The Other Side of Silence: Bernie Gunther Thriller 11 - Bernie Gunther (Paperback)
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The Other Side of Silence: Bernie Gunther Thriller 11 - Bernie Gunther (Paperback)

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Blackmail, espionage and a mass murderer from his wartime past await Bernie Gunther on the French Riviera. 'A brilliantly twisting tale of espionage and betrayal' Sunday Times

The French Riviera, 1956. A world-weary Bernie Gunther is working under a false name as a hotel concierge. His attempts to keep his nose clean go horribly awry when a wartime acquaintance sucks him into a blackmail plot involving one of the most famous British writers of the 20th century and the notorious Cambridge Spies.

Bernie is missing his old detective life when his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service - the man who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands, among them a woman Bernie loved. Hennig now enjoys a lucrative career as a blackmailer.

Hennig's target on the Cote d'Azur is a famous resident with a dark past and plenty to hide - the writer, Somerset Maugham. A shared love of bridge draws Bernie to Maugham's magnificent villa, where Maugham tells him of the existence of a very compromising photograph. Taken in 1937, it shows Maugham among a group of naked men beside a swimming pool - one of whom is the infamous spy and homosexual, Guy Burgess, who, with Donald Maclean, has recently defected to Moscow. Hennig has the photograph and is demanding $50,000 for its release.

Bernie is reluctant to become Maugham's agent but his former life has made him as vulnerable to blackmail as Maugham himself. Not only that - he has a massive score to settle with Hennig.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781784295585
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 282 g
Dimensions: 199 x 130 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A brilliantly twisting tale of espionage and betrayal * Sunday Times *
A brilliantly twisting tale of espionage and betrayal * Sunday Times *
The Other Side of Silence makes for a welcome break from the relentlessly grim atmosphere in which Bernie is accustomed to working * Washington Post *
The Other Side of Silence makes for a welcome break from the relentlessly grim atmosphere in which Bernie is accustomed to working * Washington Post *
Kerr's novels are modern classics * Simon Sebag Montefiore *
Kerr's novels are modern classics * Simon Sebag Montefiore *
Streets ahead of most other historical thrillers in its blend of wit, careful plotting and the kind of detail that brings the past to life - Sunday Times * Sunday Times *
Streets ahead of most other historical thrillers in its blend of wit, careful plotting and the kind of detail that brings the past to life - Sunday Times * Sunday Times *
Bernie Gunther is one of the more interesting and original private eyes in thriller fiction * The Times *
Bernie Gunther is one of the more interesting and original private eyes in thriller fiction * The Times *
His Raymond Chandleresque mysteries about a cynical Berlin cop reluctantly working for the Nazis are [Kerr's] masterpiece * The Sun *
His Raymond Chandleresque mysteries about a cynical Berlin cop reluctantly working for the Nazis are [Kerr's] masterpiece * The Sun *
As near perfection as makes no difference * Crime Fiction Lover *
As near perfection as makes no difference * Crime Fiction Lover *
Brilliantly done, of course * Weekend Sport *
Brilliantly done, of course * Weekend Sport *
Streets ahead of most other historical thrillers in its blend of wit, careful plotting and the kind of detail that brings the past to life * Sunday Times *

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“A great novel and series”

'The Other Side of Silence' is the eleventh in a series comprised of books that are wonderful set-pieces in themselves but which also, taken en masse, form a genuinely perceptive, as well as highly readable,... More

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The publication of Philip Kerr’s, Bernie Gunther thriller, The Other Side of Silence, once again shows why is a master of historical fiction. How he is able to weave the factual into fiction, and still make it seem as... More

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