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Author: Philip Kerr Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Bernie Gunther Novels Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9780399566516
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An NPR Book of the Year
A Crime Reads Best Crime Book of 2018

A vicious murder puts Bernie Gunther on the trail of World War 2 criminals in Greece in this riveting historical thriller in Philip Kerr's New York Times bestselling series.


Munich, 1956. Bernie Gunther has a new name, a chip on his shoulder, and a dead-end career when an old friend arrives to repay a debt and encourages "Christoph Ganz" to take a job as a claims adjuster in a major German insurance company with a client in Athens, Greece.

Under the cover of his new identity, Bernie begins to investigate a claim by Siegfried Witzel, a brutish former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war. Witzel's claimed losses are large , and, even worse, they may be the stolen spoils of Greek Jews deported to Auschwitz. But when Bernie tries to confront Witzel, he finds that someone else has gotten to him first, leaving a corpse in his place.

Enter Lieutenant Leventis, who recognizes in this case the highly grotesque style of a killer he investigated during the height of the war. Back then, a young Leventis suspected an S.S. officer whose connection to the German government made him untouchable. He's kept that man's name in his memory all these years, waiting for his second chance at justice...

Working together, Leventis and Bernie hope to put their cases--new and old--to bed. But there's a much more sinister truth to acknowledge: A killer has returned to Athens...one who may have never left. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • For bereft Kerr aficionados, this is a draught of vintage, as themes of redemption
    are grippingly explored.
    The Guardian
  • Bernie Gunther…is back — which is good news for all readers… What makes this latest Bernie book notable is how it strikes a series of authentic notes. The Washington Times
  • Greeks Bearing Gifts is the 13th Bernie book, each of them a polished gem of unsentimental detective writing echoing Chandler and Hammett in spirit, if not language. … The entire series of books balances on the shoulders of Bernie Gunther, surely one of the most likable and confounding characters in modern detective fiction — or, it should be said, in contemporary English literature in general. For that is what Kerr has created, not mere formulaic genre novels, and Bernie’s moral ambiguity has a lot to do with the magnetic power of Kerr’s work. San Antonio Express-News
  • “Adding an arch tone to his delivery, narrator John Lee provides an extra layer of listening pleasure to the thirteenth installment of the adventures of Bernie Gunther…Lee handles the accents and colorful characters, as well as Bernie’s observations and the shifts in pacing, with steady hands…Lee and Kerr combine their storytelling talents to make this visit to the dark streets and alleys of Berlin bone-chilling and emotionally satisfying.”

    AudioFile

  • A terrifically complex tale ... a beautifully written novel by a gifted writer who has left us too soon. Washington Post
  • “It doesn't take much to get swept into Gunther's latest adventure or taken in by his darkly witty commentary. Chicago Tribune
  • "Every bit as powerful and atmospheric and addictively page-turning as all the ones that came before it. Christian Science Monitor
     
  • Beyond Marlowe, though, there’s Bernie…Bernie’s internal demons have always provided the compelling drama in this series, and here we loyal supporters are granted a ray of hard-won hope. It provides a great moment in an always-riveting series. Booklist, starred review
  • In typical top form, Kerr provides valuable insights into the times...Inspired by real people and events, the latest novel by the celebrated author of the Berlin Noir trilogy is a deep but breezy work in which even the most trustworthy characters can harbor dark secrets. Kirkus Review, starred review
  • An outstanding historical thriller steeped in intrigue with a superb narrative, pace, and characterization. Library Journal, starred review
  • Once again, Kerr shows Bernie contending bravely if futilely against powerful forces whose full evil becomes clear only at the end. Publishers Weekly
  • “As powerful and atmospheric and addictively page-turning as all the ones that came before it.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “It doesn’t take much to get swept into Gunther’s latest adventure or taken in by his darkly witty commentary.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A polished gem of unsentimental detective writing echoing Chandler and Hammett in spirit, if not language…Bernie Gunther [is] surely one of the most likable and confounding characters in modern detective fiction—or, it should be said, in contemporary English literature in general.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “A byzantinely plotted escapade in which the oft-noted similarity between Bernie and Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe is more evident than ever…Bernie’s internal demons have always provided the compelling drama in this series, and here we loyal supporters are granted a ray of hard-won hope. It provides a great moment in an always-riveting series.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An outstanding historical fiction thriller steeped in intrigue with a superb narrative, pace, and characterization.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • "[In] Kerr’s twisty thirteenth Bernie Gunther novel…once again, Kerr shows Bernie contending bravely if futilely against powerful forces whose full evil becomes clear only at the end. The good news for series fans is that an even better career may lie ahead for Bernie—as a spy.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. His has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.

About the Narrator

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. His has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.