cover image The Lady from Zagreb: A Bernie Gunther Novel

The Lady from Zagreb: A Bernie Gunther Novel

Philip Kerr. Putnam/Marion Wood, $26.95 (432p) ISBN 978-0-399-16764-5

Bestseller Kerr’s superlative 10th novel featuring former homicide cop Bernie Gunther (after 2013’s A Man Without Breath) finds Bernie, now an officer in the SD, at an international police conference in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee in the summer of 1942. Heinrich Heckholz, an attorney, wants Bernie to use his access at Wannsee to gather evidence that a charitable foundation is involved in fraud. Soon after, Heckholz is beaten to death with a bust of Hitler in his office. Almost a year later, with the crime still unsolved, Joseph Goebbels asks Bernie to help movie star Dalia Dresner locate her estranged father. Bernie falls quickly—and hard—for Dalia and agrees to travel on her behalf to Yugoslavia, where he witnesses some horrific scenes. Kerr combines a murder mystery that Raymond Chandler could have devised with a searing look at the inhumanity of the Nazis and their allies, presented from a unique perspective. [em]Agent: Caradoc King, A.P. Watt (U.K.). (Apr.) [/em]