Field Grey

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Quercus, 2011 - Detective and mystery stories - 567 pages
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'A man doesn't work for his enemies unless he has little choice in the matter.'

So says Bernie Gunther. It is 1954 and Bernie is in Cuba. Tiring of his increasingly dangerous work spying on Meyer Lansky, Bernie acquires a boat and a beautiful companion and quits the island. But the US Navy has other ideas, and soon he finds himself in a place with which he is all too familiar - a prison cell. After exhaustive questioning, he is flown back to Berlin and yet another prison cell with a proposition: work for French intelligence or hang for murder.

The job is simple: he is to meet and greet POWs returning to Germany and to look out for one in particular, a French war criminal and member of the French SS who has been posing as a German Wehrmacht officer. The French are anxious to catch up with this man and deal with him in their own ruthless way. But Bernie's past as a German POW in Russia is about to catch up with him - in a way he could never have foreseen.

Bernie Gunther's seventh outing delivers more of the fast-paced and quick-witted action that we have come to expect from Philip Kerr. Set in Cuba, a Soviet POW camp, Paris and Berlin, and ranging over a period of twenty years from the Thirties to the Fifties, Field Grey is an outstanding thriller by a writer at the top of his game.

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Excellent dialogue, excellent on plot. - LibraryThing
The plot, however, has grown in scope and intricacy. - LibraryThing
There was really no plot--sorry. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Cathymacleod - LibraryThing

This is also a history lesson BERLIN cop Bernie Gunther is anti-nazi, so I share his horror when, after WW2, he is sentenced to death as a nazi war criminal. But being a victim is par for Gunther. In ... Read full review

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User Review  - BrianHostad - LibraryThing

Not the best Bernie Gunther book, let down by the relatively thin plot. As in the previous two books it progresses the story of Gunther's post war, post Germany exile, intermingled with details of his ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Philip Kerr is the author of six other acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels. His last novel, If the Dead Rise Not, won the 2009 CWA Ellis Peters' Award for Best Historical Crime Novel. Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh but now lives in London and in Cornwall.

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