A Man Without Breath: A Bernie Gunther Novel

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A Man Without Breath: A Bernie Gunther Novel

by Philip Kerr

Penguin Publishing Group | March 25, 2014 | Trade Paperback

A Man Without Breath: A Bernie Gunther Novel is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
The New York Times–bestselling author of Prague Fatale and Field Gray is “in a league with John le Carré” (The Washington Post)

Berlin, March 1943. A month has passed since Stalingrad and morale is low. Then Berlin learns of a Red massacre of Polish troops near Smolensk. In a rare instance of agreement, both the Wehrmacht and Propaganda Minister Goebbels want irrefutable evidence of this Russian atrocity. And so Bernie Gunther is dispatched. In Smolensk, Prussian aristocrats look down at the wise-cracking Berlin bull. But Bernie doesn’t care about fitting in. He only wants to uncover the identity of a savage killer—before becoming a victim himself.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 pages, 7.77 × 5.04 × 0.83 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143125133

ISBN - 13: 9780143125136

Found in: Suspense

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3 stars This is a very chilling novel.  The author immerses you fully in the world surrounding WWII with this hard hitting story.  This novel is well written and put together with a very solid storyline, or should I say intertwining storylines.  They weave together in an intricate, formulaic manner that becomes somewhat predictable while remaining interesting.  I really appreciated how solidly Kerr stayed within the time period in question.  He uses real history to develop his work of fiction.  I personally found the author’s writing to be quite heavy, making it difficult to really get into the story.   The characters in this novel were quite well put together.  They were well developed yet remained aloof, as would befit both their station and the time period.  Unfortunately, I found that although this lead to extra credence in the story it also added to its unapproachability at times.   This was definitely an intriguing read, if rather dense at times.  It would be a great read for those who enjoy mystery and traveling back to the WWII era.
Date published: 2014-03-30

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A Man Without Breath: A Bernie Gunther Novel

A Man Without Breath: A Bernie Gunther Novel

by Philip Kerr

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 pages, 7.77 × 5.04 × 0.83 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143125133

ISBN - 13: 9780143125136

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Also by Philip KerrTitle PageCopyrightDedicationEpigraph PART ONE1: MONDAY, MARCH 1, 19432: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 19433: FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 19434: MONDAY, MARCH 8, 19435: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 19436: THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 19437: FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 19438: SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 19439: SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 194310: THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 194311: SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 194312: MONDAY, MARCH 22, 1943PART TWO1: FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 19432: SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 19433: MONDAY, MARCH 29, 19434: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 19435: THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 19436: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 19437: THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 19438: THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 19439: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 194310: THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 194311: FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 194312: SATURDAY, MAY 1, 194313: SUNDAY, MAY 2, 194314: MONDAY, MAY 3, 1943 An excerpt from The Lady From Zabreb1Franz Meyer stood up at the head of the table, glanced down, touched the cloth, and awaited our silence. With his fair hair, blue eyes, and neoclassical features that looked as if they’d been carved by Arno Breker, Hitler’s official state sculptor, he was no one’s idea of a Jew. Half of the SS and SD were more obviously Semitic. Meyer took a deep, almost euphoric breath, gave a broad grin that was part relief and part joie de vivre, and raised his glass to each of the four women seated around the table. None were Jewish and yet, by the racial stereotypes beloved of the Propaganda Ministry, they might have been; all were Germans with strong noses, dark eyes, and even darker hair. For a moment Meyer seemed
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The New York Times–bestselling author of Prague Fatale and Field Gray is “in a league with John le Carré” (The Washington Post)

Berlin, March 1943. A month has passed since Stalingrad and morale is low. Then Berlin learns of a Red massacre of Polish troops near Smolensk. In a rare instance of agreement, both the Wehrmacht and Propaganda Minister Goebbels want irrefutable evidence of this Russian atrocity. And so Bernie Gunther is dispatched. In Smolensk, Prussian aristocrats look down at the wise-cracking Berlin bull. But Bernie doesn’t care about fitting in. He only wants to uncover the identity of a savage killer—before becoming a victim himself.

About the Author

Philip Kerr is the New York Times–bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther series. He is also the author (as P. B. Kerr) of the young adult series Children of the Lamp. He lives in London.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Man Without Breath “This is the most intelligent brand of crime fiction, and there is moral complexity here in spades.”—The Daily Beast “An engrossing story.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel “A Man Without Breath is a masterful accomplishment that delivers a gripping mystery wrapped around meticulously researched history…It brings the deadly past to life.”—The Arizona Republic“By the time we have reached the 465th and final page we have had not only a stirring novel of World War II, but a deep immersion into the war’s history. Let’s hear it for a Gunther Novel No. 10!”—Express Milwaukee“Kerr just keeps raising the ante with this series. And this is the best book yet.”—Dayton Daily News “One of these days World War II will come to an end, and then how will we manage without Bernie Gunther, the cynical Berlin cop who has somehow contrived to stay alive and retain some vestige of personal integrity in Philip Kerr’s harrowing historical thrillers?”—The New York Times Book Review “This ninth Bernie Gunther tale (after Prague Fatale) focuses on two months of 1943, mixing real-life characters with fictional ones. Kerr’s historical knowledge and writing skills merge these elements seamlessly in a gripping story of murder, but it is Bernie who holds it all together even as he questions the absurdity of attempting normalcy during war. Mystery, historical fiction, and military history buffs will join existing Bernie fans in welcoming this latest installment in the series.”—Libra
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