Philip Kerr delivers a novel with the noir sensibility
of Raymond Chandler, the realpolitik of vintage John le Carré, and
the dark moral vision of Graham Greene.
"Bernie Gunther is the most antiheroic of antiheroes in this
gripping, offbeat thriller. It''s the story of his struggle to
preserve what''s left of his humanity, and his life, in a world
where the moral bandwidth is narrow, satanic evil at one end,
cynical expediency at the other."
-Philip Caputo, author of A Rumor of War
"A thriller that will challenge preconceptions and stimulate the
little grey cells."
-The Times (London), selecting Field Gray as a
Thriller of the Year
"Part of the allure of these novels is that Bernie is such an
interesting creation, a Chandleresque knight errant caught in
insane historical surroundings. Bernie walks down streets so mean
that nobody can stay alive and remain truly clean."
-John Powers, Fresh Air (NPR)
Bernie on Bernie: I didn''t like Bernhard Gunther very much.
He was cynical and world-weary and hardly had a good word to say
about anyone, least of all himself. He''d had a pretty tough war .
. . and done quite a few things of which he wasn''t proud. . . . It
had been no picnic for him since then either; it didn''t seem to
matter where he spread life''s tartan rug, there was always a turd
on the grass.
Striding across Europe through the killing fields of three
decades-from riot-torn Berlin in 1931 to Adenauer''s Germany in
1954, awash in duplicitous "allies" busily undermining one
another-Field Gray reveals a world based on expediency,
where the ends justify the means and no one can be trusted. It
brings us a hero who is sardonic, tough- talking, and cynical, but
who does have a rough sense of humor and a rougher sense of right
and wrong. He''s Bernie Gunther. He drinks too much and smokes
excessively and is somewhat overweight (but a Russian
prisoner-of-war camp will take care of those bad habits). He''s
Bernie Gunther-a brave man, because when there is nothing left to
lose, honor rules.