Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel by Philip KerrPrague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel by Philip Kerr

Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel

byPhilip Kerr

Paperback | March 26, 2013

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Former detective and reluctant SS officer Bernie Gunther must infiltrate a brutal world of spies, partisan terrorists, and high-level traitors in this “clever and compelling”(The Daily Beast) New York Times bestseller from Philip Kerr.

Berlin, 1941. 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.”

Philip Kerr is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels, two of which—Field Gray and The Lady from Zagreb—were finalists for the Edgar® Award for Best Novel. Kerr has also won several Shamus Awards and the British Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Award for Historical Crime Fiction. As P. B. Ke...
Title:Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.77 × 5.12 × 0.93 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143122843

ISBN - 13:9780143122845


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Welcome to Prague, Mr. Gunther This is the 8th book in the Bernie Gunther series; a series that takes place in Nazi Germany during the 2nd World War. In this novel, Commissar Gunther is investigating the mysterious death of a foreign railroad worker when he is "asked" (read forced) to come to Reinhard Heydrich's castle in Prague. Heydrich wants Gunther to become his personal bodyguard/detective and to protect him from would be assassins. Instead, while at the villa, one of Heydrich's adjutants is murdered, and Bernie must track down a killer amongst a house full of killers. Adding to the intrigue is a woman who Bernie finds himself falling in love with despite her clear involvement in suspicious acts that may land both of them in hot water with the SS. This is a great "locked room" mystery (and even gives kudos to Agatha Christie, the master of the genre) and , as always when the Nazis are involved, the outcome is never quite what you expect.
Date published: 2017-03-18

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Philip Kerr and the Bernie Gunther Novels “A brilliantly innovative thriller writer.”—Salman Rushdie   “Philip Kerr is the only bona fide heir to Raymond Chandler.”—   “In terms of narrative, plot, pace and characterization, Kerr’s in a league with John le Carré.”—The Washington Post   “Every time we’re afraid we’ve seen the last of Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr comes through with another unnerving adventure for his morally conflicted hero.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review   “Just as youth is wasted on the young, history is wasted on historians. It ought to be the exclusive property of novelists—but only if they are as clever and knowledgeable as Philip Kerr.”—Chicago Tribune   “Kerr quantum leaps the limitations of genre fiction. Most thrillers insult your intelligence; his assault your ignorance.”—Esquire “A richly satisfying mystery, one that evokes the noir sensibilities of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald while breaking important new ground of its own.”—Los Angeles Times   “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)   “The Bernie Gunther novels are first-class, as stylish as Chandler and as emotionally resonant as the best of Ross Macdonald.”—George Pelecanos   “Kerr’s stylish noir writing makes every page a joy to read.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)