Prague Fatale

Prague Fatale

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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."

Publisher: New York :, Marian Wood Books
Copyright Date: ♭2011
ISBN: 9781101580325
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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this is a grim book, it covers the time in ww2 history just before Heydrich was assassinated. It includes fictional scenes of interactions between he and Bernie Gunther, a high level German cop assigned to his territory. I have doubts that the Heydrich thusly portrayed is the Heydrich of history. What other writer makes that attempt? This is a powerful writer, well worth checking out. He pulls no punches.

Start this book by reading the 'Afterward' which helps to anchor parts of the plot in real history. I am always profoundly touched when I read a Phillip Kerr novel. He reminds me how society can so easily blame the 'other' when things are not going well. In this plot Kerr buries a critique of fallibility of the German Banking System which helped to drive pre WWII Germany into financial depression.

This is a great stand-alone novel for readers who are not familiar with Kerr and his protagonist, chief inspector Gunther. Yes Gunther is sarcastic and sometimes vulgar but the character is authentic and conflicted in a dystopia where there is so little he can do to help vulnerable citizens.

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maipenrai
Dec 10, 2016

(The eighth book in the Bernie Gunther series)

Bernie Gunther, former homicide detective for Kripo---the criminal investigative branch within German police forces---and later P.I. in pre-WWII Berlin, has been sent home from the horrors of the eastern front and installed as an intelligence agent in the Nazi SD. He is summoned to Nazi-occupied Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1942 to serve as something of an investigative bodyguard for the cruel 'Reich Protector' of the new German provinces of Bohemia & Moravia: Reinhard Heydrich. While there in the SS officer's castle headquarters he becomes involved in a murder investigation that stabs towards the heart of the Nazi mythos, threatening its destruction. A scurrilous cast of Nazi characters are interrogated, but the real culprit is the very last one suspected. And the reasons: as vile in their disregard for human life as their party line is for human decency. Bernie is lucky to get out with his life---before the real BIG crime hits the Obergruppenführer, a sick man in a crumbling castle in the forsaken Czech capital.

-Himmel Library staff

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athena14
Jun 14, 2013

Bernie's incessant sarcasm wearied me.

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Bartie
Nov 08, 2012

Very different than the other ones in the series. Weaving the usual Bernie Gunther stuff with an Agatha Christie style whodunit and the historical overtones. It is difficult to write a book set during WWII and keep the realism intact (not succumbing to black and white) but I think Kerr achieves it.

boonerator Nov 08, 2012

Bernie is the best. Treat yourself and start at the beginning with March Violets and work your way to this one. Which is masterful writing about a fascinating character.

bmetcalf64 Jul 26, 2012

Another gripping Bernie Gunther story. Just finished reading Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, so all of the names have more of a context now. Can't wait to see what Kerr puts this fellow through next.

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