The Weimar Republic’s heyday provides a grit and glitz-soaked backdrop for Philip Kerr’s brilliantly plotted and superbly researched final novel. Set in 1928, Metropolis returns to a younger – but no less cynical - Bernie Gunther, still bearing the fresh scars of his experiences during the First World War and busily climbing the ranks of Berlin’s murder squad. Fans of the series will relish the pleasure of watching Gunther navigate the maze of a younger city, well-aware of the dark future awaiting him in the wings.
Berlin, 1928, the dying days of the Weimar Republic shortly before Hitler and the Nazis came to power. It was a period of decadence and excess as Berliners - after the terrible slaughter of WWI and the hardships that followed - are enjoying their own version of Babylon.
Bernie Gunther is a young detective working in Vice when he gets a summons from Bernard Weiss, Chief of Berlin's Criminal Police. He invites Bernie to join KIA - Criminal Inspection A - the supervisory body for all homicide investigation in Kripo. Bernie's first task is to investigate the Silesian Station killings - four prostitutes murdered in as many weeks. All of them have been hit over the head with a hammer and then scalped with a sharp knife.
Bernie hardly has time to acquaint himself with the case files before another prostitute is murdered. Until now, no one has shown much interest in these victims - there are plenty in Berlin who'd like the streets washed clean of such degenerates. But this time the girl's father runs Berlin's foremost criminal ring, and he's prepared to go to extreme lengths to find his daughter's killer.
Then a second series of murders begins - of crippled wartime veterans who beg in the city's streets. It seems that someone is determined to clean up Berlin of anyone less than perfect. The voice of Nazism is becoming a roar that threatens to drown out all others. But not Bernie Gunther's ...
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 279 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 36 mm
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