By Philip Kerr
September 1941: Bernie Gunther returns from the horrors of the jap entrance to discover his domestic urban of Berlin replaced, and adjusted for the more serious. The blackout, rationing, the RAF, the S-Bahn assassin and Czech terrorists are all conspiring to make lifestyles very disagreeable. Now again at his previous table on murder in Kripo HQ, Alexanderplatz, Bernie begins to enquire the loss of life of a Dutch railway employee, whereas beginning anything - of a wholly various nature - with an area good-time lady.
But he's obliged to drop every thing while his previous boss, Reinhard Heydrich of the SD, the recent Reichsprotector of Bohemia and Moravia, orders him to Prague to spend a weekend at his state condominium. it truly is a call for participation Bernie feels he could gladly were spared, in particular while he meets his fellow visitors - them all senior loathsome figures within the SS and SD.
The weekend turns bitter presently whilst a physique is located, in a room that used to be locked from the interior. Now the highlight falls on Bernie to teach off his investigative talents and resolve this doubtless most unlikely secret. If he fails to take action, he is aware what's at stake - not just his popularity, but in addition that of Reinhard Heydrich, a guy who doesn't wish to lose face.
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