Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel

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Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel

by Philip Kerr

Penguin Publishing Group | March 26, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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The latest New York Times bestseller from the author of the Berlin Noir trilogy and the New York Times bestseller Field Gray brings Bernie Gunther back—to a house party from hell

First introduced in Philip Kerr''s celebrated Berlin Noir trilogy, Bernie Gunther is an honest cop living in the most ruthless of times. Prague Fatale is Bernie''s latest outing, and it''s a tantalizing locked-door mystery-cum-political-thriller that''s poised to build on Field Gray''s success, confirming Kerr as a master of espionage literature.

            It''s 1941 and Bernie is back from the Eastern Front, once again working homicide in Berlin''s Kripo and answering to Reinhard Heydrich, a man he both detests and fears. Heydrich has been newly named Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. Tipped off that there is an assassin in his midst, he orders Bernie to join him at his country estate outside Prague, where he has invited some of the Third Reich''s most odious officials to celebrate his new appointment. One of them is the would-be assassin. Bernie can think of better ways to spend a beautiful autumn weekend, but, as he says, "You don''t say no to Heydrich and live."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.71 × 5.09 × 0.76 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143122843

ISBN - 13: 9780143122845

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absorbing 8th book in the Bernie Gunther series “Prague Fatale” is as absorbing as its other companions in the series. The previous novels covered a varied time period right up to the 1950’s and were staged in many countries including South America, Cuba and the US. This time we start off in 1941 deep into WW11 action with Bernie now under the command of Reinhard Heydrich, Reichsprotector of Bohemia. After leaving the horrors of the Eastern Front the smart-mouthed, cynical and stubborn Bernie Gunther returns to Berlin to regain his old position at Kripo. The RAF is targeting his beloved city nightly: the blackouts, the destruction and food rationing are playing havoc with day to day life. Bernie’s first case is to investigate the suspicious violent death of a Dutch railway worker. There is always an intriguing sub-plot Bernie is a master at multitasking hence he also finds himself in the middle of a rape attempt. Wouldn’t you know it! The victim Arianne is a real beauty and she soon has Bernie under her spell. She turns out to be more trouble than our protagonist suspects….. When Reinhard Heydrich orders him to spend the weekend at his country house with senor SS and SD figures Bernie puts everything on hold and goes with Arianne to Prague. Things get hectic when one of Heydrich’s aides-de-camp is found murdered in his locked room. Bernie is ordered to investigate and his no nonsense, no bull style quickly raises the ire of the Nazi brass. Trouble should have been Bernie’s middle name. Most of the action takes place at Heydrich’s estate, in Arianne’s hotel room and in the terrifying police HQ in Prague. Prague Fatale” is a fast paced tale with an endlessly explosive atmosphere, an excellent and captivating novel. Like the others it is written in a sarcastic style with a twist of dark humour, Bernie is always portrayed as a deeply flawed but sympathetic protagonist. His first person narration goes a long way in creating the ambience of the time. All the supporting characters are equally well developed and play an intricate part in the story. This novel is a wonderful blend of fact and fiction that can be enjoyed as a standalone or in sequel to the others.
Date published: 2012-08-11

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Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel

by Philip Kerr

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.71 × 5.09 × 0.76 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143122843

ISBN - 13: 9780143122845

About the Book

1941: Reinhard Heydrich is hosting a gathering to celebrate his new position. All are high-ranking Party members and each is a suspect in a crime as yet to be committed. A complex tale of spies, partisan terrorists, vicious infighting, and a turncoat traitor situated in the upper reaches of the Third Reich.

From the Publisher

The latest New York Times bestseller from the author of the Berlin Noir trilogy and the New York Times bestseller Field Gray brings Bernie Gunther back—to a house party from hell

First introduced in Philip Kerr''s celebrated Berlin Noir trilogy, Bernie Gunther is an honest cop living in the most ruthless of times. Prague Fatale is Bernie''s latest outing, and it''s a tantalizing locked-door mystery-cum-political-thriller that''s poised to build on Field Gray''s success, confirming Kerr as a master of espionage literature.

            It''s 1941 and Bernie is back from the Eastern Front, once again working homicide in Berlin''s Kripo and answering to Reinhard Heydrich, a man he both detests and fears. Heydrich has been newly named Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. Tipped off that there is an assassin in his midst, he orders Bernie to join him at his country estate outside Prague, where he has invited some of the Third Reich''s most odious officials to celebrate his new appointment. One of them is the would-be assassin. Bernie can think of better ways to spend a beautiful autumn weekend, but, as he says, "You don''t say no to Heydrich and live."

About the Author

Philip Kerr is the author of seven Bernie Gunther novels. As P. B. Kerr, he is the author of the young adult series Children of the Lamp. He lives in London.

Editorial Reviews

"Inside this mesmerizing novel, set mainly in a country house outside Prague, is a tantalizing locked-door murder mystery that will thrill fans of Philip Kerr''s Bernie Gunther novels." — Carol Memmott, USA Today "[ Prague Fatale ] is clever and compelling, proving once again that the Bernie Gunther books are, by a long chalk, the best crime series around today." —The Daily Beast "[Philip Kerr] is an absolute master of the genre." —The Courier-Journal "In Prague Fatale , [Bernie Gunther] is back in the early days of the Second World War, dealing with a case that combines espionage, terrorism and a locked-room mystery [. . .] Philip Kerr does his usual fine job of setting the scenes and portraying the personalities of the era.  His Nazis are note-perfect creations, as are the other characters, fictional and historical, of Second World War-era Europe, all of it flavoured by the wisecracking, tough-talking Gunther, who has been called the Sam Spade of Germany.  Kerr knows his modern German history, and is gifted at storytelling, and Gunther is a dark anti-hero for the ages." — H. J. Kirchhoff, The Globe and Mail “Bernie Gunther, the indomitable Berliner at the heart of this great series, is a man pummeled by history. . . . The great strength of Field Gray is Kerr’s overpowering portrait of the war’s horrors, [and] the glue holding it all together is Bernie himself, our battered, defiant G
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