|By (author):||Kerr, Philip|
|Series:||Bernie Gunther Novel, A|
|Subject:||FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General|
|FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical|
|FICTION / Thrillers / General|
|Size:||7.75in x 5.06in x 0.94in|
|From The Publisher*||New York Times–bestselling author Philip Kerr's much anticipated return to Bernie Gunther, in a series hailed by The Daily Beast as "the best crime novels around today."|
The French Riviera, 1956. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide dick and unwilling SS officer, is the go-to guy at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for touring tips or if you need a fourth for bridge. As it happens, a local writer needs just that, someone to fill the fourth seat in a regular game that is the usual evening diversion at the Villa Mauresque. Not just any writer. Perhaps the most famous living writer in the world: W. Somerset Maugham.
And it turns out it is not just a bridge partner that he needs; it's some professional advice. Maugham is being blackmailed-perhaps because of his unorthodox lifestyle. Or perhaps because of something in his past, because once upon a time, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service, and the people now blackmailing him are spies.
As Gunther fans know, all roads lead back to the viper's nest that was Hitler's Third Reich and to the killing fields that spread like a disease across Europe. Even in 1956, peace has not come to the continent now that the Soviets also have the H-bomb and spies from every major power feel free to make all of Europe their playground.
|Review Quote*||Praise for Philip Kerr|
"Bernie just tries to behave decently in a world where the serial killers run the governments and history itself may be the biggest crime of all." -John Powers, Fresh Air (NPR)
Praise for The Other Side of Silence
"The intricacies of the plot, partly based on Maugham's history as a British spy in charge of a team of secret agents, make this one of Kerr's best technical efforts. But it's the characterization of Maugham and the sound of his voice . . . that makes this novel memorable." -The New York Times Book Review
"Readers who love hard-boiled heroes fell for Bernie Gunther back when he was a Berlin cop talking tough to Nazi thugs (March Violets, 1989), and we loved him just as much when he was forced to become an SS soldier on the Eastern Front (Field Gray, 2011). And yet, those whose own dark core runs deep may well love the postwar Bernie most of all, the Bernie whose cynicism has slowly morphed into black despair, like whiskey gradually eating its way through a defenseless liver. . . . The Other Side of Silence is one of the best in a sterling series." -Booklist (starred review)
"Kerr carefully develops his plot, sense of place, and characterization, enabling readers to imagine what it must have been like to have lived in a postwar morass of political and moral ambiguity. This is more than a crime or espionage novel; it's a marvelous, hard-boiled political read." -Library Journal (starred review)
"Intricate enough to satisfy puzzle-minded readers . . . right out of the Agatha Christie playbook." -The Washington Post
"Blackmail, murder, deception, sexual shenanigans of every sort, and an undercurrent of black humor pervade Philip Kerr's 11th novel featuring the unsinkable German detective Bernie Gunther." - Pittsburg Post Gazette
|Biographical Note||Philip Kerr is the author of the widely acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels, including The Other Side of Silence, The Lady From Zagreb, A Man Without Breath, Prague Fatale,and Field Gray, all New York Times bestsellers. Field Grayand The Lady From Zagreb were both finalists for Edgar Award for Best Novel. Kerr has also been a finalist for the Shamus Award and the winner of the British Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Historical Award. Under the name P. B. Kerr, he is the author of the much-loved young adult series Children of the Lamp. He lives in London.|