The best-selling author of 20 novels, Philip Kerr has won a devoted following-and there are none more ardent than those who devour his Bernie Gunther series. In 1934, Bernie found himself in Berlin, where he was caught up in intrigue surrounding Hitler, America, and the upcoming Olympiad. Two decades later, Bernie surfaces in Havana. But an old associate has appeared there as well-and might spell trouble of a decidedly deadly nature.
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by Philip Kerr
"This sixth book in Kerr's Bernie Gunther detective series is not the jumping-in point for a newcomer to the saga of a former German policeman, now a hotel house detective in 1934 Berlin. The deep-noir plot gives Paul Hecht plenty of opportunity to display Bernie's cool imperturbability in circumstances that include being interrogated by police and being in the throes of passion with an American writer who is in town to write about the upcoming Berlin Olympics and its exclusion of Jews. Hecht offers a guttural tone to portray the malevolent Nazis but, in the novel's second part, set 20 years later in Havana, does little to flavor the musical speech of the Cuban natives and ŽmigrŽs. Nonetheless, Hecht skillfully captures Bernie's Chandleresque wisecracking. B.V.M. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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