Berlin detective Bernie Gunther bows out at last in the 14th and final book
of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling series, perfect for fans
of John le Carre and Robert Harris. 'One of the greatest anti-heroes ever
written' LEE CHILD 'One of the greatest master story-tellers in English'
ALAN FURST Berlin, 1928, the dying days of the Weimar Republic shortly
before Hitler and the Nazis came to power. It was a period of decadence and
excess as Berliners - after the terrible slaughter of WWI and the hardships
that followed - are enjoying their own version of Babylon. Bernie is a
young detective working in Vice when he gets a summons from Bernard Weiss,
Chief of Berlin's Criminal Police. He invites Bernie to join KIA - Criminal
Inspection A - the supervisory body for all homicide investigation in
Kripo. Bernie's first task is to investigate the Silesian Station killings
- four prostitutes murdered in as many weeks. All of them have been hit
over the head with a hammer and then scalped with a sharp knife. Bernie
hardly has time to acquaint himself with the case files before another
prostitute is murdered. Until now, no one has shown much interest in these
victims - there are plenty in Berlin who'd like the streets washed clean of
such degenerates. But this time the girl's father runs Berlin's foremost
criminal ring, and he's prepared to go to extreme lengths to find his
daughter's killer. Then a second series of murders begins - of crippled
wartime veterans who beg in the city's streets. It seems that someone is
determined to clean up Berlin of anyone less than perfect. The voice of
Nazism is becoming a roar that threatens to drown out all others. But not
Bernie Gunther's ...

Philip Kerr—Metropolis - Bernie Gunther 14

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