the Katyn woodland close to Smolensk. If precise, the message it is going to ship to the troops is apparent: struggle on or danger sure demise. For as soon as, either the Wehrmacht and Propaganda Minister Goebbels wish a similar factor: irrefutable facts of this Russian atrocity. To the Wehrmacht, such facts will melt the truth of its personal struggle crimes within the eyes of the victors. For Goebbels, such facts may well flip the tide of struggle by means of destroying the Alliance, slicing Russia off from its western offer lines.
Both events agree that the resultant research needs to be overseen by means of a qualified informed in sifting facts and interrogating witnesses. something that smells of incompetence or tampering will defeat their reasons. And so Bernie Gunther is dispatched to Smolensk, the place fact is as a lot a sufferer of warfare as these negative useless Polish officers.
Smolensk, March, 1943. Army team middle is an enclave of Prussian aristocrats who've owned the Wehrmacht nearly so long as they’ve owned their baronial estates, an officer type whose households were intermarrying for generations. The wisecracking, rough-edged Gunther isn't really an exceptional healthy. he's, in spite of everything, a Berlin bull. yet he has a much higher drawback than sharp elbows and supercilious stares, for someplace during this combine is a crafty and savage killer who has left a path of bloody victims.
this can be no psycho case. it is a guy with rationale adequate to kill and abilities adequate to go away no hint of himself. undesirable success that during this struggle sector, such talents are two-a-penny. by some means Bernie needs to placed a face to this killer prior to he places an finish to Bernie.
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It’s good you’re not a cop, Keller. ” “I kept the pressure on until he went limp. And it would have been the most natural thing to finish the job, you know? Cut off his air a little longer. ” “And I could have left him looking like he had a heart attack and hurt himself when he fell down. Something like that. ” “And overseas as well, for all I know. ’ ” “And suppose one bullet doesn’t do it? ” “And I guess it’s a pretty severe case of suicide if the guy has to shoot himself twice. ” “I stayed with what I’d worked up while I was waiting for him to come home.
There would be other people in Hirschhorn’s office, and then he’d have to ride down on the elevator and fetch the car from where he’d parked it. He exited the lobby, walked around for twenty minutes, then collected his car and drove over the bridge into Indiana. He rode around long enough to get lost and straightened out again, then stopped at a convenience store to top up the gas tank and use the phone. “This fellow I’ve got to see,” he said. ” 26 L AW R E N C E B L O C K “We know the name of his damn dog,” Dot said.
He drove back to Kentucky, then out to Norbourne Estates and Winding Acres Drive. He passed Hirschhorn’s house and couldn’t tell if anyone was home. He circled the block and parked where he could keep an eye on the place. On his way there he’d seen school buses on their afternoon run, and, shortly after he parked and killed the engine, one evidently made a stop nearby, because kids in ones and twos and threes began to show up on Winding Acres Drive, walking along until they either turned down side streets or disappeared into houses.
A Man Without Breath (Bernard Gunther, Book 9) by Philip Kerr