Greeks Bearing Gifts: Bernie Gunther Thriller 13 - Bernie Gunther (Hardback)Philip Kerr (author)
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'Bernie Gunther - sly, subversive, sardonic, and occasionally hilarious - is one of the greatest anti-heroes ever written... We're in good hands here.' - Lee Child
1957, Munich. Bernie Gunther's latest move in a long string of varied careers sees him working for an insurance company. It makes a kind of sense: both cops and insurance companies have a vested interest in figuring out when people are lying to them, and Bernie has a lifetime of experience to call on.
Sent to Athens to investigate a claim from a fellow German for a ship that has sunk, Bernie takes an instant dislike to the claimant.
When he discovers the ship in question once belonged to a Greek Jew deported to Auschwitz, he is convinced the sinking was no accident but an avenging arson attack.
Then the claimant is found dead, shot through both eyes. It's a win for Bernie's employers at least: no one to pay out to even if the claim is genuine. But who is behind the murder, and why?
Strong-armed into helping the Greek police with their investigation, Bernie is once again drawn inexorably back to the dark history of the Second World War, and the deportation of the Jews of Salonika - now Thessaloniki.
As Europe seems ready to move on to a more united future with Germany as a partner rather than an enemy, at least one person in Greece is ready neither to forgive nor forget. And, deep down, Bernie thinks they may have a point.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 46 mm
'There could be no more fitting testimonial to his exceptional power as a storyteller than this superb evocation of Munich in 1957.' - The Mail on Sunday
‘...full of mordant humour, pacy action and rich, three-dimensional characters, confirms what Kerr’s fans have long known: that he has few, if any, rivals to match him among modern thriller writers.’ - The Sunday Times
Praise for Philip Kerr and the Bernie Gunther novels:
'Bernie Gunther is as insubordinate, combative, interesting and entertaining as ever . . . yet another Kerr triumph.' - The Sunday Times
'Bernie Gunther - sly, subversive, sardonic, and occasionally hilarious - is one of the greatest anti-heroes ever written, and as always he lights up this tough and unflinching novel. We're in good hands here.' - Lee Child
'In Prussian Blue, Philip Kerr once more shows himself one of the greatest master story-tellers in English. The narrative is swift and adept, and so well-grounded in the history and custom of the period that the reader is totally immersed.' - Alan Furst
'The twelfth Bernie Gunther mystery is as brisk and agile as its German police detective protagonist.' - The Washington Post
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